Anthropos with Indra Lukošienė and Ugnė Starkutė: on Anthropology in Lithuania and the Mediating Role of the Applied Anthropologist – The Human Show Podcast 76
Anthropos is an Organization of Applied Anthropology in Lithuania (NGO). While acting as intermediary between academia and society, it’s main fields of activity are science communication, education, applied research and social initiatives. In this way, the organization seeks to improve and manage social change towards a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society. Anthropos services spread from qualitative research to consultancy to social projects allowing the organization to experiment with a variety of methods thus paving the way for applied research in Lithuania. Indra Lukošienė and Ugnė Starkutė, founders of the organization, are both Social Anthropology graduates from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Today Corina and Maria talk to Indra and Ugnė about the applicability of anthropological methods and social science research in its broader sense in a context that is not often talked about – the Baltic states – and particularly Lithuania where Anthropos is taking its initial steps in popularizing ethnography and introducing to the public the many forms and shapes of anthropology. We ask today‘s guests how do they experience anthropology in action, what skills does a graduate need to acquire in order to juggle with the many new aspects applied work entails and how do they solve the complex dilemmas of positionality and ethics. Indra and Ugnė tell us more about their work and future aspirations they have for Anthropos, and explain their individual motivations to continue using anthropology in their professional lives.
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Mentioned in Podcast:
Anthropos, Ethnography Based Research NGO, https://anthropos.lt/
Vytautas Magnus University, https://www.vdu.lt/en/about-vmu/international-activities/
Social Science for Social Action, http://www.jaunradeslab.lv/en/node/30
BAGs, Baltic Anthropology Graduate School, http://baltic-anthro.blogspot.com/p/about.html
CAAE, Center for Applied Anthropology in Estonia, http://www.antropoloogia.ee/en/
Jaunrades Laboratorija, Lab of Applied Research in Latvia, http://www.jaunradeslab.lv/en
TED Kaunas, https://tedxkaunas.com/workshops/?
Magic Carpets Platform at Kaunas Biennial, http://magiccarpets.eu/
Film festival ‘Nepatogus Kinas’, https://nepatoguskinas.lt/2019/en/, https://nepatogauskinoklase.lt/