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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Santiago Orrego

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Title: Mirrors and Labyrinths, Learning from Times Square how to make an urban-STS ethnography

Supervisors: Prof. Ignacio Farías and Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Abstract: This research, lying in between Urban Studies and Studies of Science and Technology, is an ethnography of Times Square in New York City and the different controversies that resulted before, during, and after its pedestrianization process in 2009. I went to Times Square to see what kind of semiotic-material resources, strategies, and methods I could get from that place to grasp and represent the location itself. The main question that shaped this process was: what can STS learn from Times Square for doing (urban) ethnography?