WWNA - Why The World Needs Anthropologists - Re/Generation - Berlin 2022 - 23-25 September

We are proud to announce the tenth annual hybrid (onsite and online) event

Why the World Needs Anthropologists:


A symposium that explores the different applications of anthropology beyond traditional academia. At the tenth edition, Re/Generation, we aim to create a collective movement to confront some of the most pressing and challenging global issues of our time.


Looking back on the vicissitude of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we witnessed our institutions, communities, markets, health and social networks, and governments brought to their knees by either depletion of workforces or having their in-built corruptions highlighted and rallied against. In response, we will create a space of open conversation about the very nature of decay, recovery and regeneration.

We want to evaluate the planet’s ongoing recovery and its attempt to bring itself back from the brink and highlight how movements in this time of great strife enabled people to assert themselves, however successfully, against the structures and systems it took this adversity to reveal. We want to inspire action towards the social and environmental pitfalls of the cyclical economy: how it has engendered cultures of proliferation, overuse, and unfettered disposal. We want to invite discourse around the very nature of regrowth. There is a crucial need for anthropological thinking around the ever-present issue of how different generations co-exist: what assumptions are made on the basis of age that hinder us from unlocking progress towards a more just planet?

The goal is to center our discipline in the seismic decisions that are being made about our social, ecological and economical future within the domains of: automation, environmental decay, social and financial recovery, and temporalities. The goal is to give something back – our expertise and energy, to learn from each other and embark on new collaborative projects.

Re-Generation welcomes people from different backgrounds to share their stories, ideas and experiences. 


Communication language: English

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More speakers to be announced! Stay tuned…


Anders Kristian Munk

Anders Kristian Munk

Director of Techno-Anthropology Lab at the University of Aalborg
David Prendergast

David Prendergast

Social anthropologist & professor at Maynooth University
Juan Carmach, LiiV Center

Juan Carmach

Project Officer of the Partnership for the Advancement of Digital Anthropology at UNESCO
Katia Dumont

Katia Dumont

Regional Network Organizer, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Muzna Al-Masri

Muzna Al-Masri

Anthropologist, researcher, consultant & co-founder of Ebla Research Collective
Philippe Birker

Philippe Birker

Researcher in Regenerative Agriculture

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