The Public Anthropology Collaboratory (PAC) provides a space for peer-mentorship, support and training for graduate students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology at York University. The focus of the Collaboratory is to support the development of projects and pedagogies that have a public dimension. This group aims to both explore and expand what is meant by the term “Public Anthropology” and what it means for research, teaching and community engagement. PAC thus provides a space for those interested in sharing their skills and for those interested in developing new skills.
PAC supports the development of public anthropology projects in a variety of forms, including but not limited to: community-led and participatory action research on social justice issues; the formation of NGOs or advocacy work with communities; outreach campaigns that expand anthropology’s publics; and research-creation projects in film, art, or performance that generate new media for anthropological inquiry and expression.
Faculty and graduate students interested in expanding their projects to incorporate a public dimension, or those who have any related experience or interest in public anthropology, are invited to join the Collaboratory.
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