If you want to understand how social scientists’ study human behaviour, how industry innovates or want to know more about how they can successfully work together and enhance each other, then you have come to the right place!
Join our hosts as they engage with anthropologists, other researchers and industry specialists from all over the world. The discussions will be about their specific work in understanding people and how they apply that understanding to advance industry, scholarship and/or larger societal goals.
Whether you are a professional working in business and/or academia, still doing your studies or just simply interested in this topic, thank you for being here, and we hope you enjoy it!
David Prendergast: Head of the Department of Anthropology, Professor of Science & speaker at the Why the World needs Anthropologists, Re|Generation 23-25 Sept 2022 Berlin
David Prendergast is Head of the Department of Anthropology and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Maynooth University in Ireland. Previously David worked at Intel where he was a principal investigator at the ‘Technology Research for Independent Living Centre’ and co-founder of the ‘Intel Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities’. He has also served as Visiting Professor of Healthcare Innovation at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently working on a book with colleagues Jamie Saris and Katja Seidel about the lives of 94 older adults in ten locations across Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are happy to have David with us speaking to his background and current work at the intersection of academia and the applied sector. He shares his path into anthropology and his multiple research projects as well as gives insight into what motivated his choices to leave spaces of engagement or to take on new opportunities. As speaker at the Why the world needs Anthropologists conference
he shares how he will be contributing to the themes as well as his advice and thoughts to those considering to attend.
Listen to the episode to hear more about it.
Why the World needs Anthropologists, Re|Generation,
September 2022 https://www.applied-anthropology.com/session/regeneration-talk-iv-2/ (https://www.applied-anthropology.com/session/regeneration-talk-iv-2/)
LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidprendergast/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidprendergast/)
Katia Dumont: Speaker- Why the World needs Anthropologists, Re|Generation 23-25 Sept 2022 Berlin
Katia Dumont: Anthropologist, regional network organiser for SE Europe, BMW foundation and speaker at the Why the World needs Anthropologists, Re|Generation 23-25 Sept 2022 Berlin
Katia Dumont is a Regional Network Organizer for Southwestern Europe for the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a consultant for foundations and social enterprises in venture philanthropy. She spent various years setting up and building the regional chapter for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs – ANDE of Development Entrepreneurs based out of Mexico City, where she enabled research, facilitated collaboration between a community of stakeholders for the small and growing business sector, and provided a base for knowledge management and practical applications.
Katia also is part of the Board of Directors of Value For Women Ltd., a social enterprise on a mission to promote women’s economic participation, leadership, and entrepreneurship by bringing a gender lens to business practices. Her interest in (eco)systems sparked her passion to create a regenerative future by engaging in agriculture and the broader human/nature system that supports it.
We are happy to have Katia with us speaking to her background and current work in community development. She speaks to her intent of contributing to the creation of safer and braver community spaces where relationships are anchored in trust instead of transactions. We also explore together several topics such as: how to balance engaging in community action with the observer role?
How to create space for flourishing futures for all?
As speaker at the Why the world needs Anthropologists conference, she shares how she will be contributing to the theme as well as her advice and thoughts to those considering to attend.
Listen to the episode to hear more about it.
Why the World needs Anthropologists, Re|Generation, September 2022: https://www.applied-anthropology.com/speaker/katia-dumont/ (https://www.applied-anthropology.com/speaker/katia-dumont/)
Stuff, Daniel Miller https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stuff-Daniel-Miller/dp/0745644244 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stuff-Daniel-Miller/dp/0745644244)
How Forests Think, Eduardo Kohn https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520276116/how-forests-think (https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520276116/how-forests-think)
LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/katia-dumont-a724b818/?originalSubdomain=es (https://www.linkedin.com/in/katia-dumont-a724b818/?originalSubdomain=es)
Sophie Strand: writer and academic cross-contaminator
Sophie Strand: writer and academic cross-contaminator: on the ways we can improvise in academia and beyond.
Sophie Strand is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories.
Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022 from Inner Traditions.
Her eco-feminist historical fiction reimagining of the gospels The Madonna Secret will also be published by Inner Traditions. Her books of poetry include Love Song to a Blue God (Oread Press) and Those Other Flowers to Come (Dancing Girl Press) and The Approach (The Swan). Her poems and essays have been published by Art PAPERS, The Dark Mountain Project, Poetry.org, Unearthed, Braided Way, Creatrix, Your Impossible Voice, The Doris, Persephone’s Daughters, and Entropy. She has recently finished a work of historical fiction, The Madonna Secret, that offers an eco-feminist revision of the gospels. She is currently researching her next epic, a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.
Today we speak about the importance of listening to one’s body and its unexpected ways to bring out intellectual results and eventually new academic fruits. For Sophie, storytelling was a way out of trauma and around pain and then became her academic method allowing to border-cross paradigms and fuse ideas. We ask how to create safety in these
subversive spaces? And how to confront the reactions of disapproval and discontent?
Sophie leads us through her story of following that sensory vein and shares the ways that could work for others as eager to improvise. Listen to the episode to reflect on our intellectual editing processes together.
(TW: this conversation touches on trauma and mental health).
Mentioned in Podcast:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Rice (Anne Rice)
https://www.bayoakomolafe.net/about (Bayo Akomolafe)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purity_and_Danger (Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo) by Mary Douglas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Weber_(writer) (Andreas Weber)
https://orphanwisdom.com/die-wise/ (Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul) by Stephen Jenkinson
Rebecca Price: Designer and Teacher: On Mentorship, Resilience and the Importance of keeping Fundamental Drives in Focus
Rebecca Price is a researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology where she investigates how design can advance sectors and industries through multi-leveled and networked innovation. Educated and practiced as an industrial designer, Rebecca was quickly drawn to the strategic potential of design as a source of resilience, and so pursued a Ph.D. in design-led innovation at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
Her work increasingly explores the intersection between the design of socio-technical systems and transitions theory to consider new methodological opportunities. Rebecca works
with public and private organisations to support the application of design upon complex innovation challenges. While the predominant domain of her work to date has been mobility (aviation, automotive, urban transport), her methodological research, in particular, holds increasing value to domains related to public health and energy transitions that stem from a socio-technical perspective of the possibilities of design.
In today’s episode, Rebecca speaks to her passions and drives as a designer, innovative thinker, and teacher. We are curious to hear her thoughts on friction and ways to approach it, on challenges that multidisciplinary settings may bring, and means that allow her to keep up to her expectations. How has her sports background contributed to her resilience? In the second part of our talk, Rebecca shares what inspired her to carry out the project “100 Days” – Graduating during Covid19“.
Hear her speak on ways to facilitate students in challenging times, on mutual awareness, ways of being a mentor of value, and the reasons she finds teaching so important.
Rebecca’s https://nl.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-price-8732477b (LinkedIn)
Pavel Cenkl, Head of Schumacher College: On Ecological Approaches and Embodied Learning Practices in Higher Education
Pavel Cenkl is currently the Head of Schumacher College and Director of Learning at Dartington Trust, Devon, England and previously he held the position of Professor of Environmental Humanities and Associate Dean at Sterling College, Vermont. Pavel holds a Ph.D. in English and is the author of many articles, chapters, and two books. He has always been drawn to colleges and universities whose curriculum fully integrates learning with practice and thinking with embodiment.
While pursuing research in ecologically-minded curriculum design and teaching courses in environmental philosophy, Pavel is also a passionate endurance and adventure runner. Over the past five years through a project called Climate Run, Pavel has covered hundreds of miles in the Arctic and subarctic on foot in order to bring attention to the connections between our bodies and the more-than-human world in the face of a rapidly changing climate.
In this podcast episode, Pavel shares his work at Schumacher College but also other personal discoveries and aspirations. Together, we explore educational practices that blend theoretical pursuits with immersive community action and the human with the more than human. Can we use ecology as a blueprint for learning models? How to define a scientific method within the framework of regenerative learning? How to take the individual embodied practice and make it resonate with a broader audience? Join us in this conversation.
Mentioned in Podcast:
https://campus.dartington.org/schumacher-college/ (Schumacher College)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Morton (Timothy Morton)
https://liberationworks.co.uk/into-the-cracks (Into the cracks), by Bayo Akomolafe
Pavel’s https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavelcenkl/?originalSubdomain=uk (LinkedIn)
Vito Laterza, Anthropologist and Political Analyst: on the importance to foster analogue forms of life in an age of Pervasive Digitalization
Vito Laterza is an anthropologist, development scholar and political analyst. He holds a MPhil in Social Anthropological Research and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Vito is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder, Norway, where he also leads the Digitalization and Sustainability focus area at the university’s Centre for Digital Transformation (CeDiT).
His interdisciplinary orientation spans two main areas: political economy and ecology; and digitalisation, new media and communication.
His approach is characterised by a systemic integration of ethnography, macro-level structural analysis, and epistemological and reflexive inquiry, in the tradition of “big ideas” social science and social theory. He writes regularly for national and international media, such as Al Jazeera English, Boston Review, Foreign Affairs, Africa Is A Country, and Daily Maverick.
Today’s conversation engages us in many big questions that are also characteristic of Vito’s approach to work and life.
How do we interact with our physical and virtual environments and how do we communicate with algorithms?
How can we have green transitions that work socially and politically for people across the world?
How can we safeguard analogue life in the midst of accelerating digitalization, and what is the role nation states should play in ensuring a healthy equilibrium between analogue and digital forms of humanity and sociality? How does Vito feel about the digital “metaverse” and what kind of power and economic relations are at play in this project? Vito talks about the public engagement blog Corona Times and the grounded approach to the Covid-19 pandemic social scientists were able to offer in their blog posts. He speaks about individual freedom, self-restraint and care for others in the context of Covid-19 and shares insights going forward. Vito offers not only answers, but also more questions we should ask ourselves. Join us in this rich conversation.
Mentioned in Podcast:
Public engagement blog https://www.coronatimes.net/ (Corona Times)
Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Vito Laterza, http://www.rivisteclueb.it/riviste/index.php/etnoantropologia/article/download/381/615 («Human-technology relations in an age of surveillance capitalism:)
http://www.rivisteclueb.it/riviste/index.php/etnoantropologia/article/download/381/615 (Towards an anthropological theory of the dialectic between analogue and digital)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook%E2%80%93Cambridge_Analytica_data_scandal (Analytical Data Scandal)
HUMA - http://www.huma.uct.ac.za/ (Institute for Humanities in Africa)https://gorillahq-my.sharepoint.com/personal/selina_spain_gorilla-voice_com/Documents/Downloads/pic%20and%20profile/pic%20and%20profile/Profile%20Vito%20VLedits%20v2.docx#_msocom_1 ([VL1]) ,
University of Cape Town
Vito’s https://www.linkedin.com/in/vito-laterza-b8086934/?originalSubdomain=no (LinkedIn)
Vito’s https://vitolaterza.academia.edu/research (academic publications)https://gorillahq-my.sharepoint.com/personal/selina_spain_gorilla-voice_com/Documents/Downloads/pic%20and%20profile/pic%20and%20profile/Profile%20Vito%20VLedits%20v2.docx#_msocom_2 ([VL2])
https://gorillahq-my.sharepoint.com/personal/selina_spain_gorilla-voice_com/Documents/Downloads/pic%20and%20profile/pic%20and%20profile/Profile%20Vito%20VLedits%20v2.docx#_msoanchor_1 ([VL1])This is the full name of the centre, HUMA comes first, as it is the
Corina, Angel, and their incredibly knowledgeable guests take the already fascinating study of human beings and bring it to life through engaging and intellectual conversations designed to not only educate, but make you think harder about the world we live in and the role we play in it. Thanks so much for putting out such a superb show ladies - keep up the great work!
Accidentally stumbled across this podcast and so happy I did. Fascinating stuff and I can’t wait for more!!! Keep up the great work 🙌