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Why the World Needs Anthropologists | Sustaining Cities

October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019

In partnership with Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo (UiO) we are proud to announce:

The 7th annual symposium that explores different applications of anthropology beyond traditional academia!

We increasingly inhabit and shape cities and they increasingly inhabit and shape us. Despite and also because of this, we are increasingly drawn into the contradictions and compromises of life in the city. According to the United Nations Development Programme, by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will be urban dwelling, giving rise to urgent questions of sustainability, and ‘green’ and ‘smart’ cities.

What remains is a consideration of the power relations underpinning or challenging such ideals and not least, the practical implications of such rapid growth. At WWNA 2019 we will explore this underbelly of the green city and ask how infrastructures in urban spaces play with or against our aspirations of smartness and greenness.

We’re bringing together the hands and minds that build our cities with a view to inspire and incite action, foster fruitful collaborations and exchange ideas and practices towards participating actively in the cities that we live, build and work in. Calling all designers, urbanists, planners, architects, applied anthropologists and enthusiasts to re-frame the future of cities around the world!


October 25, 2019
October 27, 2019


University of Oslo
Problemveien 7
Oslo, 0315 Norway
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