Research: Projects & Venues

INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

-2015-2018: Accessibility Values: Disability rights movements, political regulations and market devices in the design of urban democracy in Europe (Individual research project)

An ethnographic research project (involving fieldwork, interviews, and archival work) on inclusive urbanism struggles and the creation, implementation, maintenance and supervision of sidewalk democracy projects in Europe, with a focus on Barcelona and Spain.

Funded by:  Assistant Professorship of Participatory Technology Design (Exzellenzinitiative), Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich .

– 2012-2014. Participatory experiences in the design of independent living technologies & services (Postdoctoral project at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

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.

Funded by: An Alliance 4 Universities postdoctoral fellowship; and 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.

– 2007-2012. The logics of telecare: The fabrication of ‘connected autonomy’ in telecare for older people (PhD in Social  Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

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.

Funded by: FPU-UAM 2007-2011 PhD fellowship; FP7 project  2007-2010 “Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home (EFORTT)“; and Spanish National R&D programme 2008-2011 research project “Technology and attention to dependence: An analysis of the psychosocial effects of telecare’s implementation” (CSO2008-06308-C02-01/SOCI).

COLLABORATIVE VENUES

-2015-ongoing: #xcol – Experimental collaborations

An open anthropological infrastructure–developed together with Adolfo Estalella–for the research of inventive and intraventive modes of ethnographic and non-ethnographic inquiry. It seeks to intervene in current forms of anthropological practice and learning.

-2017-ongoing: Collaboratory for ethnographic experimentation – #Colleex /kɒli:ɡz/

An official network of the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA). It aims to open up a space for debate and intervention around experimental forms of ethnographic (field)work. Amid profound debates in recent years on the nature and conventions of ethnography, #Colleex seeks to explore novel forms of knowledge production for anthropology. The network is organized as a ‘collaboratory’ whose main agenda is to foster practical explorations alongside theoretical debates on what we call ethnographic experimentation.

#Colleex intends to explore the infrastructures, spaces, forms of relationship, methods, and techniques required to inject an experimental sensibility in fieldwork. In no way unprecedented in the anthropological endeavour, experimentation has been invoked decades ago as an opportunity to renovate the discipline through novel forms of ethnographic writing and representation. The #Colleex network intends to further develop the experimental impulse present in anthropology, shifting its locus from the process of writing to the practice of fieldwork. The intention is to work on a question: What would ethnographic fieldwork look like if it was shaped around the epistemic practice of experimentation? In #Colleex fieldwork experimentation is not just invoked for its own sake but because there is a prospect that doing so could help foster new forms of anthropological theorization.

The network seeks to connect with anthropologists and other practitioners of ethnography interested in discussing their fieldwork practices. It could be of interest for specialists in the fields of visual anthropology, sensory anthropology, digital ethnography, design anthropology, as well as other social scientists and researchers using participatory and experimental methodologies, creative intersections of art and anthropology, or anthropology and STS. The network also seeks to include specialists from other domains like artists, cultural producers, designers, and practitioners of any discipline interested in creative experimentation with ethnographic practice. The inventive unfolding of ethnography already taking place in those areas could greatly contribute to strengthening the reach of anthropological fieldwork practices.

-2019-ongoing: Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology (Humboldt-University of Berlin’s Department of European Ethnology).

The Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology is a research platform, where anthropologists interested in contemporary urban issues explore multimedia formats of knowledge production and intervention in collaboration with other urban actors. In other words: we think is crucial to start blurring the boundaries between practices or formats of knowledge production and those of city-making. 

Hence, we explore conceptual, speculative and material tools, such as games or archives, to respond to the current crises of modern urbanism. In spite, or even because of their multimodal dimension, such formats are capable of altering the ways in which we discuss issues, share knowledge, raise awareness, make urban problems public, imagine futures, and learn to care. 

-2019-ongoing: Intersticios. Una indagación sobre las artes del encuentro

A collaborative platform (in cooperation with Gonzalo Correa) to experiment with conceptual registers inquiring on interstitial matters and the complex arts of togetherness.

MAIN THEMES

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 infrastructures; the politics and ethics of care through different personal and urban/environmental ecologies of support; environmental issues and interspecies relations)

 Techno-scientific activisms (self-experimentation, and the experience-based challenge 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)

– Re-learning (from) design (developing engagements with and through design towards inventive forms of public engagement and world-making, from which we could re-learn what it means to practice our anthropological inquiries; together with how the social sciences–STS and anthropology in particular–could ‘intravene’ in design education by generating pedagogic situations in which their methods and readings could contribute to  different processes of un-learning and re-learning how to be a design professional)

Anthropological experimentation (multi-modal invention; re-designing anthropology’s methods to undertake experimental modes of ethnographic and non-ethnographic inquiry, such as joint problem-making with our epistemic partners, with a particular attention to digital platforms, as well as meeting and learning formats)