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.



Subscribe for the mailing list

Social networks

An Hommage at the Institute of European Ethnology

Missing Latour

I never met Latour and, yet here I am, paying a tribute to his work, trying to express the meaning of his premature death, to map the scope of the loss. I missed to meet him when he was alive, and I miss him now, concerned as I am about how to think the contemporary. 

Project / On going

Video Release: Sensing and making sense of cities as wave fields: A multimodal guided bus tour through “hot spots” in Madrid

A little bit more than a year ago, on the 8th of July 2022, more than 50 STS-scholars attending the European Association of Science and Technology Studies (EASST) conference in Madrid participated in a three-hour “thermodynamic” bus ride organised by the WAVEMATTERS-team. On this bus ride, Jos Temprano and Victor Rovira, a local team of a filmmaker and a soundrecordist, joined us and together we produced this video of the ride through heat.

Illustrating Research

The Stadtlabor invites to the second event in the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology’s Event Series for the Summer Semester 2023:

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. Click through for more information.

Fieldwork: In search of 5G waves in Brussels

The “Urban Vibrations” research team has now set out for fieldwork in Europe and the USA. Here, we share some insights from Brussels, where EU policy makers promote 5G innovation while citizens demonstrate against ‘smart communities’. 

Multimodal Anthropology

Summer 2023 Event Series

The Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology invites to three public events during the Summer Semester 2023.

Film Screening and Discussion

Homage: In Conversation with Latour

An event for Latour

A Film Screening and Discussion with invited guests on the legacy of Latour. This is a joint event by the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology and the Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations laboratory at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, HU-Berlin.

IfEE Institutskolloquium SoSe22

Ageing Cities

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.

EASST2022 in Madrid

Conference Panel: Doing Airborne Exposure

In our team’s first jointly organised conference panel in Madrid in early July we explored, with colleagues from all over Europe, Canada and Chile, how devices, knowledges and practices for feeling, sensing, making sense of and regulating potential harm borne from the air.

Multimodal Project Fund

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?

Student fund

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 other matters.

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.

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