Why the world needs anthropologists – an update

Why the world needs anthropologists – Coming out of the ivory tower
Location: Padua, Italy, Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano
Date and time: Friday, 5 December 2014, 13:00 – 18:00

Padua, Italy, 5 December 2014 – The second edition of the international symposium of applied anthropologists attempts to erase the boundary between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ anthropology, and presents opportunities for establishing long-lasting cooperation between academics and practitioners.

The symposium will feature three world-known speakers in the field of applied anthropology.

The first one is Antonio Luigi Palmisano, Professor of Social and Economic Anthropology at the University of Salento (Italy). His research has addressed, among other, the relation between customary and state law, the relationship between welfare and the state, and integration processes. He has conducted research in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and worked as an advisor on over fifty international agencies’ and states’ missions.

His presentation will be followed by a talk given by Rikke Ulk, the CEO and founder of Antropologerne, a project-based consultancy firm in Copenhagen (Denmark). Pioneering the approach of combining anthropology and design methods with co-creation, Rikke continuously strives to ensure that insight and change lead to innovation that is valuable for people, society, and the planet.

The final speech will be delivered by Michele Visciòla, President of a Turin-based user experience design company Experientia (Italy). Michele is an international expert on usability engineering, human computer interaction and user-centred innovation. He has specific interests in new interfaces, notification systems, scenario design, and the usability-aesthetics relationship.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Dan Podjed, Coordinator of EASA Applied Anthropology Network. Guests of the discussion will be the three speakers and two other anthropologists – Desirée Pangerc, applied anthropologist and Professor at CIELS University Campus (Italy), and Peter Simonič, initiator of political change and Assistant Professor at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

The event is organised by Applied Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), CIELS University Campus, University of Ljubljana, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, VU University Amsterdam, and KULA Slovenian Ethnological and Anthropological Association. The symposium is supported by Slovenian Research Agency.

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For additional information please contact Meta Gorup (EASA Applied Anthropology Network).

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