#323 Reconciling Differences and the Challenges of Building Anthropology into English School Subjects

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First name Adam Middle name Last name Runacres
Title Dr Organization / Institution UCL Department Anthropology
Address 44a St Stephens Avenue Postal / Zip code W12 8JH Country GB
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First name Remi Middle name Last name Davis
Title Ms. Organization / Institution UCL Department Institute of Education
Country GB E-Mail Hidden Presenting author Yes


Abstract title

Reconciling Differences and the Challenges of Building Anthropology into English School Subjects

Abstract text

Anthropology is currently only available at the secondary school level in England via the International Baccalaureate since the discontinuation of A-level Anthropology in 2018. This presents a challenge for anthropology educators, academics and outreach professionals who are witnessing the increasing value of anthropological knowledges and methodologies in the corporate world, charity sector and society at large. The triple crises of health, economy and racial discrimination illuminated in 2020 have only accelerated the potential contributions of anthropology in the public sphere, yet anthropology remains relatively unknown at the school level in England. So how can we encourage anthropological skills and knowledges to prepare students for the challenges that lie ahead? In this paper, we reflect on our experience of a leading anthropological schools outreach programme focused on building links between anthropology and non-anthropology A-level subjects through specific curriculum-based interventions. We explore where anthropology can make specific interventions, what the limitations of those interventions are and what future tactics may be important to encourage the next generation of anthropological thinkers despite the absence of anthropology at schools. In particular, the paper acts as an anthropological call to arms in light of the growing critiques of A-level curricula and the desperate need for their decolonisation.

Conference topic

Panel no. 60 - Anthropology as Education. Exploring Practices and Opportunities to Employ Anthropology in the Formation of the Citizens and the Professionals of the Future

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Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-05 0:53h by leonardomenegola

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