WORKSHOP: Anthropology Beyond the Academy
Elena Arengo (Recently of the International Labour Organization)

This workshop introduces participants to some of the practical considerations of working with or for non-government organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations family of institutions. Anthropologists are well suited and well-positioned to pursue careers in such organizations because of their expertise in “cultural translation,” their language skills, and their field experience. Yet new scholars do not always know how to proceed in pursuit of this career path. The workshop will help them think through this option and will include practical tips that may help them get on their way. The workshop will also address issues like: CV writing for NGO and UN-related employment; identifying a good fit; and personal and professional challenges and rewards of working with/for NGOs and the UN family of institutions. Elena Arengo, the workshop leader, has a PhD in Anthropology and two decades of experience working in both types of organization.

WORKSHOP: Getting Published
Lindsay Bell (SUNY Oswego), Jasmin Habib (Waterloo) and Alicia Sliwinski (Waterloo)

Ever wondered what it really takes to getting your paper published in a scholarly journal? Meet with the editors from Anthropologica and North American Dialogue to learn: What it is that we look for with every submission? What might capture our attention? What are our constraints? How is it we select reviewers (and why that is such a tough decision as well as process)? We will also share each step in the production to publication process – from formatting to copyediting to proofing. We will offer advice on publication strategies for graduate students and early career academics. The aim of the workshop is to demystify the process for getting published. The workshop will be bilingual.

WORKSHOP: Media New and Old: Anthropologists Writing for the Public
Rylan Higgins (Saint Mary’s University) and Robin Whitaker (Memoria University of Newfoundland)

This workshop is designed to inform and prepare anthropologists so that they might better communicate with the public. It is now broadly recognized that anthropology is a discipline well suited for robust public engagement, and yet the discipline has not realized its potential in this arena. Multiple constraints likely explain this situation. The leaders of this workshop will address some of the most important, while also providing guidance on a range of items. Themes will include: brief history of public anthropology; strategies for choosing topics to address; considering what kinds of media forms work best; steps to ensure that public writing is accessible and engaging, but also stand up to scholarly rigor; and thoughts on how to deal with feedback from the public. The workshop is intended for graduate students and for anthropologists already working in and out of academia.

WORKSHOP: Solidarity Research with Social Movements
Max Haiven (NSCAD), Alex Khasnabish (MSVU), Marina Sitrin (Visiting Scholar at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center)

This workshop will explore the promises and perils of conducting politically engaged Social research with movements struggling for radical social change and social justice. Rather than taking the importance of research with movements for granted, this workshop will explore what engaged research with – rather than for or about – social movements can do and what its limitations are. Presenters will draw on their diverse experience working with social movements and activists in a variety of contexts and also discuss concrete research strategies and methodologies for those seeking to make research useful to radical struggles for social justice. This workshop will have an open, participatory format and attendees are encouraged to bring their own projects, questions, vexations, and experiences to explore.


***Workshops open to all conference participants . No registration required .