Message posted on 16/05/2024

CfP Extended deadline 27 May - Hybrid Panel 40 - WAU Congress 2024, South Africa, 11th – 15th November

Dear Colleague,

(sorry if cross posting!)

with a view to linking our activities in EASA with those worldwide, I would
like to inform you there is still time to participate in the call for
papers of the World Anthropological Union (WAU) Congress 2024
! The deadline has been extended until *27
May. *Other
calls are also open.

I am pleased to bring to your attention the *hybrid* *panel, * *PN40*
and creativity: reaching new audiences”, *convened by Giovanna Guslini,
Mary J. Hallin, and Lukasz Kaczmarek, co-sponsored by IUAES Anthropology
and Education Commission and by IUAES Documentation Commission.

The panel solicits creative proposals across disciplines and welcomes
various experiences that contribute to reaching new audiences, as well as
educating and raising awareness in anthropology at all levels.

You can find the *panel description* *here*
. If you wish to submit an abstract,
kindly click *here* *.* *Deadline: 27
May 2024*

*Please, see the registration fees **here
. *

The conference will take place in a hybrid mode in Johannesburg (South
Africa) from 11th to 15th November this year.

We look forward to meeting you online or in Johannesburg next November!

Warm wishes,


PS: For your convenience, you can find our full panel description also


*Prof. Giovanna Guslini*

*Formerly of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research*

*International Training Projects Coordinator*

*Formerly in Education and Cooperation Projects of the Italian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs *

*Lecturer in Public Contexts, Writer for New Audiences, Artist*

*EASA Teaching Anthropology Network Co-Convenor*

*IUAES Co-Chair of the Commission on Anthropology and Education*

*Royal Anthropological Institute Fellow*

ORGANIZERS Giovanna Guslini

Formely of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italy

Presence: Face to Face/ On Site

*Mary J. Hallin*

University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States of America


*Lukasz Kaczmarek*

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

Presence:Face to Face/ On Site

*IUAES Affiliation: *Anthropology and Education

*IUAES Affiliation: *Documentation

communication, new audiences, anthropology across disciplines,
inter/transdisciplinarity, creativity

In this panel, we want to create a space for discussing different creative
forms of communicating anthropology to new audiences of non-anthropologists
and working across disciplines. This includes examining modes of
communication and language to facilitate understanding of anthropological
knowledge and perspective by the public and media. How do we make
anthropology relevant to those outside the discipline? Anthropology has
long been exploring new topics, forms of action, and expression. These
explorations require working across disciplines and entering into
relationships with new interlocutors. To reach out to new audiences and
implement public anthropology, many anthropologists are trying to make
jargon understandable and to “translate” academic language into one that
can be easily figured out by non-anthropologists. A more attractive and
engaging way to communicate is often more suitable for non-professionals,
and so professionals have to invent how to amuse, intrigue, surprise,
discover, and excite through new creative ways. They also understand that
it is essential to know better these new audiences, their contexts,
expectations, habits, curiosities, interests, and backgrounds.
Anthropologists, working across disciplines, collaborating with colleagues
within and outside the university, and interacting with the public, then
need to define a common creative space of experimentation, creativity,
innovation, and production. Thus they can talk about anthropology and
concretely show its outputs, using also the different languages of
communication and expression of multiple disciplines. Writing stories,
painting, acting out a play, composing songs or poems, running an
experiment in the lab, creating a robot, drawing cartoons, or taking
photographs and videos are just a few examples that can be inspired by
fieldwork. Talking to the media, participating in television broadcasts,
organising events for school students, parents, and teachers, writing for
magazines and newspapers, telling stories or composing biographies, making
yourself available for interviews, designing itineraries for exhibitions,
providing accessible materials in museums, involving policymakers, raising
awareness through social media and film-making are just some of the ways to
make anthropological perspective available to everyone and able to shape
public debates. In this panel, we would like to share our knowledge,
experience, and outputs on the opportunities, methods, techniques, and
tools that anthropologists can use to develop innovative ways to exchange
their knowledge and collaborate with non-anthropologists. The
anthropologist can attract and engage non-professional audiences in the
practice of different cultures, build a link between the academic world and
society and finally enhance the figure of the anthropologist among those
who still ignore her/his role in today's society. We invite papers that
propose new modes of expression and new audiences, as well as those
describing experiences in such directions and discussing their actual and
possible consequences for anthropology. Creative modes of translating and
collaborating with diverse audiences can enrich cross-cultural and
interdisciplinary collaborations.


“The *World Anthropological Union (WAU)* is an inclusive, cooperative
forum that
invigorates transnational anthropologies. WAU is the interface that unites
the missions of the IUAES and the WCAA, galvanizing person-to-person
dialogues and stimulating cooperative exchange among anthropological
associations. As a member of the ISC and the CIPSH, WAU represents the
ethical and scientific values of the field as the discipline's primary
international organization”
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