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

Emma Ford

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 Emma Ford education@therai.org.uk.

2. Planned Activities for 2021

9 to 14 March 2021 IUAES Inter-Congress in Šibenik (Croatia) rescheduled from 7-11 Oct 2020.

Because of Covid19, the IUAES2020 organising committee of IUAES2020 has announced that provision is being made for virtual participation in the Congress.

Conference website: https://iuaes2020.conventuscredo.hr/

The IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education will hold a commission meeting and three panels. The call for papers (see https://iuaes2020.conventuscredo.hr/abstract-submission/) is open until 31 Dec 2020 for:

Panel no. 41 - Technology: Teaching and Learning Anthropology Around the World
Mary Hallin and Emma Ford (jointly organised with the Commission on Documentation)

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
Giovanna Guslini & Sabine Klocke-Daffa (Discussant: Vesna Vucinic) (jointly organised with WCAA Global Cultural Policies Task Force)

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
Leonardo Menegola & Joy Hendry

3. History of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education

On 17 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).

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 7 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.

On 10 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.

Between 16-20 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

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 on Wednesday 28 August (16:00-17.30 pm), the commission held three panels and a workshop:

Panel: Games, Technology and Concepts: resources we use for teaching and learning anthropology, 28 Aug 11:00 - 12:45
Emma Ford (Royal Anthropological Institute) UK
Mailing Rivera Lam (Universidad de Antofagasta) Chile

Workshop: writing for a public of non-anthropologists, 11:00 - 15:30, 28 Aug Part 1 & Part 2
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, 30 Aug 11:00 - 15:30
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, 31 Aug 10:00 - 14:00
Malka Shabtay (The Israeli Ministry of Education) Israel
Kiran Lata Dangwal (University of Lucknow) India

In 2020 the commission participated in the Online Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future Conference from 14-18 September  2020 (originally scheduled from 4-7 June 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)

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