An Ethnographic Inventory

Xcol. An ethnographic inventory

Workshop à la carte: Original (2017)

CLEENIK – Clinic of anthropological ethnographic experiments

Re-enactment for Nothing – A Recipe

Workshop à la carte: Academic Expansion (2019)

Games ‘Open Form neu Denken’

Infraestructuras etnográficas

How to do ethnography through (epistemic) love letters

How to ‘device’ an ethnographic infrastructure

Problematorio de ética de la investigación

The method of telegrammatic correspondence: A digital mode of inquiry for times of lockdown


xcol is an inventory of the endless invention that is integral to any ethnographic inquiry. It takes as its departing point the idea that ethnography is an act of invention: Anthropologists, and ethnographers in general, have to invent how to investigate with others. xcol documents and curates the relational inventions produced by anthropologists with their counterparts. The inventory offers four kinds of inventions: fieldwork inventions for ethnographic inquiry (field devices), pedagogical methodologies and venues for the apprenticeship of ethnography (open formats), interventions towards the inside of the discipline of anthropology drawing inspiration from our fields of study (intraventions), and material experiments in anthropological practice at the hinges of the ethnographic (prototypes). Anthropologists, ethnographers and close companions are invited to join this open inventory.

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This section inventories different texts sustaining and motivating the tasks of the xcol platform: conceptual positions driven by an experimental impulse (xpositions), programmatic essays, longer reflections and other contributions addressing relevant aspects of ethnographic inventiveness.


A vocabulary of ethnographic invention: The xcol glossary is a collection of fundamental words and terms offering a conceptual language needed to describe the inventiveness always present in the ethnographic endeavour. The xcol glossary is thus nothing else than an inventory of words needed to account for ethnographic invention. It also offers key terms to navigate the site and engage in the task of inventorying.


The xcol inventory is a research platform and an infrastructure for ethnographic inquiry. The Inquiry section assembles different elements of the inventory presenting explorations into relevant topics. These varied assemblages or bundles map out distinctive modes of inquiry, pedagogic programmes and experimental endeavours in ethnography.

Antropologías multimodales

Una antropología que no está basada en lo textual sino en lo multi-sensorial, que es performativa antes que representacional y que es inventiva antes que descriptiva. La antropología multimodal nos sitúa ante otros 'modos' de indagación antropológica.

Playing with method

How could games redevelop our repertoires of ethnographic representation and intervention? What vocabularies and considerations might allow us to unfold their full potential as relevant ethnographic or peri-ethnographic genres?