EmTech Anthropology Announcement

EmTech Anthropology CoverOn August 5th, 2024, Routledge will publish EmTech Anthropology: Careers at the Frontier, a new volume co-edited by Matt Artz and Lora Koycheva. This book examines the intersection of anthropology and emerging technologies (EmTech), providing insights into how anthropologists are shaping the future of technological innovation.

EmTech Anthropology: Careers at the Frontier features contributions from early to mid-career anthropologists working in various EmTech fields. The book covers topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, blockchain, robotics, space technology, genetic engineering, and biotechnology.

The volume aims to serve as a resource for anthropologists, students, and professionals from related disciplines who are interested in exploring the frontiers of anthropology and emerging technologies. It offers a glimpse into the possibilities that arise when anthropological perspectives are applied to EmTech contexts.

Key Themes and Content

The book emphasizes anthropology’s role at the forefront of emerging technologies. It explores the opportunities and challenges that arise as anthropologists venture into EmTech territories, often pushing the boundaries of traditional academic approaches and methodologies.

Through the stories and insights of practitioners in the field, the book provides a potential roadmap for future anthropologists seeking to make an impact in EmTech. These narratives demonstrate how anthropological perspectives and skills can be applied to address the complex ethical, social, and cultural implications of emerging technologies.

EmTech Anthropology: Careers at the Frontier highlights how anthropologists can act as visionaries, innovators, and early adopters in shaping the trajectory of EmTech. The book emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, practical impact, and intervention in EmTech contexts. It also acknowledges the need for anthropologists to challenge existing narratives and push the boundaries of their own discipline.

Contributors and Structure

The book features chapters by Laura Musgrave, Lianne Potter, Melyn McKay, Anne Johnson, Mujtaba Hameed, Thomas Scott Hughes, and Kate Sieck. These authors share their experiences and insights from working in various EmTech fields, including conversational AI, machine learning, cybersecurity, blockchain, robotics, space technology, genetic engineering, and biotechnology.

Julia Gluesing provides the foreword, reinforcing the critical convergence of anthropology and technology. The book includes endorsements from Timothy de Waal Malefyt, Elizabeth K. Briody, Jay Hasbrouck, Dan Podjed, Louise Vang Jensen, and Anders Kristian Munk.

Relevance and Audience

EmTech Anthropology: Careers at the Frontier is positioned as a resource for several groups:

  1. Anthropologists looking to expand their work into EmTech fields
  2. Students considering career paths at the intersection of anthropology and technology
  3. Professionals from related disciplines interested in understanding anthropological perspectives on emerging technologies
  4. EmTech industry professionals seeking insights on integrating cultural and social considerations into their work

The book aims to inspire and guide the next generation of anthropological innovators by showcasing the work being done at the crossroads of anthropology and technology.

Availability and Pre-order Information

EmTech Anthropology: Careers at the Frontier is scheduled for publication on August 5th, 2024. It is currently available for pre-order through Routledge Taylor & Francis Group and other major book retailers.

For more information about the book, including a detailed table of contents and author biographies, interested readers can visit the official website at https://emtechanthropology.com/.

As the publication date approaches, the co-editors and contributors may participate in various events and discussions related to the book’s themes. Updates on these activities will be shared on the book’s website and through the co-editors’ professional networks.

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