My name’s Tomás Sánchez Criado (@tscriado) and I am an anthropologist with specialisation in STS.
Currently I am Senior Researcher (TV-L 13/5) at the Chair of Urban Anthropology of Humboldt-University of Berlin’s Department of European Ethnology.
My interests lie at the crossroads of Anthropology and STS, developing a concern around the socio-material implications of and the technical democracy interventions in the design of care and independent-living services or technologies, as well as urban accessibility infrastructures and other inclusive forms of city-making. Thus, in the last years I have been experimenting with different modes of anthropological engagement with inclusive design.
On the one hand, I have been unfolding (1) an anthropology of inclusive design: That is, engaging in ethnographic studies of more or less participatory design processes, implementations, installations, maintenance/repair, as well as uses of more inclusive urban infrastructures. My work since 2012 deals with the particular technical democracy of inclusive urbanism, for which I have been undertaking ethnographic and archival research on accessibility struggles and their distinct DIY and infrastructural projects in Barcelona (Spain), with a comparative European gaze. In particular, I’m interested in inclusive urbanism as a particular form of ‘techno-scientific activism’: that is, first, as a way of challenging technocracy through the circulation of traces and records of experience-based knowledge in particular documentation interfaces; and, second, as a way of exploring different self-experimentation and DIY methods, as well as sites and encounters to elicit bodily diversity and the appropriate socio-material affordances to host it.
On the other hand, I have experimented with other modes of engagement that might be addressed as (2) anthropology through or, even, as inclusive design: That is, I have been exploring how particular inclusive design cultures might suggest to engage through design in a different kind of anthropology: For instance, working in such activist design settings might ‘activate’ us as researchers, impacting on our practices, and suggesting us to explore more collaborative and experimental forms of inquiry, exploring alternative meeting formats, types of records and accounts. As a result, different fieldwork devices and formats might be created for an anthropological engagement (ethnographic or otherwise) to matter in the articulation of interstitial worlds, where bodily differences might be put in common. I am also interested in exploring how anthropology could be engaged as a form of inclusive design, when searching to intervene in or have an impact on more democratic design practices through a wide range of ‘joint-problem making’ activities: be it when we contribute to ongoing materialisations and the articulation of what these processes bring, or when we craft pedagogical devices to sensitise all involved to come to terms with bodily diversity and multi-sensory environments.
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TEACHING & SUPERVISION
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PREVIOUS CAREER EXPERIENCE
– 2015-2018. Senior Researcher (TV-L 13/4-5). Assistant Professorship of Participatory Technology Design, jointly appointed between the Munich Center for Technology in Society & the Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich.
– 2014-2015. Lecturer in Social Sciences. Psychology and Educational Sciences Department, Open University of Catalonia. STS-b (Barcelona Science & Technology Studies) research group.
– 2012-2014: Assistant lecturer / Alliance 4 Universities postdoctoral fellow at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. STS-b (Barcelona Science & Technology Studies) research group.
– 2011-2012. Assistant lecturer. Psychology and Educational Sciences Department, Open University of Catalonia.
– 2007-2011. FPU-UAM PhD Fellow. Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
– Visiting fellow at the following institutions: Instituto de Historia (IH), History of Science Dept., Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Spanish National Scientific Council (CSIC), Madrid (3 weeks, 3.2017; 5 weeks, 9-10.2017); UC, Davis – Departments of Cultural Studies and Anthropology (1 week, 4.2017); Instituto de Psicología Social, Universidad de la República, Montevideo (2 weeks, 12.2016); Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS), Research Group ‘Environment, Territory, and Society’, Universidade de Lisboa (3 weeks, 10.2016); Centre for Science Studies & Department of Sociology, Lancaster University (1 semester, 10.2009-2.2010).
– Alliance 4 Universities Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2012-2014)
– FPU-UAM PhD Fellowship, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2007-2011)
– European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) – Co-convenor since January 2017 of the ‘Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation – #Colleex‘ network.
– European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) – Part of the local organising committee of the 4S-EASST joint conference in Barcelona 2016 ‘Science and technology by other means: Exploring collectives, spaces, and futures’ & member of the Editorial Board of the EASST Review (since 2016) | Student representative in the Council (2009-2010).
– Antropólogos Iberoamericanos en Red | Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists (AIBR) – Part of the organising committee of the 5th AIBR International Conference of Anthropology in Madrid (2019) | Member of the Council (2005-2011).
Please check here for an updated PDF version of my CV (January 2019)