Riall Nolan, Professor Emeritus - 5th December Anthropology Seminar Series

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30
Anthropology Seminar Room [RH1.20 Rowan House]

'Anthropological Practice, International Development and the Future of the Discipline'

Thursday 5 December 2019, 5.00-6.30pm, RH1.20, Rowan House
Anthropology Seminar, Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University

Anthropological practice is work done by anthropologists operating outside the academy. One of the more important and visible types of practice work occurs in international development. I’d like to trace the growth of practice in anthropology, and to do so with particular reference to anthropology’s involvement with international development. I’d like to highlight what I think are three key aspects of the current situation: tensions and differences in perspective between academics and practitioners; anthropology’s influence (or lack thereof) on how
development is done; and where anthropology might need to go in the future if it wants to contribute to confronting global grand challenges.