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Double Ended, No Headed Moose and More from Congress

I had a great time at Congress10 in Montreal last week. More properly, I attended the meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Association (CASCA) which happened to be meeting with Congress. As previously noted, I was part of a round-table discussion of applied anthropology. Our panel discussed the following, pre-distributed questions:

1) What questions are being asked of applied anthropologists? Address this question with a vignette from your experience.
2) Where the ethical aspects of your research are not governed by the tri-council how are ethics managed?
3) How has your research influenced or created policy changes or legal outcomes?
4) What can CASCA do for applied/practicing anthropologists?

The answers to these questions evoked conversations about advocacy (or not) in applied anthropology. We learned too that CASCA is very committed to drawing applied anthropologists more directly into the group. I am excited about how that will manifest itself over coming months.



Double Ended, No Headed Moose, originally uploaded by TFM.

Montreal is a fantastic city – and one that makes Vancouver feel very young. The vibrancy of the night life is supported by a huge number of restaurants, bars and (frankly) large neighbourhoods devoted to ‘being out.’ The bixi bike system, providing people with short term, cheap bicycle rentals is remarkable.

And, to the photograph: I couldn’t stop seeing moose around town. They appear in art which is positioned centrally in shop windows. But, I was not prepared for a stop in an auberge in Old Montreal where I saw the pictured double-ended, no headed moose. A light bulb stands where both heads should be. How bizarre!

(My one disappointment with CASCA was the complete lack of a backchannel on twitter, or any other social networking site. Congress had a decent presence on twitter.)

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