National Association of Student Anthropologists
Oral Presentation Session
Collaborative anthropology is a way of working with others to mutually identify problems, conduct research to better understand those problems, and identify solutions that are beneficial to everyone involved. This presentation asks: what are the strengths and lessons learned from a course that required all enrolled students to work collaboratively across all aspects of a class research project, from conceptualizing the research problem, to collecting and analyzing data, to conceptualizing interventions and writing up a final report. To shed light on these questions, in this paper, I offer insights into what it was like to work on a project with a large group of people and limited time. Specifically, I focus here on both my own experiences within the course, as well as what we, as course participants, identified as the primary lessons learned. Overall, I contend that an anthropology course—that incorporated a collaborative approach—ultimately gave course participants an opportunity to use and learn a variety of different skills and apply them towards understanding how applied anthropology can be used to solve problems.