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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Ignacio Farías

Ignacio’s research focuses on current ecological and infrastructural transformations of cities and the associated challenges to the democratization of city-making.

Julia Valeska Schröder

Julia’s research interests revolve around the phenomenon of “digitalization”, (emancipatory) technopolitics, and the democratization of infrastructural and institutionalized city-making.

Felix Marlow

ZukunftBau Project: Urban Development via Public-Civic-Partnerships

Felix Marlow is interested in how practices of care and solidarity can be supported via urbanist interventions.

Rebecca Wall

ZukunftBau Project: Urban Development via Public-Civic-Partnerships

Rebecca Wall’ interest lies in analyzing and experimenting with methods of representation based on their ability to create political spaces of negotiation in urban practices.

Nona Schulte-Römer


Nona is fascinated by the social life of electromagnetic waves, including 5G and light.

Brett Mommersteeg


Bretts is currently focused on how elusive things and disturbances — noise and vibrations — are registered and contested within different kinds of knowledge practices.

Elisabeth Luggauer


Elisabeth’s work focuses on urban spaces and multispecies relations – she has special interests in multispecies and multimodal ethnography and in southeast European cities.

Margherita Tess

Margherita (they/them) has a mixed background in Japanese studies and environmental sciences and graduated in Cultural Anthropology from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew’s research focuses on the politics of social transformation, most recently exploring the collaborative, ethnographic and political affordances of multisensory and multimodal experimentation.

PhD Students

Hannah Varga

PhD Project: “Beyond Design: An ethnography about the roles of concepts, pedagogies and artistic practices in 21st century architecture”

Nick Förster

PhD Project: “Critical Modeling – the politics of analytical urban infrastructure.”

Tomás Uson

PhD Project: “Remembering Future Disasters: Climate Change, Memory and Anticipation in Ancash, Peru”

Julia Schröder

PhD Project: Digitalisierungspraktiken. „Smart City Berlin“ und die Technopolitik eines konkreten digitalpolitischen Projektes 

Francisco Aguilera

PhD Project: “Die Umgestaltung der Straße als Re-Konfiguration urbaner Gefüge”

Student Assistants

Martin Bäckert

Martin is interested in how anthropological theories and scientific-historical questions can be combined with each other

Paula Granda Ojeda

Ojeda’s current focus lies on critical studies and the transdisciplinary research and work between architecture and other disciplines. 

Nastassja Mrozinski

Stassja’s current research interests include accessibility in academic and artistic practice and multimodality in research and pedagogy.

Associated Researchers & Visiting Scholars

Tomás Criado

I am an anthropologist with specialisation in STS.

Between April 2018 and October 2022, I was Senior Researcher and Director of the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology.

I now work in Barcelona as Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow in the Social Sciences at the Open University of Catalonia’s CareNet-IN3 group.

Jorge Martín


Jorge is an architect, urban designer and researcher working in the interdisciplinary realm among urban studies, political science, social sciences and desig.

Bronwyn Frey

PhD Project: “The Algorithmic Management of Courier Labour: App-Based Food Delivery in Berlin”

Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira

From Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Project Title: A short and dense story of transition: The implemenation of the psychiatric reformist devices from the perspective of it’s daily prac.

Imad Gebrayel

Imad Gebrayel is a Lebanese designer, educator, and researcher based in Berlin. He specialized in identity representation and bilingual visual communication and produced visual and theoretical works around self-Orientalism in Arab* design, counter-mapping, and archiving. After years of experience as a creative director between Abu Dhabi and Beirut, Imad moved to the Netherlands, where he

Petra Beck

I’m an Anthropologist. For several years I worked in the film industry before I studied European Ethnology, Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Since 2022 I’m coordinating the Robert K. Merton Center for Science Studies in Berlin, and teach at the Department of European Ethnology at the University of Vienna.

Former Colleagues

Julio Paulos

PhD Dissertation: “Making Planning Public. On the pursuit of good urbanism and the troubled search for a common world” – Completed 2020

Santiago Orrego

PhD Dissertation: “Mirrors and Labyrinths, Learning from Times Square how to make an urban-STS ethnography” – Completed 2021