COPAA International Invited Speaker (Susan Wright)

Susan Wright was invited to speak at the SfAA by Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA).

Susan B. Hyatt (Indiana U)


Susan Wright (U Aarhus)

Making Anthropological Application Count in a Global Knowledge Economy.
European governments are subjecting universities to a reform frenzy, spurred by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s postulated “global knowledge economy.” Denmark’s strategy makes universities a driver of this economy, presses them to respond to the “surrounding society,” turn “ideas into invoices,” and produce employable graduates quickly. “Application” appears central to such strategies. Yet systems to measure performance and differentiate funding reproduce old hierarchies between “pure” and “applied” in which the latter “counts” for little. After reviewing initiatives to develop applied anthropology in such contexts, the earlier experience of a United Kingdom organisation “Anthropology in Action” is used to suggest an alternative approach.

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Session took place in Memphis, TN at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in March 2008.

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