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Call for Inventions 1.0: Field Devices

  • Xposition
  • November 5, 2021
In our first Call for Inventions (CfI) we are particularly aiming to inventory accounts of ‘field devices’: the inventive social and material arrangements undertaken, created, made or repurposed in the course of doing fieldwork with others. What we have in mind are texts of at least 2000 words accounting for these field devices in at least two senses: (1) fleshing out the context as well as the social and material arrangements of particular ‘field devices’ as they are put into practice in empirical situations; and (2) hinting at the particular modes of ethnographic inquiry they enable or make emerge.

Convocatoria para contribuir con invenciones 1.0: dispositivos de campo

  • Xposition
  • November 1, 2021
Solicitamos textos de unas 2.000 palabras que den cuenta de dispositivos de campo que incluyan dos aspectos: (1) que contextualicen y describan las condiciones sociales y materiales de estos 'dispositivos de campo' en las situaciones empíricas en las que se han puesto en práctica; y (2) que expliciten los modos particulares de indagación etnográfica que esos dispositivos permiten desarrollar. Estamos especialmente abiertos a textos que experimenten con géneros híbridos, entre el formato de recetas (o manuales de instrucciones) y los relatos etnográficos de carácter descriptivo.

Call for Inventions

  • Inquiries
  • October 29, 2021
We aim to inventory accounts of ‘field devices’: the inventive social and material arrangements undertaken, created, made or repurposed in the course of doing fieldwork with others. What we have in mind are texts accounting for these field devices in at least two senses: (1) fleshing out the context as well as the social and material arrangements put into practice in empirical situations; and (2) hinting at the particular modes of ethnographic inquiry they enable or make emerge. Here you can check the full content of the call, as well as examples and guidelines to prepare your proposal.

Writing inventions: A how to guide to approach the description of ‘field devices’

  • Xposition
  • October 29, 2021
The different inventions we aim to inventory in xcol call for particular writing genres beyond established ones. This form of writing can be a complicated task. In this text we have put together our first 'how to' guide to the different genres we aim to inventory: 'field devices.' We believe these are peculiar writing pieces. Here we share a suggestion on how to approach their writing and a proposal with the structure of sections.

Sensorialidad (y más): más allá del texto

  • Xposition
  • October 20, 2021
La antropología ha consagrado la escritura como práctica paradigmática para la expresión de su conocimiento, pero el texto no es suficiente para dar cuenta de la complejidad del mundo. En tiempos recientes se desarrolla un amplio esfuerzo por experimentar con otros lenguajes y formatos para el conocimiento antropológico, así ocurre con la antropología sensorial y experimentos que se inspiran en los dominios del arte y las culturas digitales.

Colaboraciones antropológicas en la contemporaneidad

  • Xposition
  • October 19, 2021
La colaboración es invocada en tiempos recientes como una figura relacional necesaria para el estudio de nuestro mundo. Las llamadas a la colaboración en antropología no son nuevas, pero sí resultan novedosas las articulaciones específicas en nuestra contemporaneidad, como los ejercicios de colaboración experimental a través de los cuales antropólogos y sus contrapartes construyen problematizaciones conjuntas.

Ethnographic experimentation: Other tales of the field

  • Xposition
  • October 16, 2021
Ethnographic experimentation refers to an ethnographic modality where anthropologists venture into the collaborative production of venues for knowledge creation that turn the field into a site for the construction of joint anthropological problematizations. Invoking the trope of ethnographic experimentation we aim at describing how anthropologists creatively venture into the production of venues of knowledge creation through processes of material and social interventions that turn the field into a site for epistemic collaboration: a site for the construction of joint anthropological problematizations.

Ethnographic experimentation

  • Inquiries
  • October 10, 2021
How would an experimental fieldwork exercise look like? The ethnographic experimentation proposed here is a form of engagement that entails field interventions through material and spatial arrangements that enable the articulation of inventive ways of working together. A distinctive ethnographic modality for the production of anthropological knowledge, one that bear witness to an emerging sensibility that takes shape in those field encounters in which anthropologists devise the conditions to problematize the world with their counterparts.

Dispositivos de campo

  • Xposition
  • October 1, 2021
Proponemos concebir la etnografía como un ensamblaje de dispositivos de campo: técnicas relacionales, dispositivos de registro… el concepto de dispositivo pretende llamar la atención sobre la espacialidad y materialidad específicas que demandan las situaciones etnográficas. Los dispositivos de campo son arreglos singulares que hacen posible el encuentro etnográfico, surgen de la inventiva relacional del campo y nos hablan de los mundos sociales investigados al mismo tiempo que dan cuenta del esfuerzo inventivo de las antropólogas por investigarlos.

Open Formats: methodologies for thinking together

  • Inquiries
  • February 3, 2021
Open formats are methodologies for thinking and doing together. Despite the relevance of the methodologies used to share knowledge, we usually resort to the most conventional formats: paper presentations, round tables, etc. This offers a collection of experiments with meeting formats as pedagogical spaces for the apprenticeship of ethnographic experimentation and encourages the need to document these ‘experiments’ so that they may travel, be learnt and reproduced elsewhere.

Staging complexity

  • Xposition
  • January 28, 2021
In contrast with more conventional approaches to the uses of theatre for the public engagement with science and technology (e.g. pedagogical approaches to science communication), contemporary forms of participatory, community, interactive or digital theatre have also served as relevant arenas for projects searching to activate publics through agonistic and complex encounters with contemporary technoscientific issues. This was the case of Enacting Innovation, a performance that crystallises a dialogue between social scientists and theatre professionals working in the vicinity of STS in which that seek to 'stage complexity' and the paradoxes of otherwise repetitive innovation scripts.

Antropologías multimodales

  • Inquiries
  • January 14, 2021
La antropología multimodal propone un programa a través del cual la disciplina se abre a la invención de formas de expresión y representación, de relación y producción de conocimiento a través de múltiples modos relacionales y representacionales que van más allá de lo textual. A través de ellos, los antropólogos y antropólogas exploran otros modos de indagación, se abren a nuevos lenguajes y formatos para expresar su conocimiento y son capaces de interpelar a públicos amplios y diversos.

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  • December 1, 2020
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Care review

  • Glossary term
  • November 16, 2020
A modality of ‘peer review’ undertaken with care searching to be as inclusive as possible, leaving no one behind: that...

Note-taking: A ‘fieldwork device’ duplex

  • Xposition
  • November 16, 2020
A re-description of my two-fold engagement as ethnographer-cum-documenter in the activist design collective En torno a la silla. Highlighting the importance of note-taking as a ‘fieldwork device’ for the problematizing and relating in the field.

‘Devicing’ fieldwork

  • Xposition
  • November 16, 2020
We would like to intimate a mode of collaboration that is neither a constitutive condition of fieldwork nor a deliberate strategy informed by political and ethical commitments: Collaboration as an epistemic figure that describes how anthropologists creatively venture into the production of venues of knowledge creation in partnership with their counterparts in the field. In these situations, the ethnographic method is re-equipped with new infrastructures, spaces of knowledge production, relationship forms and modes of representation.

The ethnographic invention

  • Xposition
  • November 15, 2020
Ethnography is an act of invention. Anthropological inquiries always demand to invent how to inquire and how to relate to others, this is the central argument upon which xcol-Inventory has been built. But if invention has always been integral to the empirical practice of ethnography, the imperative to care for our knowledge practices should also involve to care for the inventiveness of our modes of inquiry.

Playing with method

  • Inquiries
  • November 8, 2020
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?

Prototypes

  • Glossary term
  • November 6, 2020
In the language of this platform prototypes are open-ended material experiments in anthropological practice at the hinges of the ethnographic,...

Open formats

  • Glossary term
  • November 5, 2020
The term open formats refers to the experimentation with meeting formats as pedagogical spaces for the apprenticeship of ethnographic experimentation....

Xcolars

  • Glossary term
  • November 5, 2020
Those interested in documenting and caring for ethnographic invention, filling up xcol inventory with content (inventions, xpositions, inquiries and terms...

Inventathon

  • Glossary term
  • November 5, 2020
Gatherings and more or less thematic workshops organised by xcolars where ethnographic invention is celebrated and taken care of by...

The Lab is not Blah: Academic encounters, venues to re-train ourselves

  • Xposition
  • November 3, 2020
Open formats are methodologies for thinking and doing together. Despite the relevance of the methodologies used to share knowledge, we usually resort to the most conventional formats: paper presentations, round tables, etc. This offers a collection of experiments with meeting formats as pedagogical spaces for the apprenticeship of ethnographic experimentation and encourages the need to document these ‘experiments’ so that they may travel, be learnt and reproduced elsewhere.

Infraestructuras etnográficas

  • Inventory
  • November 1, 2020
El proceso de diseño de una infraestructura puede convertirse en el dispositivo que permite el desarrollo de una etnografía. Las infraestructuras son mundos relacionales así que co-construir una infraestructura con nuestras contrapartes en el campo es una forma de desplegar las condiciones para la relación etnográfica.

Experimental collaborations

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Experimental collaboration is an ethnographic mode of collaboration (there are others ‘modes of collaboration’) that entails field interventions through material...

Experimentation

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Experimentation is a figure invoked in many domains, it is not though so common in anthropology. In the xcol language...

Modes of collaboration

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
The idiom of collaboration has pervaded anthropology and many other social domains in recent years, capturing the imagination of a...

Intravention

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Intravention refers to interventions inside our own disciplines occurring in collaboration and complicity with our ethnographic counterparts and epistemic partners....

Field devices

  • Glossary term
  • October 29, 2020
Field devices are the situated and relational expressions of ethnographic modes of inquiry. A field device may have the form...

Re-enactment for Nothing – A Recipe

  • Inventory
  • October 25, 2020
‘Re-enactment for nothing’ is a recipe for the exploration of possible (re-) designs of research situations, done without wanting to...

El dibujo etnográfico. Delinear modos de indagación

  • Xposition
  • October 24, 2020
El dibujo siempre ha formado parte del oficio antropológico pero le ha ocurrido lo mismo que a la fotografía, ha sido una actividad marginada. La investigación antropológica reciente integra el dibujo al menos de tres formas distintas: (1) como formato de representación, (2) como técnica de registro y (3) como un modo de indagación antropológico.

Tomás Criado

  • Xcolar
  • October 21, 2020
Tomás Criado is Senior Researcher at the Chair of Urban Anthropology and Director of the Stadtlabor of Multimodal Anthropology of the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin.

Adolfo Estalella

  • Xcolar
  • October 21, 2020
Adolfo Estalella is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology, Faculty of Sociology and Political Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid

Antropologías multimodales: más que texto

  • Xposition
  • October 20, 2020
La antropología multimodal propone un programa que especula con las formas posibles de indagación antropológica y que a través de gestos inventivos contribuye a renovar la relevancia del oficio antropológico. La reflexión que propone hace uso de la particular condición hipermediada de nuestra época tratando de superar la fijación disciplinar con lo textual para experimentar con las formas de representación, análisis e indagación. A través de ellos, los antropólogos se abren a nuevos lenguajes, formatos y otros modos de indagación.

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  • July 20, 2020
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Review of multimodal projects

  • Inquiries
  • January 10, 2019
In anthropological training it is customary to learn to value many genres of textual production: indeed, book reviews and review articles set the grounds for empirical and conceptual discussions on a wide variety of ethnographic projects in conventional written forms. However, multimodal projects pose singular challenges for their description. Searching to find ways to learn to appreciate these projects, this section reviews multimodal projects. In it we explore ways to accurately describe them, paying special attention to their multi-media and socio-material arrangements, as well as finding ways to discuss and value what modalities of inquiry they bring forth.