Descending the Ivory Tower: Public Anthropology and the Prospect of a Better Tomorrow (ANT2214.01) (cancelled 4/27/2023)

Steve Moog

Most anthropological knowledge never makes it out of academia; it is constructed, consumed, and interrogated by PhDs. This is not meant to be judgmental, merely a statement of facts. In the last decade, though, anthropology has paid more attention to using its insights to engage practical, everyday issues and make its knowledge more accessible to those outside of universities and similar institutions. Whether it is referred to as engaged, applied, or public anthropology, the goal is to use the methods and theories of the discipline to create change in the lived realities of people here and now through the study of culture. Students in this course will conduct ethnographic research to effect change (no matter how big or small) in real life and make the results of that research accessible to those who are interested. The class will explore the methodological, ethical, and theoretical components of constructing public anthropology and culminate in hands-on projects with people from diverse communities.

Learning Outcomes:
-Nuance understanding of the ethical, methodological, and theoretical considerations for public anthropology
-Hands-on experience conducting ethnographic fieldwork using multiple data collection processes
-Experience in translating anthropological data and theories into information that is broadly accessible

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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