09. agosto 2019 - 9:30 fino 12:30
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Anthropology Day, Perth | State Library of Western Australia | venerdì, 09. agosto 2019

Anthropology Day, Perth
Anthropologists from Western Australian universities and the WA Museum will come together to promote the discipline of anthropology.
Anthropology Day is a free event for Secondary students, teachers, careers advisers and parents.
Students can explore career paths with anthropology, compare undergraduate courses at all the university stalls, gain tips on university admission and interact with students who are currently studying anthropology.
Perth Program
09:30 Welcome to Country
Walter McGuire (Go Cultural)
09:45 What is Anthropology?
Richard Vokes (University of Western Australia)
10:00 Anthropology and Aboriginal Australia 
David Trigger (University of Queensland)
Anthropology studies diverse cultures around the world. In Australia one area of strength has been research to understand the societies and cultures of Indigenous language groups. This includes traditional beliefs, social organisation and the complex relationships of Indigenous people with the wider Australian society. Since the early 1970s academic research has continued alongside a great deal of practical studies concerning Indigenous land claims, cultural heritage and native title. The many anthropologists who work in this area are employed by Indigenous organisations, lawyers, governments and industry to address land negotiations and related economic development projects.
10:15 Anthropology of Development 
Carol Warren (Murdoch University)
With its focus on 'culture' and 'fieldwork', Anthropology is able to make a unique contribution to the globalising processes that currently underpin what we call 'development'. Whether we are concerned with the holistic development of communities at home or poverty alleviation abroad, the practical engagement of fieldwork prepares students for diverse real world challenges. At the same time, Anthropology contributes a critical engagement with processes of development and change, arising from the understanding that there are other cultural ways of being.
10:30 My Journey from Hip Hop Dancer to Hip Hop Dance Scholar: New Pathways in Contemporary Anthropology
Lucas Marie (Curtin University)
My talk presents a personal journey of how I ended up writing a PhD on the anthropology of hip hop. In sharing some of the ethnographic work that I have done with hip hop dancers living in New York, Osaka and Perth, I discuss how students can bring their own ideas, interests and perspectives to the field of anthropology. The talk looks at such questions as: how is hip hop organised; how it is lived, expressed and understood across different times, spaces and places; who are the people that identify as members of the hip hop culture, and what makes someone an authentic member?
10:45 BREAK 
Xavier Leenders and Ross Chadwick (Western Australian Museum)
During the break, students will have an opportunity to engage with, and to ask questions about, some ethnographic artefacts from the WA Museum, and to talk about careers pathways in the heritage sector.
11:30 Anthropology in Antarctica: Studying Climate Scientists 
Richard Vokes (University of Western Australia)
The image of Antarctica as a remote ‘empty’ wilderness no longer holds. Today, roughly 120 years after the first shelter was built on the continent, both the scale, and the diversity, of human activity on the continent is increasing exponentially. As a result, we can start to conceive of an ‘inhabited Antarctica’ – and subject this to anthropological scrutiny. This talk will introduce an Anthropology of Antarctica, based on fieldwork on the continent.
11:45 Anthropology of Sport: Prospects and Possibilities 
Philip Moore (Curtin University)
Sport is a significant domain of social and cultural life around the world. Working as an ethnographer, the anthropology of sport is a lens through which we can understand both social life in different communities and the discipline of anthropology. The concern with organisation and understanding serves us well in this – allowing us to explore comparatively play, games and sports in different settings. Doing the anthropology of sport offers up opportunities to both make and apply knowledge.
12:00 An Accidental Heritage Consultant 
Edward McDonald (Ethnosciences)
Following an applied anthropological career in a verity of settings over a twelve year period, since 1988 I have undertaken more than 1650 heritage assessments, engaging with, and learning from, Aboriginal groups in various parts of the State, while exploring magnificent landscapes and working alongside geologists, hydrologists, engineers, town planners, environmental scientists and other professionals. I work with Aboriginal people to preserve sacred and other sites, provide advice to the regulatory authority and clients, ensure that developers have the necessary heritage approvals for ground disturbance and prepare interpretative material on Aboriginal heritage.
12:15 Engaged Anthropology 
Rita Armstrong (University of Western Australia)
I will talk about the value of anthropological knowledge and fieldwork in two settings: working with engineering students to design solutions to community needs in different settings from Timor Leste to Western Australia; and working with mining companies and communities to reach peaceful solutions to social conflict.
12:30 Any Questions?
All speakers will be available to answer questions, and literature will be provided on study options for anthropology courses in WA universities.