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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Uncommoning the city

We are on the verge of sharing our cities with autonomous vehicles. Recent developments in driverless technologies are having an impact on our urban environment, raising questions about how self-driving vehicles could be integrated into our daily lives.


We are on the verge of sharing our cities with autonomous vehicles. Recent developments in driverless technologies are having an impact on our urban environment, raising questions about how self-driving vehicles could be integrated into our daily lives. Automotive and technological industries are not only developing the vehicles but also envisioning the future of our cities, a future where streets have seamlessly integrated driverless technologies and humans wander about, unconcerned by the presence of new automated machines circulating at high speeds through public space. These visions skip to a distant time and ignore the issues that these vehicles raise in the immediate future.

In response to such an oversight, this essay and the accompanying meditations explore the conflicts soon to be unleashed by this new technology and the transformation of our streets it will trigger. The current implementations of driverless technology, which are fast and disruptive, do not suggest an eventual integrated urban solution. Yet this book allows us to imagine how humans and cars might collectively influence the urban environment.

– Criado, Tomás (2021): Uncommoning the city, in: Fernández-Abascal, G. / Grau, U. (Eds.), Learning to Live Together: Cars, Humans, and Kerbs in Solidarity, pp. 123-130.

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Multimodale Werte: Zur Institutionalisierung mehr-als-textueller Ethnographie

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Multimodal Values: The Challenge of Institutionalizing and Evaluating More- than-textual Ethnography

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Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography through fieldwork devices (edited book)

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Ensamblajes peatonales: Los andares a ciegas como prácticas tecno-sensoriales

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Civilising technologies for an ageing society? The performativity of participatory methods in Socio-gerontechnology

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Acompañantes epistémicos: la invención de la colaboración etnográfica

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Anthropology as a Careful Design Practice?

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DIY Anthropology: Disciplinary knowledge in crisis

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"The lady is not here:" Repairing Tita Meme as a telecare user

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Care in Trouble: Ecologies of Support from Below and Beyond

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Erfahren: Experimente mit technischer Demokratie in Entwurfskursen

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Technologies of friendship: Accessibility politics in the ‘how to’ mode

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Re-learning Design: Pedagogical Experiments with STS in Design Studio Courses

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