Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork Devices by Adolfo EstalellaExperimental Collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork Devices by Adolfo Estalella

Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork Devices

EditorAdolfo Estalella, Tomás Sánchez Criado

Hardcover | April 24, 2018

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In the accounts compiled in this book, ethnography occurs through processes of material and social interventions that turn the field into a site for epistemic collaboration. Through creative interventions that unfold what we term as "fieldwork devices"-such as coproduced books, the circulation of repurposed data, co-organized events, authorization protocols, relational frictions, and social rhythms-anthropologists engage with their counterparts in the field in the construction of joint anthropological problematizations. In these situations, the traditional tropes of the fieldwork encounter (i.e. immersion and distance) give way to a narrative of intervention, where the aesthetics of collaboration in the production of knowledge substitutes or intermingles with participant observation. Building on this, the book proposes the concept of "experimental collaborations" to describe and conceptualize this distinctive ethnographic modality.

Adolfo Estalella is an anthropologist affiliated to the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. His research focuses on the emergence of epistemic cultures in the city. Tomás Sánchez Criado, Senior Researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, TU Munich, is a social anthropologist with specialization in STS, working ...
Title:Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork DevicesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:BERGHAHN BOOKSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1785338536

ISBN - 13:9781785338533


Table of Contents

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Foreword: Collaboration Mode 3: A Found Condition of Anthropological Field Research Today. and What Might Be Made of It
George E. Marcus

Introduction: Experimental Collaborations
Tomás Sánchez Criado and Adolfo Estalella

Chapter 1. Experimenting with Data: 'Collaboration' as Method and Practice in an Interdisciplinary Public Health Project
Emma Garnett

Chapter 2. The 'Research Traineeship': The Ups and Downs of Para-siting Ethnography
Maria Schiller

Chapter 3. Finding One's Rhythm: A 'Tour de Force' of Fieldwork on the Road with a Band
Anna Lisa Ramella

Chapter 4. Idiotic Encounters: Experimenting with Collaborations Between Ethnography and Design
Andrea Gaspar

Chapter 5. Fieldwork as Interface: Digital Technologies, Moral Worlds and Zones of Encounter
Karen Waltorp

Chapter 6. Thrown into Collaboration: An Ethnography of Transcript Authorization
Alexandra Kasatkina, Zinaida Vasilyeva, and Roman Khandozhko

Chapter 7. A Cultural Cyclotron: Ethnography, Art Experiments, and a Challenge of Moving Towards the Collaborative in Rural Poland
Tomasz Rakowski

Chapter 8. Making Fieldwork Public: Repurposing Ethnography as a Hosting Platform in Hackney Wick, London
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

Afterword: Refiguring Collaboration and Experimentation
Sarah Pink


Editorial Reviews

"This volume. represents a very serious, worthwhile, and successful effort to bring together new works on ethnographic field methods. It will be of relevance to all practicing anthropologists, regardless of their subdiscipline, area of geographical interest, or current career position." . David O'Kane, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany "Experimental Collaborations provides fascinating insights into some of the muddiest disciplines premised on engaged 'fieldwork'. The book proposes an interesting and useful theoretical framework to explicate the contemporary challenges facing 'fieldworkers' of various kinds." . Matan Shapiro, Ben Gurion University of the Negev