Melting pot of applied anthropologists in Europe

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The days 4th and 5th of November of 2016 the city of Tartu (Estonia) hosted hundreds of anthropologists. There were all kinds of them. Some came from nearby places like Helsinki, or Lithuania and others did a long trip, coming from  places such as United States or Australia. Some of them are anthropologists with a settled professional background and others are young promises of anthropology.

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is the official organizer of the “Why the world needs anthropologists?” event. This year some of our members of Antropología 2.0 were able to attend the third edition. And it did not leave us indifferent! For 48 hours we were able to meet and listen to excellent professionals who showed us new ways of understanding and applying anthropology.

Photo credit: Aivo Pölluäär

Excellent professionals who showed us new ways of understanding and applying anthropology

We want to share with you some of their names, as we understand you will find them and their works interesting as well.

We will start talking about Laura Korkulanin a young croatian-slovenian who combines in her projects anthropology, design and communication. (Don’t miss her Project Give a Shit).

Margarita Ferreira, professor at the Creative University of IADE, who gave a magnificent workshop in which she taught us how designers and anthropologists can work together.

We also met Melissa Cefkins, an anthropologist who works in Silicon Valley for Nissan in the development of intelligent and self-driving cars.

Daniel Miller, told us about the work he and his team have done in different parts of the world studying the use of social networks and how this affects people’s lives.

Of course, we couldn’t not mention Dan Podjed, one of the organizers of the event, and lead investigator of the Drive Green Project , a project in which anthropologists and engineers work together on a mobile application that promotes sustainable mobility.

We also met Sten Tamkivi, founder of Teleport, a website that helps you choose cities to live with your priorities in mind.

Or Janice Perersen of Antropologerne, who showed us how Open Data is being used successfully to solve problems specific to certain individuals and communities.

And last, but not least the interesting visions of Professor Dimitris Dalakoglou.

Photo credit: Aivo Pölluäär

The only Spaniards in the event

We were delighted with the talks, the hotspot área and the workshops. They certainly came as a breath of fresh air to us. But there was something that inevitably disturbed us. With more than 350 people from more than 20 different countries, we could not help but to be surprised when we found out that we were the only Spaniards there. Where are the Spanish anthropologists who dedicate themselves to the “applied side of anthropology”? During the event I was discussing this same issue with someone in a restroom. I cant recall who it was, but I remember that this person mentioned that anthropology in Spain, as in Latin America, had been encapsulated in a more romantic idea of anthropology. “They still focus on studying the exotic, with a certain paternalistic tint. In “protecting their cultures,” as if this ment necessarily to make them hermetic and immutable”.

In Antropología 2.0 we dont think this is entirely true. But of course, we would like to see more familiar faces in the next “Why the world needs anthropologists?”. That is why we encourage you to attend the next symposium on 28 and 29 October 2017 in Durham, UK.

Video completo del evento: https://www.uttv.ee/naita?id=24871

Graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology by the University of Granada and Master in Research and Rational Use of Medicines by the University of Valencia. This young researcher has worked in the public and private sector - both nationally and internationally - on consumer issues.

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