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Sarah Pink and John Postill

In this article, we propose a mode of anthropology that reflects on possible and imagined futures and how we might access these through a focus on mundane everyday activity. In doing so, we mobilise a design anthropological approach, drawing on

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Jonathan Ventura

The definition of 'applied anthropology' varies from period to period and from culture to culture. However, anthropology's centrality is, in my eyes, unquestionable. With that in mind, a significant part of the discipline's basic principles remained unchanged, despite recent socio-cultural, economic and technological changes sweeping the world in recent years. In this article I wish to present two case studies in which the inherent connection between anthropology, as a discipline, and other professions, is challenged. Through teaching anthropological theories and methodologies to industrial designers and architects I will present a somewhat different approach from those practiced by anthropologists. As a result I will redefine the role of the applied anthropologist as an essential member of the design team.

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Applied Anthropology in Europe

Historical Obstacles, Current Situation, Future Challenges

Dan Podjed, Meta Gorup, and Alenka Bezjak Mlakar

organisations (see e.g. Garsten and Nyqvist 2013 ). Design anthropology refers to improving the design of or designing and developing products and services, such as tools, infrastructure and technological devices (see e.g. Clarke 2011 ; Gunn et al. 2013

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Anthropologists and Designers Co-Designing the Future

Report on the Sixth International Applied Anthropology Symposium in Lisbon

Laura Korčulanin and Verónica Reyero Meal

During the last weekend of October 2018, specialists from around the world met in Lisbon for the sixth ‘Why the World Needs Anthropologists’ symposium (WWNA). This yearly conference – which provides a space for sharing information, experiences and discussions regarding applied anthropology – has gone from a one-afternoon symposium to a three-day event with lectures, panel discussions, speed-talks, workshops, guided tours, social events and ‘Hot-Spots’ – stands where a range of institutions, sponsors and partners can present what they do. This year’s conference gathered more than 300 people from 33 countries (and more than a thousand online visitors via live-streaming) to reflect on the possibilities that the emergent discipline of design anthropology brings to anthropologists and designers and for cross-disciplinary collaborations. Significantly named, Designing the Future was a response to what many in the field feel is a time when the world needs more engaged anthropologists to spark ideas and bring out informed and well-thought-out research-based solutions.

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Medical Design Anthropology, Improvisational Practices and Future Imaginings

Jonathan Ventura and Wendy Gunn

changes. As such, designers are continuously challenged to rephrase their role in relation to the sociocultural climate within which they work. We posit a notion of medical design anthropology as appealing to a deeper understanding of the sociocultural

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Jane Shepard, Yves Laberge, and Julia Vorhölter

Uncertainty and Possibility: New Approaches to Future Making in Design Anthropology . Yoko Akama, Sarah Pink and Shanti Sumartojo, London: Bloomsbury, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-3500-027-1, 147 pp., Pb $53.99. Reviewed by Jane Shepard (Part of the

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Child Protection Social Work in COVID-19

Reflections on Home Visits and Digital Intimacy

Sarah Pink, Harry Ferguson, and Laura Kelly

home and professional identities overlap or clash. Thinking design anthropologically, this is where people innovate or improvise, in order to cope with these circumstances and the contingencies associated with them. As anthropological research shows

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Pedagogy in Action

Rethinking Ethnographic Training and Practice in Action Anthropology

Mark K. Watson

Interventions as a Form of Inquiry ’, in Design Anthropological Futures , (eds) R. Smith , K. Vangkilde , M. Kjærsgaard , T. Otto , J. Halse and T. Binder ( London : Bloomsbury ), 89 – 104 . Hemment , J. ( 2007 ), ‘ Public

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Joseph J. Long

through Meaningful Participation ’, Autism 23 , no. 4 : 943 – 953 , doi: 10.1177/1362361318786721 . 10.1177/1362361318786721 Gatt , C. and T. Ingold ( 2013 ), ‘ From Description to Correspondence: Anthropology in Real Time ’, in Design