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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Ageing Cities - IfEE Institutskolloquium SoSe22

On July 19th 2022, 14:30-16:00, the main results of the Studienprojekt’s ‘Ageing Cities’, coordinated by Tomás Criado, were presented in the IfEE’s Institutskolloquium (SoSe22). The presentation was delivered by the group of students who partook in the project: Maximilian Apel, Erman Dinc, Christine Maicher, Adam Petras, Doreen Sauer, and Anna Maria Schlotmann.

Sonnenallee Podcast

The ‘Sonnenallee Podcast’ project discusses urban negotiations of space and time in open-ended conversation formats with guest speakers: what affects condition the notion of public space in Sonnenallee?

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Multimodal Projects Fund

A semester-based call inviting HU students at all levels – BA, MA and PhD – to apply for funding for multimodal projects addressing urban spaces, transformations and/or concerns.

Zauderbude eröffnet!

Image: Ⓒ Rebecca Wall / Felix Marlow

Eröffnung der mobilen Forschungswerkstatt zur kooperativen Stadtentwicklung beim KO-Markt des Haus der Statistik am 14. Mai 2022

Inspirador for Possible Cities | Labetek Apung

Image: Foto (Detail): © Labtek Apung

Der Inspirador for Possible Cities ist ein Projekt mit dem Ziel, nachhaltige Städte neu zu denken, indem es inspirierende Beispiele aus mehr als 32 Orten auf der gesamten Welt identifizierte und präsentierte.

Towards a multimodal urban anthropology (DGSKA 2021, workshop)

More-than-human approaches in urban anthropology have convincingly contributed to rethinking the plurality of modes of knowledge, the assemblages and the kinds of actors that constitute our cities. But what do these conceptual interventions do to our ethnographic modes of inquiry?

House of Gossip

Image by Vasylysa Shchogoleva

House of Gossip is an open-source downloadable game that stages and creates the grounds for reflection on conflicts regarding housing and the different viewpoints in a volatile real estate market.

4- 6 players /// Age ~10 – ∞ /// ca. 60 min.

Project / On going

Trash Games: Playing with the Circular Economy at Haus der Materialisierung

Image: Eroeffnung of Haus der Materialisierung, © Raquel Gomez

The project “Trash Games: Playing with the Circular Economy Transition at the HdM” brings together the Chair of Circular Economy and Recycling Technologies (Technische Universität Berlin) and the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) to develop and explore games and game design as formats of

Anthropos und das Ende der Welt

Wie wird die Figur des ‚Anthropos‘ in Zeiten des Anthropozäns problematisiert, hybridisiert und dezentriert, und welche Konsequenzen hat dies für die Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie? 

TOGT’s Hackathon 

Hackathon for the production of three ethnographic games, as part of the MA in ethnography (HU Berlin)’s Studienprojekt “The only game in town? Anthropology and the housing and real estate markets in Berlin”

Technical Democracy as a Challenge for Urban Studies (Co-Ed. Anders Blok)

We engage in particular its provocative diagnosis of the current situation: power no longer resides in the modern institutions of representative democracy and the market economy; instead, power has become a matter of logistics, infrastructures and expertise. This diagnosis, we suggest, brings into view the challenge of technical democracy, that is, the democratization of techno-scientific


Special Issue edited with by Ignacio Farías, Israel Rodríguez und David Rojas Journal of political theory Pléyade, Number 14, December 2014