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Anthropology Beyond the Academy with Professor David Prendergast

When Jun 17, 2019
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Edmund Leach Room, Department of Social Anthropology Free School Lane, Cambridge
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With alumnus Professor David Prendergast (Maynooth University)

The Life and Times of a Corporate Anthropologist

In 2006, David Prendergast received an intriguing invitation to become involved in the establishment of a $36 million research centre focused on sociotechnical research and design of technologies for independent living in Ireland. Within six months, he had left his academic trajectory and found himself sitting in the middle of a ‘cube farm’ in one of the most advanced industrial plants on the planet.  This talk outlines his journey into, through and out of Intel over the course of eleven years, pausing along the way to visit various multidisciplinary projects on digital health, ageing, and  smart cities and discuss the enjoyable but occasionally tempestuous role as an anthropologist working at the academic-industrial interface.

Co-designing Technologies and Services with Older People in Ireland
Co-designing Community Services in Ireland (credit: David Prendergast)