Wat we doen

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 1.5h hours (online) meetups as well as 2h physical meetups (hosted by University of Amsterdam) 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 around community gathered topics of relevance within applied anthropology, on which the group will share experiences as well as give advice to eachother. Here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iNXtEWFDm2j5xw1EVMXFbwPfu3RaE0gT-3f8XXYeHI4/edit#gid=415824952 you will find our planned sessions for the year.

The online meetups are hosted on Zoom.
The physical meetups are 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.

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