UIAF-WORLD ANTHROPOLOGY PRE CONGRESS PUNE 2023

Envisaging the Essence of Anthropology Possibilities, Paradoxes and Shifting Paradigms
26th and 27th July 2023

Organized by
Department of Anthropology,
Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Pune, Maharashtra

INAUGURAL FUNCTION

26th July 2023 (10:00 am- 11:00 am)

Sr.No. Name Affiliation
1 Prof. M.R. Gangadhar (Chief Guest) Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Chamarajanagara University, Suvarnagangotri, Chamarajanagara, Karnataka
2 Prof. S. Gregory (Chair Person) Member Secretary-UIAF, Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Former Chairperson, Department of Anthropology,Kannur University, Kerala.
3 Prof. Suresh Gosavi (Chief Patron) Honourable Vice-Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra
4 Prof. Pramod Pandey (Chief Patron) Honourable Vice-Chancellor, Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra
5 Dr. Rajani Gupte (Chief Patron) Honourable Vice-Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra
6 Dr. Rajendra Bharud, IAS, (Chief Patron) Commissioner, Tribal Research & Training Institute (TRTI), Pune
7 Sr. Prof. Anjali Kurane (Convener & Chairperson) Sr. Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, Director, School of Human Studies, SPPU,Pune

Panel Discussion:

ANTHROPOLOGY IN POLICY MAKING

26th July 2023 (Time: 12:00 am to 1:30 pm)

Sr. no Theme Sub-theme Name of Panelist Affiliation
1 S1: Social and Cultural Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making: Education Prof. S. Gregory (Chairperson) Member Secretary-UIAF Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Former Chairperson, Department of Anthropology Kannur University, Kerala.
2 S2: Social and Cultural Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making: Culture Prof. Barry H Rodrigue Faculty Member, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
3 S3: Development Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making: Development Dr. Lalit Kumar Independent Consultant Freelance, Pune, Maharashtra, India
4 S4: Urban Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making: Urban Prof. Ajay Bailey Social Urban Transitions, International Development Studies, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan, Netherlands

Panel Discussion:

ANTHROPOLOGY IN POLICY MAKING

27th July 2023 (Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Sr. no Theme Sub-theme Name of Panelist Affiliation
1 S7: Medical Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making- Medical Prof. K. K. N. Sharma (Chairperson) Professor of Anthropology Dean, School of Applied Science Professor, Centre for Studies on Indigenous Knowledge Dr Hari Singh Gour University Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.
2 S5:Business Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making- Business Prof. M. Romesh Singh Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
3 S6: Medical Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making- Culture & Health Prof. Bilkis Vissandjée Professor in the School of Nursing University of Montreal, Canada
4 S8: Archaeological Anthropology Anthropology in Policy Making- Archaeology Prof. Anura Manatunga Senior Professor of Archaeology Faculty of Social Sciences University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka.
5 S9: Biological Anthropology Molecular Anthropological Innovations and Applications Dr. Abhishikta Ghosh Roy Anthropologist (Physical Anthropology Division), Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Panel Discussion:

Anthropology for the Future
By: Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

27th July 2023 (12:15 pm to 1:30 pm)

Sr. no. Name of Panelist Affiliation
1 Prof. Barry H Rodrigue Faculty Member, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Dr. Sweta Sinha Deshpande Director, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Dr. Kumud Bhansali Assistant Professor, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
4 Dr. Richa Minocha Assistant Professor, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India


Anthropology for the Future

Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

27th July, 2023

The SSLA panel, ‘Anthropology for the Future,’ aims to hold deliberations and dialogue on our roles as anthropologists, and educators in a rapidly changing world. These unprecedented transformations call for new ways of engaging and reimagining praxis and pedagogies that emerge from grounded understanding. As anthropologists, we could serve as mediators between the global, regional and local to advocate for anthropology relevant to our dynamically-changing world that seeks to appreciate the common social concerns to frame our agenda. From our privileged position as researchers, educators and engaged community mobilisers we also see it as our responsibility towards the society through which we situate our academic endeavours.

Further, as educators, our role is to prepare students for a world constantly being shaped and reshaped. Our methodological grounding, with training in the understanding of cultural values and social mores, can equip young minds to deal with the wealth (and debris) of information we find ourselves drowning in. Thick ethnographic data can help identify and solve problems that big data overlooks. With the sensitivity towards underrepresented voices and recognition of our position of privilege and power, we see ourselves playing a crucial role in shaping the discipline, where students and practitioners can be trained in anthropology as a humanistic-scientific discipline to make a difference in the world around us by sharing insights, knowledge, and resources.

This panel also aims to bring forth some of these changes that are reflected in local traditions but have significant applications to global and regional survivability, due to the multiple crises faced by humanity. A problem has been the lack of communication and filtration of traditions, so that they may be of service to global, regional, and local needs on one hand, and academic and community strategies on the other. We see this as a platform to deliberate on these themes and network and bring together these traditions for a relevant and sustainable future.

Speakers:

1. Shweta Sinha Deshpande- Anthropology for the future (Moderator). (Director and Associate Professor, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts)
2. Manjari Jonnalagadda: Future of Biological Anthropology in South Asia: Reflections from research on skin pigmentation.(Assistant Professor, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts)
3. Barry Rodrigue: Mediators of Survival: Anthropologists, Adversity and Adaptation. (Professor and Scholar in Residence, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts)
4. Richa Minocha: Ecological Communities and their gendered contexts: Anthropology at crossroads (Associate Professor, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts)
5. Sudev Madhav: Growing Up in the End Times: Decolonisation and the Reconceptualising of Change for a World in Crisis (Pragma Development Advisors, LLP)
6. Kumud Bhansali: Integrating Writing with Teaching: Pedagogical Reflections from Reading and Writing Anthropological Fiction in an Applied Anthropology Course. (Assistant   Professor, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts)
7. Tejashree Bhandari: Business Anthropology: Shaping a Sustainable and Culturally-Inclusive Future. (Research and Solutions at SpeakIn Communications)