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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

We encourage all those interested in joining the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education to contact Emma Ford education(at)therai.org.uk. Interests of the Commission include the complimentary 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.

2. Invitation to propose a panel **Panel submission deadline extended**

We invite members to propose and convene a panel in connection with the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education at the 18th World Congress of the IUAES in Florianópolis, Brazil from 16 July – 20 July, 2018. The conference theme is World (of) Encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge.

Panels could address the experience of setting up anthropology at pre-university level, anthropology in educational settings and anthropology of educational settings, the teaching of anthropology through qualifications and extra-curricular events and programmes, anthropology education and the public awareness of anthropology, anthropology education and careers and future directions for anthropology and education.

To propose an open panel linked with the Anthropology and Education commission:

a. please inform education(at)therai.org.uk of your panel idea by 07/11/2017 before submitting your panel online.

b. submit your open panel via the World Congress website by the deadline of 14/11/17. In your online application please state that your panel is connected with the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education. All deadlines related to panels can be viewed here.

To propose an open panel, you need:

  1. two panel convenors linked to institutions from different countries
  2. to ensure both convenors must have current IUAES memberships
  3. to ensure both convenors have registered for the IUAES World Congress (register here)

Please read the complete rules for proposing open panels, please refer to section II. Panels on this page, before submitting your application.

The IUAES Anthropology and Education Commission will also be organising meetings and a symposium at the 18th World Congress of the IUAES, 16th to 20th July 2018 in Florianópolis, Brazil . Please contact education(at)therai.org.uk to find out more.

3. History of the IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education

On 17th 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 7th May 2016 at the IUAES 2016 Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The conference theme was World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public.