Xcol. An ethnographic inventory
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.
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.
NEW EDITED BOOK! – An Ethnographic Inventory: Field Devices for Anthropological Inquiries
SEMINARIO – La invención etnográfica: el arte de hacer preguntas relevantes
Ethnographic experimentation: Other tales of the field
Dispositivos de campo
The ethnographic invention
The Lab is not Blah: Academic encounters, venues to re-train ourselves
Antropologías multimodales: más que texto
Dar cuenta de la invención: una guía para abordar la descripción de los dispositivos de campo
Sensorialidad (y más): más allá del texto
Colaboraciones antropológicas en la contemporaneidad
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.