Experiential Learning Leadership Institute

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Keynote Speaker - Luci Attala

Luci Attala

Luci Attala is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Luci champions experiential and active learning as the route to empowering graduates to be able to seek solutions to today’s global problems. Recently charged with redesigning the delivery methods for all disciplines on the Faculty of Humanities, Luci has created a system that to aims to draw students’ potential out experientially whilst furnishing them with a broad set of skills that are designed to increase their confidence to act. Learning with (not about) the world is at the root of anthropology. Taking inspiration from participant observation and ethnographic methodology, Luci maintains that allowing her students to lead her as much as the other way around liberates novel and astonishing conclusions, associations and learnings for all. Luci also sits on Oxford University’s Educere Network. Comprised of anthropologists and policy makers, the network aims to synergise the fields of education, wellbeing and sustainability through exploration of alternative methods of learning alongside indigenous pedagogies. In 2015 she received the Green Gown Award for her inspirational contribution to sustainable education.

Her research interests are underpinned by a focus on materialities with specific attention afforded to water. Luci is currently exploring the role water plays in shaping lives in rural Kenya, Spain and Wales, but also considers water’s part in organizing human bodies and social behaviors more widely. Taking inspiration from post-humanism, the morethanhuman move and multispecies ethnographies, her work asks the question ‘how does water make us human’ and adopts a new materialities framework - that draws the physics of relating substances to the foreground - to obtain an answer. Luci’s work in Kenya is supported by the Wenner Gren Foundation and was recognized in 2014 by the United Nations with the receipt of a Gold Star Award.