Due to the level of interest in the conference we’re pleased to announce that the deadline for abstracts has been extended to 31st October. Please find details of how to submit your abstract below!

Teaching Anthropology Annual Conference 2017

Teaching Through Ethnography: 

Process, Product, Practice

Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus

(please note change of campus venue)
10am-4pm, 7th December, 2017
Deadline for abstract submissions: October 31st, 2017

We warmly welcome contributions to the inaugural annual conference of Teaching Anthropology. The conference theme encourages papers that address the value and challenge of engaging with ethnography in the teaching and learning of anthropology, particularly in the context of constrained curricula where educators may struggle to carve out the time and space required for critical engagement with ethnography. We welcome dialogue particularly about the value of teaching through ethnography as a fundamental but contested component of anthropological practice. We encourage papers exploring diverse forms of ethnographic representation and ethnographically-informed pedagogy. We invite teachers and learners of anthropology to consider how they nurture ethnographic sensibilities, or ways of seeing.

Papers may address the following questions:
–    What role does teaching about and through ethnography have in helping students to develop a deep and critical understanding of culture?
–    What is the added epistemological value of making the strange familiar, and the familiar strange, through ethnography?
–    In constrained curricula, how do we make time and space for thinking ethnographically?

Please send an abstract of maximum 300 words (including paper title, institutional affiliation, and three keywords) to:

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5pm on October 1st, 2017.

In the spirit of encouraging dynamic approaches to engagement, we welcome alternative contributions to the conference beyond standard 15-minute academic presentations. This may include: demonstrating best practice in teaching through ethnography; showcasing innovative ethnographically-informed resources, artwork, and performance; multimedia and ethnographic film; and presentations/activities that actively involve students.

Selected contributions will form the basis for a 2018 special issue of Teaching Anthropology and/or will feature on the Teaching Anthropology website.

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Patrick Alexander
On behalf of the editorial collective, Teaching Anthropology


Anthropology in Schools: Teaching about Culture and Difference in Uncertain Times (Free Event)

Friday July 7th 2017, 10am-4pm, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University

You are warmly invited to attend a free workshop at Oxford Brookes University, bringing together secondary school teachers and university academics to discuss how we teach and learn about cultural difference in the current moment of global uncertainty. This is the first of two workshops to be held in 2017 on this topic. We hope during the day to engage in thoughtful discussion around the following questions:
– How do we teach about social identities and cultural difference?
– What tools and resources do we draw on to make sense of our own identities and our attitudes to others?
– How do we, as teachers, address questions of race, gender, religion and politics?
This workshop will bring together teachers and academics to talk about addressing difficult and sensitive topics within the curriculum. The workshop will take the form of a series of discussions led by participants, with lunch and refreshments provided. This is an open discussion and no previous direct engagement with anthropology is necessary to take part. A report of the workshops will serve as an initial ‘toolkit’ for this activity and will act as a starting point for future collaboration.
This event is open to academic/research colleagues, graduate students, and secondary school teachers.
Please confirm your attendance by signing up via the link below:
We look forward to welcoming you on July 7th!

This initiative is organised by the journal Teaching Anthropology and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University, and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Call for Contributions and Special Issue: Teaching Anthropology in Uncertain Times (Deadline 30th April 2017)


Call for Contributions: Teaching Anthropology (A journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute)

Teaching Anthropology will be relaunched in 2017 with a new international editorial collective led by Dr Patrick Alexander at Oxford Brookes University (UK). We warmly invite you to contribute to a shared critical inquiry into the pedagogy of anthropology. We welcome:

– Peer-reviewed articles (max. 6000 words)

– Developing Teaching: Reports and Reflections (max. 3000 words)

– Blogposts (max. 600 words)

– Photo-essay submissions

– Audiovisual contributions (profiled lectures, ethnographic film, performances)

– Teaching resources and syllabi (with an accompanying testimony/narrative).


Special Issue: Teaching Anthropology in Uncertain Times (Deadline for submissions: April 30th 2017)

This special issue will explore how we teach and prepare students for futures defined by uncertainty, dislocation and rupture. Paper are invited on:

Uncertainty: What futures are we teaching anthropology for, and how? What are the pedagogic challenges of engaging secondary school, undergraduate and graduate students in conceptualising and preparing for uncertainty?

Rupture: When and how should we disrupt or challenge disciplinary pedagogies? What is at stake in advocating radically new ways of learning and teaching? Do these new pedagogies approaches offer opportunities for reimagining anthropology?

Stewardship: What disciplinary legacies should teachers nurture and protect, and why?

Please see the Submissions page for more detailed information about submission guidelines or to contact the editors.