The "Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology" aims at developing ‘an anthropology of/as urbanism’. It critically explores governmental, everyday, insurgent and more-than-human practices of city making. It also experiments with ethnography as a more-than-textual, multimodal practice.



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Graphic Research Working Group: Call for Participation

Are you interested in how research can incorporate drawing, comic art, illustrated narrative and other graphic forms?  Then join our working group, which will focus on drawing and the construction of graphic or illustrated narratives from fieldnotes and research encounters. We are looking to take advantage of the growing interest in graphic ethnography and drawing as a method of investigation, itself part of a renewed openness to multimodal research practice and communication. The group is open to researchers from any discipline interested in drawing as an analytical tool or in graphic art as a form of research communication. At the same time, the group also welcomes artists interested in ethnographic and other forms of research. 

The working group aims to offer a space of experimentation, practice and learning together. The format will be a bi-monthly meeting where the group’s members can draw, discuss, and present some of their ethnographic writing and research narratives, or share a favorite illustrator or author. No experience with drawing/illustrating is necessary, but it is expected that participants will seek to learn about and actively engage in visual mediums.

The working group will be hosted by the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology and initial meetings will take place at the Institute of European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

If you are interested in joining our group or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Samir Harb at

Image: “The Making of a Page from the King of Bangkok” by Claudio SopranzettiSara Fabbri, and Chiara Natalucci.

Image on the right from: Unflattening by Nick Sousanis. 2015 Harvard University Press