My name’s Tomás Sánchez Criado (@tscriado) and I am a Social Anthropologist with specialization in STS.
Since 2007 I have been working ethnographically on the transformations of our ecologies of support, through an analysis of the prototyping, installation, maintenance/repair, and re-design of different corporate, institutional & activist more-than-human care arrangements in Europe, with a focus on Spain. I am currently interested in technoscientific activisms, and their experience-based challenges and democratizations of expertise through the production of documentation interfaces, as well as encounters to elicit and discuss bodily diversity and the appropriate environmental/material affordances to host it. For this I am currently undertaking research on urban accessibility struggles and the creation, implementation, maintenance and supervision of sidewalk democracy projects as well as inclusive urbanism practices.
– Anthropology & STS (materio-semiotic & post-ANT perspectives)
– Ecologies of support (more–than–human care arrangements and their design, installation, use, maintenance/repair, or re-design; institutional, market, DIY, collaborative, or open-source personal and urban support infrastructures; the politics and ethics of care through ecologies of support)
– Documentation interfaces (technoscientific activisms, and the experience-based challenges and democratisations of expertise; open design how-to/tutorial culture and other activist archives of experience; tinkering with documentation, and the production of encounters to elicit and discuss bodily diversity and the environmental/material affordances to host it)
– Ethnographic experimentation (experimental collaborations, joint problem-making, digital platforms, meeting formats)
-From 2015: Developing a research project on “Accessibility Values: Disability rights movements, political regulations and market devices in the design of urban democracy in Europe“.
– From 2014: Thinking on ethnographic experimentation at #xcol – Experimental Collaborations, an open anthropological infrastructure for ethnographic experimentation beyond participant observation, seeking to intervene in current forms of ethnographic practice and learning; and #Colleex – Collaboratory of Ethnographic Experimentation (An EASA network).
Previous career and research experience
– 2014-2015. Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department of the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Member of STS-b (Barcelona Science & Technology Studies) research group, Open University of Catalonia.
– 2012-2014: Postdoctoral project “Participatory experiences in the design of independent living technologies & services“ (funded by the Alliance 4 Universities at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain): An ethnographic research project on different practices of participatory & collaborative design for ‘independent living’ and urban accessibility, taking part as a member of the “En torno a la silla” design collective. Part of the Spanish National R&D programme 2011-2014 “Political Action of Groups Concerned with the Promotion of Independent Living in Spain (EXPDEM)” (CSO2011-29749-C02-02) research project. Member of STS-b (Barcelona Science & Technology Studies) research group, Open University of Catalonia.
– 2007-2012. PhD in Social Anthropology (cum laude) at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Title: “The logics of telecare: The fabrication of ‘connected autonomy’ in telecare for older people“. The result of an ethnographic project on home telecare devices for older people in the region of Madrid (Spain), in which I focused on the practices of implementation and use of such devices & services through which certain articulations of ‘users’ as well as care relations and spaces emerged out. Made thanks to a FPU-UAM 2007-2011 PhD scholarship, and under the auspices of the following research projects: FP7 “Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home (EFORTT)“; and Spanish National R&D programme 2008-2011 “Technology and attention to dependence: An analysis of the psychosocial effects of telecare’s implementation” (CSO2008-06308-C02-01/SOCI).
– Visiting researcher / short stays at the following institutions: Instituto de Historia (IH), History of Science Dept., Centro 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)
– Alliance 4 Universities Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2012-2014)
– Visiting PhD Fellow at the Centre for Science Studies & Department of Sociology, Lancaster University (2009-2010)
– FPU-UAM PhD Fellowship, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2007-2011)
– 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‘
– European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) – Co-convenor since January 2017 of the ‘Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation – #Colleex‘ network
Please check here for an updated PDF version of my CV (February 2017)