Overview and Purpose
At the 2019 AAA/CASCA meetings in Vancouver, a AAA Presidential Session explored siloing between academic and practitioner anthropologists, and how these silos can be bridged. (Session #3-0370; November 21, 2019)
The purpose of this page is to create an ongoing discussion on the topic of breaking down silos, which is important to the current and future vitality of our discipline. Please click on the respective links to review the video presentations, which are based on the session presentations, then add your own comments and ideas in the Discussion section below.
Mary Butler (U Maryland College Park) and Elizabeth Briody (Cultural Keys LLC)
Daniel Ginsberg (AAA): The Past, Present and Future of Practitioners in the AAA
Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (U Maryland College Park): Theory, Practice, and Knowledge, Oh My!
Mary Odell Butler (U Maryland College Park): De-Siloing Practice: Toward a More Visible Anthropology
Elizabeth K. Briody (Cultural Keys, LLC) and Robert J. Morais (Columbia Business School): Business Anthropology on the Road! Driving Practice onto Campus
Terry Redding (Independent consultant): Early Connections: Creating Space within Service to Engage Students and New Anthropologists
Sherylyn Briller (Purdue) and Zoe Nyssa (Purdue): A Space for Practice: Building Collaborative Networks of Learners and Practitioners
Discussant: Gillian Tett (Financial Times)
(Have you written about silos? If so, or if you have a reference to include, please let us know.)
Briody, E.K. and K.C. Erickson. 2017. “Success Despite the Silos: System-Wide Innovation and Collaboration,” In Maryann McCabe, ed., Collaborative Ethnography in Business Environments. London, UK: Taylor & Francis, pp. 26-59.
Ginsberg, D. 2019. “Anthropology Between Academia and Practice.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Mark Aldenderfer. Oxford University Press.
Tett, G. 2015. The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
Please note your thoughts and ideas on this topic in the space below. Some starting questions to address in the discussion forum:
• How do we continue to break down silos between academia and practice?
• When are these silos most noticeable between academia and practice ?
• What are the benefits of removing them, or at least building bridges between them?
Share your thoughts and ideas for moving the topic forward.