The applied sector within anthropology in the Netherlands is starting to gain more common ground. More and more 'non-academic' organisations are recognising the need for anthropological research, and universities like the University of Amsterdam offer a special applied anthropology track. However, academic and non-academic spaces tend to be distanced from each other and the space of academia can only prepare you so much for the big wide world out there. Similarly, non-academic organisations still know relatively little about the things that anthropologists actually do ("something with people, right?") and how to integrate them. We feel this distance could be improved by maturing the field of applied anthropology into an established discipline.
How can we bridge academic and non-academic worlds of anthropology and revise the anthropological "toolbox" together so that it fits both worlds? How do we ask and give practical advice to each-other to help us in the day-to-day work of applying anthropology?
In other words, how do we interbuild applied anthropology: building on each other and building the discipline?
To answer such question, we plan to organise once every 2 months, a two hours meetup for applied anthropologists, where we:
a) share experiences of applying anthropological thinking and working in various fields outside academia b) think and learn together, ask and provide practical advice and support to each other c) use the knowledge produced in the group to support the shaping of a “toolbox” for applied anthropology
To advance the 'interbuilding', we plan each session to be hosted by a different person, who will prepare a topic case that they are currently struggling with in applied anthropology, on which the group will give advice. Here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iNXtEWFDm2j5xw1EVMXFbwPfu3RaE0gT-3f8XXYeHI4/edit#gid=415824952 you will find a link to register yourself as a host for a future session. If desired, the host can also share materials upfront with the group in preparation. If, for a session, we have no host, the organisers will take it over. Each meetup is hosted in the common room on the 5th floor of the Anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam (Roeterseiland Campus, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV, Amsterdam). Drinks will be provided.
2020 has been a wild ride for our meetup space.
In our second year of existence, we reached over 300 members, hosted 13 meet-ups and - due to COVID19 - opened ourselves to an international membership as well as transitioned our format online. We hosted 9 brave speakers from our community in sharing their questions and challenges. We (hopefully) grew together in applying anthropology outside of the academic space.
We invite you - our community - to join us on a reflection on the past and future of this space. Together, we will look back on our intentions & results and set foundations for the new year.
Tips for a good online event:
- make sure you are in a quiet space with good internet connection
- use headphones
- mute your microphone when you are not speaking and use the "raise hand" option or the chat to signal that you want to contribute