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About the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education

A commission of the IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences)

Commission on: Anthropology and Education
David Shankland

Sophie Cowling

Are you teaching, working or researching in the field of Anthropology and Education?

1. Join the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education

The Commission on Anthropology and Education brings together researchers, educators and students involved in the field of Anthropology and Education. Interests of the commission include the complementary roles of anthropology of education and anthropology in education. We encourage our members to exchange experiences of setting up anthropology education at pre-university level and explore similarities and differences between the teaching and learning of anthropology in schools, colleges, universities, adult education centres and extra-curricular events and activities. We encourage all those interested in joining the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education to contact Sophie Cowling education.iuaes[at]gmail.com

2. History of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education

IUAES 2015

On 17th July 2015 at the IUAES 2015 Inter-Congress, Bangkok Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries, WCAA delegates met to discuss possibilities in the form of a face to face meeting. David Shankland proposed a joint WCAA-IUAES panel on the place of anthropology in pre-university education which would also be the first meeting of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education. The need to develop a more global understanding of anthropology education was evident following events in England. In early 2015 AQA announced its decision to not redevelop Anthropology A-Level (a qualification for 16-18 year olds offered by some schools and sixth-form colleges in England).

IUAES 2016

The first formal gathering of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education took place at a joint WCAA-IUAES panel entitled ‘The teaching of anthropology in schools’ on 7th May 2016 at the IUAES 2016 Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The conference theme was ‘World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public’.  The secretary of the commission was voted in at this meeting and names were collected from attendees who wished to be part of the commission. The panel gave those present an opportunity to discuss the decision to discontinue anthropology A Level, the complementary roles of Anthropology of Education and Anthropology in Education, similarities and differences between anthropology as it is taught in pre-university and university education and the extent to which Anthropology is being taught as part of other qualifications and extra-curricular activities around the world.

World Humanities Conference 2017

On 10th August 2017, the commission held the ‘Anthropology and Education’ symposium at the World Humanities Conference in Liège, Belgium. The conference was co-organized by UNESCO, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the World Humanities Conference – Liège 2017 Foundation.  The symposium featured six papers which addressed anthropological approaches to education and anthropology in a range of educational settings. For example, international mindedness was discussed in relation to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Social and Cultural Anthropology. Speakers also discussed summer camps for undergraduate students, anthropology in early-years education and anthropology in high school. Several papers drew upon examples of teachers using anthropological content and approaches in their classrooms to help students discuss culture, difference and diversity. Benefits and future possibilities of introducing anthropology into a range of educational settings were explored.

IUAES 2018

Between 16 July – 20 July 2018, the IUAES Anthropology and Education commission met in Florianópolis, Brazil at the 18th World Congress of the IUAES. The conference theme was “World (of) Encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge”.

Three commission meetings took place to discuss the mission statement, plan future directions and activities and forge links with the ABA Commission on Education, Science and Technology A symposium on Culture, Learning and Education involved speakers from both commissions.

Four open panels were organised at the World Congress in association with the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education:

OP 019. Anthropology in the Classroom – How Is It Taught?
Panel convenors: Emma Ford (Royal Anthropological Institute) – United Kingdom
David Homa (Los Gatos High School) – United States of America

OP 066. Education and Wellbeing: Correspondent Ecologies
Panel convenors: Elizabeth Ann Rahman (University of Oxford) – United Kingdom,
Krzysztof Bierski (Freie Universitaet Berlin) – Germany

OP 143. Preparing Postgraduate Students for Diverse Careers
Panel convenors: Daniel Ginsberg (American Anthropological Association) – United States of America
Steffen Jöhncke (University of Copenhagen) – Denmark

OP 188. Towards a “pedagogy of intercultural/peaceful coexistence”: teaching anthropology in multicultural societies
Panel Convenors: Nora Christine Braun (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen) – Germany
Gordon Mathews (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) – Hong Kong

IUAES 2019

At the IUAES Inter-World Congress in Poland (Poznań) 27-31 August 2019 in addition to a meeting of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education, the commission held three panels and a workshop:

Panel: Games, Technology and Concepts: resources we use for teaching and learning anthropology
Emma Ford (Royal Anthropological Institute) UK
Mailing Rivera Lam (Universidad de Antofagasta) Chile

Workshop: writing for a public of non-anthropologists
Workshop Convenors:
Giovanna Guslini (Formerly of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, Intercultural and International Training) Italy
Ajeet Jaiswal (Pondicherry University) India
Sabine Klocke-Daffa (University of Tuebingen) Germany

Panel: Teaching and Learning Anthropology
Joy Hendry (Oxford Brookes University), UK
Kevin Purday (University of Cape Town) South Africa

Panel: The value of anthropology to therapists, counselors, coaches and educational professionals
Malka Shabtay (The Israeli Ministry of Education) Israel
Kiran Lata Dangwal (University of Lucknow) India

Anthropology and Geography Conference 2020

In 2020 the commission participated in the Online Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future Conference from 14-18 September 2020. This conference was jointly organised by the RAI, the RGS, the British Academy, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, and the British Museum’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education held the following panel and commission meeting:

ED01 Education outside the University – schools, outreach and the public: Geography and Anthropology in Conversation
Emma Ford (Royal Anthropological Institute/IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education)
Daniel Ginsberg (American Anthropological Association)

ED03 Meeting of the IUAES Anthropology and Education Commission
David Shankland (Chair of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education)
Emma Ford (Secretary of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education)

IUAES 2020

The IUAES 2020 Inter-Congress took place online from 9 to 14 March 2021.The IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education held the following three panels and a commission meeting:

Panel no. 41 Technology: Teaching and Learning Anthropology Around the World Convenors: Mary Hallin, Emma Ford. Discussant: Virgina R. Dominguez.

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. Convenors: Leonardo Menegola, Joy Hendry

Panel no. 54 What Can Anthropology Offer and What Can It Receive from the New Generations? How to Set up a Bottom-Up Teaching and a Bidirectional Relationship Convenors: Giovanna Guslini, Sabine Klocke-Daffa, Discussant: Vesna Vučinić Nešković

IUAES 2021

The Commission took part in IUAES 2021 which was held virtually from the 9 – 13 November 2021 in Yucatán, Mexico. Our commission members organised three panels and a roundtable:

Panel 86 – Afterlives of Education and the Revision of Aspirations
Convenors: John Loewenthal, Jessica Garber and Michelle Zhang

Panel 31 – Anthropology of Educational Settings: New Trends and Challenges
Convenors: Joy Hendry and Bóris Maia

Roundtable 14 – Learning and living nowadays: a round table in honor of Jean Lave
Convenors: Julieta Briseño-Roa and Ana María R. Gomez

#9 Meeting of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education: existing and potential new commission members are very welcome
Convenors: David Shankland, Emma Ford

Panel 56 – Heritage, an educational challenge for world citizens
Convenors: Giovanna Guslini, Sabine Klocke-Daffa and Antonella Imperatriz Tassinari
Discussant: Vesna Vučinić-Nešković

Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society Virtual Conference 2022

After the cancellation of the IUAES St Petersburg Congress, the Education Commission panels proposed were instead included in the RAI Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society Virtual Conference, which took place on 6 -10 June 2022. The following panels and round tables were presented:

Education and Mobility Today: Integrating Digital and Visual Technology with Physical Learning
Convenors: Giovanna Guslini, Mary Hallin and Mina Rad

Communicating the Moving World to Audiences of Non-Anthropologists
Convenors: Giovanna Guslini and Natalia Bloch

Planned Activities for 2023 and Beyond:

The commission is sponsoring the following panels at the IUAES-WAU World Anthropology Congress 2023 Delhi 14-20 October 2023:

Panel 103- Anthropology in India: Institutional Histories and Practices
Convened by Dr David Shankland and Prof Soumendra Mohan Patnaik
Co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Education and the Public Policy and Development Practice commissions

Panel 022- Dynamics of Developing University Programs of New Anthropologies
Convened by Prof Kiran Jayaram and Prof Ritu Verma

Workshop 3- Exploring (neoliberal) Leadership through the Body: a participatory theatre workshop
Convened by Dr Rich Thornton and Ms Riya Biswas
Co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Education and the Anthropology of Tourism Commissions

Panel 075- World Anthropologies: Learning across Countries, Cultures and Disciplines (online only/virtual participation)
Convened by Prof Giovanna Guslini and Dr Mary Hallin
Co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Education Commission and the Commission on Documentation

The commission is planning a Major Conference: Anthropology and Education on 25 June – 28 June 2024 in London. The call for panels is now open and can be accessed here.

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