Teaching collaborative environmental anthropology: A case study embedding engaged scholarship in critical approaches to voluntourism


This article presents lessons learned from an interdisciplinary-engaged scholarship collaboration between the University of Memphis, Colorado State University, and four Honduran conservation organizations to assess the relationship between gender and conservation values among voluntourists on the Bay Island of Utila, Honduras. We focus on four key domains of teaching feminist and environmental anthropology through applied collaborative work: (1) teaching inclusion and collaboration; (2) understanding and valuing situatedness; (3) interrogating the idea that women are naturally conservationists; and (4) understanding neoliberal conservation and applying anthropology. Finally, we share some lessons learned from the experience, situating this discussion within the broader literature on teaching applied anthropology in higher education. [conservation voluntourism, feminist methods, engaged scholarship].

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Annals of Anthropological Practice