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


Convenor

Title Dr First name Leonardo Last name Menegola
Institution University of Milano Bicocca City Milano Country IT

Co-Convenor

Title Prof First name Joy Last name Hendry
Institution name Oxford Brookes University City Oxford Country GB

Panel

Panel title

Anthropology as Education. Exploring Practices and Opportunities to Employ Anthropology in the Formation of the Citizens and the Professionals of the Future

Panel abstract

Doesn't contemporary world need more anthropology? And wouldn't both citizens and (many) professionals nowadays need not just more anthropologists around, but rather more anthropological skills for themselves, to learn and bring into their personal and working lives? Anthropology is an object of education for non-anthropologists: either in the basic educational curriculum of future citizens, close to the other "traditional" subject matters; or in the training of such professionals as, for example, educators and health professionals, among others. This raises the issue, whether and how anthropology as a discipline could be synthesized in its mindset, ethos, concepts and methods, how could it be simplified or even "reduced" into an object of education, in order to become itself education for non-anthropologists. Anthropology deals with mutually differing identities; reciprocally complementary epistemologies; specular ways of organizing knowledge and belief, the truth and the world. As a discipline of mediation and comparison, it works at making diversities meet with and relate to one another. It "analyzes" by connecting any phenomenon to its context, to a broader picture. Can such an approach be defined, objectified at the service of other types education? This panel aims at discussing real or desirable ways of employing anthropology in education, on the one side, as a subject matter in compulsory education, to the advantage of tomorrow's citizens; on the other, in higher education curricula, at the benefice of future professionals in a number of different fields, from relationship to care and beyond, in institutions and management.

IUAES Commission

IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education