Cool Anthropology Virtual Workshop
Making your Research Make a Difference: Designing a Strategy to Engage the Public with Social Media
Social media platforms can be both a democratizing force and a dismissive space, simultaneously making research accessible and applicable to a wide audience while also rendering it reductive and dangerously generalized. In this workshop participants will develop a step-by-step plan to engage a wide audience with their research and applied projects without compromising rigor or grounded discussion. With the often complicated power dynamics inherent in Anthropology, to remain silent about political matters is, in itself, a political act. It is increasingly urgent that anthropologists think of themselves as engaged citizens, not simply researchers and practitioners. This workshop invites participants to expand their perspective on how their work is relevant to the public, and helps build the toolkit required to reach people outside of our discipline.
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Baird CampbellPublic Scholarship Graduate Fellow
Baird Campbell is PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Rice University. His dissertation “The Archive of the Self: Trans Self-Making and Social Media in Chile,” brings together queer/trans studies, studies of the archive, and science and technology studies to explore how trans activists in Chile use social media to understand and shape their gender identities. He is also the managing editor of Platypus, the CASTAC blog, where he has made accessible and public-facing scholarship one of his main priorities. In the precious moments when he is not writing his dissertation, Baird enjoys cooking, singing, deconstructing popular media through an anthropological lens, and hanging out with his husband and two cats.
Hannia DelgadoCool Anthropology Social Media Manager
Hannia Delgado graduated from CUNY, Baruch College and earned a BBA in Marketing Management with a concentration in Digital Marketing. She has an obsession with plants and can usually be found wandering around a plant shop or nursery. She loves creativity and losing herself in the process, especially when she’s painting. She came to Cool Anthropology wanting to use her skills and stay informed, and the work has brightened her world — her favorite Cool Anthropologist is Linda Black Elk, but she is constantly surprised by the amazing work of our team and the many incredible anthropologists whose voices we uplift.
Kristina BainesAssociate Professor + "Director of Anthropology"
Kristina Bainesis a sociocultural anthropologist with an applied medical/environmental focus. Her research interests include indigenous ecologies, health, and heritage in the context of global change, in addition to publicly engaged research and dissemination practices. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY), Guttman Community College, and the Director of Anthropology for Cool Anthropology.
Victoria CostaCreative Technologist + "Director of Cool"
Victoria Costa is a creative innovator who leverages her skills in design thinking, program management, technology and collective action to build community around projects supporting more just societies. Her interests include social permaculture, rethinking education and breaking down the walls of academia to provide wide access to research ideas. She is co-founder and principal strategist at Cool Anthropology, research scholar at the Ronin Institute, and serves on the advisory board of the Oglala Lakota Economic and Cultural Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI).