#xcol is an open anthropological infrastructure for the research of novel modes of ethnographic fieldwork. It is a research project and a pedagogic program that seeks to intervene in current forms of ethnographic practice and learning.

Anthropology has historically consolidated its ethnographic mode of knowledge production around participant observation, a practice according to which the anthropologist has to be socially involved in the setting he/she is researching while being detached enough to establish the appropriate observational conditions. Experimental collaboration proposes a displacement in the fieldwork practice; it is an ethnographic mode whose epistemic practice for knowledge production is experimental (not only observational) and whose social mode of engagement is collaborative (not only participative). We use the concept of experimental collaboration to describe particular forms of ethnographic engagement that explore modes of fieldwork beyond participant observation and propose it as a research program to design new fieldwork devices for ethnography.

Latest events

#xcol-event_7 ‘Ethnographic Experimentation: Fieldwork Devices and Companions’ First workshop of #Colleex  – Collaboratory of Ethnographic Experimentation (EASA Network), Lisboa, July 13th-15th. [EN] 

#xcol-event_6 CLEENIK: clinic of anthropological ethnographic experiments in fieldwork‘.  EASA2016 Lab05, Milano. July 22nd 9:00-10:30. [EN] 

Latest publication

(2016). Special feature “Colaboraciones experimentales: Una modalidad etnográfica” & Introduction “Experimentación etnográfica: infraestructuras de campo y re-aprendizajes de la antropología“, Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares Vol 71, No 1 (2016) – DOI: 10.3989/rdtp.2016.v71.i1 [ES]

Images: Medialab-Prado & #xcol logo & Carla Boserman & Jorge Martín.