Adolfo Estalella, PhD is an anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His two fields of research are Anthropology of Knowledge and Science and Technology Studies (STS). His recent work is focused in the study of digital cultures and forms of grassroots urbanism. He is interested in civic projects and activist initiatives that intervene in the city, more specifically I investigate two aspects of this forms of urban experimentation: the material infrastructures mobilized to refurnishing the public space and the epistemic practices and learning contexts through which knowledge circulates. Two other topics of his interest are the methodological innovations of ethnography and research ethics.
Andrea Gaspar, PhD is currently a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Coimbra. She worked as a postdoctoral research assistant in the exploratory project “The importance of being digital: exploring digital scholarship and digital methods” at CES (Centre for Social Studies), University Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester (2013), with a thesis based on her fieldwork in Milan among a group of interaction designers, entitled “‘Where does the new come from?’ An ethnography of design performances of ‘the new’”. Focusing on designers’ specific processes of production of the ‘new’, her thesis developed into an anthropological engagement with the STS approaches to innovation. This project stimulated her current interest in exploring the possibilities of collaboration between anthropology and design.
Tomás Sánchez Criado, PhD is a social anthropologist with specialization in STS. Senior Researcher at TUM’s Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), he currently undertakes ethnographic and archival research on DIY and institutional urban accessibility struggles and the design/maintenance of sidewalk democracy as well as inclusive urbanism practices in Europe, with a focus on Spain. Interested in their two-fold dimension as forms of ‘technoscientific activism’–with their experience-based challenge and democratizations of expertise through the production of documentation interfaces–, and as ‘ecologies of support’, generating encounters to elicit bodily diversity and the appropriate socio-material affordances to host it.