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Defending Anthropology Proposals in front of Public Audience

March 7, 2009

The anthropology department in my university started to invite and allow people from the public and various scholars as well to attend the proposal defense of the anthropology M.A. candidates. Defending anthropology proposals in front of public audience is one way to make anthropology more open and reachable to the interested members of the wider society. Members of the public can add very good insights to the topic via allowing them to participate in commenting. In addition, it gives a great chance to the informants of the researches to attend the proposal defense, if they are interested, to see how the work that they participated in is developing.

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  1. March 9, 2009 4:45 pm

    I think that’s a pretty interesting idea. Maybe the next step will be allowing the public to check out what is going on at conferences, if they want. I’m not sure the anthropological discussion is always kept among ourselves.

  2. March 10, 2009 1:25 am

    Thanks Ryan for your kind comment. Actually, most of the anthropology conferences at my university is open for public, which I do see it very positive. Yet, not many other than scholars and journalists attend such conferences. Journalists maybe playing a good role in reporting the different topics that the conferences do cover. There is a need to make the public interested in anthropological topic which I think ,so far, some of the media channels developing such appealing image of anthropology. By the way,I went through your blog and you have interesting topics!

  3. March 10, 2009 4:03 pm

    Cool. It’s a good thing that your university has conferences that are open to the public. I definitely agree that anthropology needs to work on its public presence, so that more people know what the discipline is all about–and why it’s important.

    And thanks for checking out my site!

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