Hope or Resignation: the Future of Anthropology

By Matthias Teeuwen Standing at the end of my Master’s, the topic of this year’s anthropology day particularly spoke to me: Futures. What can I expect of the future as a newly trained anthropologist? What professions will open up or close off for me? Will my skills be any useful in fifty years time? The future, being the future, is not here yet, so I can’t tell. The attitudes we hold toward the future, however, are more immediately accessible. As Ton Salman observed in his closing statements of the day, these move more or less between optimism and hope and …

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