About WWNA

What is WWNA?

Most people still imagine anthropologists as “bearded, sandals-with-socks obsessives” or “pith-helmet-wearing colonial adventurers living with ‘hidden tribes’ in the jungle”.

Clearly, it is high time to change the public perception of anthropology as an interesting but obsolete endeavour, as well as to dismantle the notion of “applied” as the “evil twin” of “academic” anthropology.

Let’s bridge the unhelpful divide between theory and practice. Let’s move beyond the principle of “Do No Harm” and instead seek to “Do Some Good”.

Careful reflections will remain necessary, but intervention is urgently needed.

Dan Podjed and Meta Gorup

co-founders of WWNA and Applied Anthropology Network, taken from Why the World Needs Anthropologists (Routledge, 2021)

Why The World Needs Anthropologists is an annual symposium, which aims to show how practising anthropologists are relevant to the contemporary world and the most pressing issues facing humanity. 

Visiting several European countries and attracting 3000+ participants from varying disciplines and sectors, the flagship symposium of EASA’s Applied Anthropology Network has been providing a platform for discussion, collaboration and action since 2013. 

The event acts beyond its annual thematic focus

The Organising Committee welcomes presentations of various strands and forms of practising anthropology and ethnography-based research in particular programme sections such as Hotspot, Workshops and Perspectives.

The spirit of inclusivity

One of the primary goals of WWNA and the Applied Anthropology Network is to grow the community beyond exclusive professional boundaries.

The event thus welcomes all individuals, groups and organisations interested in the theme as well as the general values and principles of social anthropology.

The usual WWNA three-day model is as follows:

Day 1: “Knowing”

The first day is dedicated to knowing. Topic-related talks are presented by the Speakers and followed by the Panel discussion.

The participants can mingle in the Hotspot fair and meet the event partners and sponsors presenting their projects, services or study programs.

During Future Movements, selected participants will present their own case studies.

Day 2: “Making”

The second day turns out to be more interactive.

Starting with Perspectives, a Pecha-Kucha style presentation followed by a Q&A, the participants are warmed up for community-driven Workshopsl.

The day concludes with the Evening session, a plenary meeting that includes a brand new initiative Apply Award Ceremony.

Day 3: “Acting” 

What’s coming next? Acting on new initiatives, collaborations and change-making ideas. The third day is an opportunity to prepare the stage for future steps.

The annual Applied Anthropology Network meeting and other network-related activities take place. In the meantime, the Assembly offers a communal platform for non-anthro colleagues.

Finally, WWNA relocates into urban public spaces with site-specific activities.

WWNA is wrapped in a series of night-time social events: a space to discuss, mingle and have fun with others. 

Who is the WWNA?

Organising Committee – onsite participation

The backbone of any successful WWNA event is the Organising Committee, which is the main decision-making and program-making body of the event. Each year it consists of local organising team members, and AAN convenors, based remotely across Europe, who are assigned specific tasks and responsibilities
Pavel Borecký, the former Production Lead for WWNA 2021 and Co-Convenor for the AAN has stepped down. We thank him for his years of tireless, dedicated work on WWNA and contributing to the Applied Anthropology Network. To get in touch with the WWNA or AAN organising teams, please email applied.team@easaonline.org and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Lora Koycheva

Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Petra Smutná

EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Martin Dolský

Charles University

Anna Berza

EASA Applied Anthropology Network / Initiative for Useful Anthropology

Antonio Greco

EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Mina P. Baginova

University College London / Charles University

Aneta Brunerová

EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Bérénice Perroud

EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Nicoletta Pavese

EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Bhavesh Jadva

EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Markus Rothmüller

EASA Applied Anthropology Network / Bridgemaker GmbH

Advisory Group – onsite participation

The Advisory Group is a team of high-level experts and local stakeholders that provides guidance on key organisational issues.

Václav Drozd

Central European Organising Center

Petra Ezzeddine

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Barbora Bírová

Anthropictures / Charles University


Feminist Activist Collective

Marek Jakoubek

Institute of Ethnology, Charles University

Anna Kárníková

Friends of the Earth Czech Republic

Filip Hausknecht

'Future' political movement

Adam Horálek

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Pardubice

Markéta Zandlová

Czech Association for Social Anthropology

Hana Synková

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Pardubice

Martin Heřmanský

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University