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Thank you to Barbara Rylko-Bauer for compiling this list of sessions relevant and of interest to applied, practicing, professional, and public anthropologists.

Note: All rooms are in the San Jose Convention Center, unless otherwise noted. However, please confirm location in the online program. Please make sure you are already logged in to the online scheduler before using the links below to add a session to your schedule or view a full abstract.


12:00-1:45 p.m.  Change in the anthropological practice: Resistant, resilient & adaptive methods  (LL 21D)

12:00-1:45 p.m.  Anthropology outside academia, part I: Personal reflections from anthropologists working in user experience research and design  (MR 212D)

2:15-4:00 p.m.  Anthropology outside academia, part II: Personal reflections from anthropologists working in business, marketing, and consulting (MR 212D)

2:15-4:00 p.m.   Conversations across generations: Anthropology and its publics  (Exec Ballroom 210H)


8:00-9:45 a.m. Academic precarity in American anthropology (Exec Ballroom 210B)

2:00-3:45 p.m. Institutional reflections in research directions in museum anthropology (MR 230A)

4:15-6:00 p.m.  Reinventing anthropology & the university: Public and engaged anthropology (MR 211A)

4:15-6:00 p.m.  Applying the anthropological imagination: Adapting anthropology for resistance & resilience (Hilton, Santa Clara I)


8:00-9:45 a.m.  Imagining social change through participatory action research with students (LL 20C)

8:00-9:45 a.m.  Examining PrEP: A ‘Critically Applied’ Approach  (Fairmont hotel, Fairfield)

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Pragmatic imagination, university collections & new museum anthropology (San Jose Ballroom 1)

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Hidden practice, hidden agency: Examining agency in practicing and applied anthropology (MR 211A)

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  NAPA/AAA Careers Expo: Exploring Professional Careers (Exhibition Hall 1)

11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Advance screening of Narwhal-American (filmmaker, Carylanna Taylor is an applied cultural anthropologist) (Offsite: Hammer Theater)

2:00-3:45 p.m.  MPAAC: Practices and ethics of anthropologists in expert witness testimony (Fairmont Hotel, Hillsborough)

4:15-5:15 p.m.   Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) Open Forum [practicing/applied anthropology is a focus area of MPAAC]  (Willow Glenn)

7:45-9:00 p.m.  NAPA Business Meeting (San Jose Ballroom 6)

8:00-9:45 p.m.  Collaborative research with undergrad students: Old and new issues in engaging and representing “communities.”  (Hilton, San Carlos 1)


8:00-9:45 a.m. The future of training for applied anthropologists (MR 230C)

8:00-9:45 a.m.  Anthropologists adapting to anti-immigrant climates: Resistance and resilience on campuses and in communities  (MR 211A)

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  How experimental are you? Museum anthropology as a catalyst for shaping the discipline (LL 21A)

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Women’s rights are human rights: How do anthropologists contribute? (LL 20C)

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Collaborative anthropology: Building relationships between communities and archaeologists in Oaxaca, Mexico  (Exec Ballroom 210B)

4:15-6:00 p.m.  How we apply anthropology: Methods in practice  (Exec Ballroom 210H)

8:00-10:00 p.m.  NAPA Networking event  (Offsite: location TBA)


8:00-9:45 a.m.  Podcasting and adapting public anthropology for the 21st Century  (Grand Ballroom A)

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