Adolfo Estalella

Adolfo Estalella
Spanish National Research Council | CSIC

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Este proyecto partía de una amplia reflexión en décadas recientes sobre la ética de la investigación en ciencias sociales. De manera específica la posibilidad de abordar la ética de la investigación como un espacio de discusión y aprendizaje conjunto (AAA, 2009). En lugar de un domino normativo, la ética de la investigación se plantea desde esta pe...
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Digital worlds have posed anthropologists for the last two decades a whole set of methodological challenges that according to the traditional tale of the field has forced ethnography to adapt, transform or renew. In this paper I reframe this question to argue that the key issue when we study digital worlds is not just how to proceed but how to find...
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In the accounts compiled in this book, ethnography occurs through processes of material and social interventions that turn the field into a site for epistemic collaboration. Through creative interventions that unfold what we term as “fieldwork devices”-such as coproduced books, the circulation of repurposed data, co-organized events, authorization...
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Los mundos digitales han planteado a lo largo de las últimas dos décadas toda una serie de desafíos metodológicos que, según la descripción habitual, obligan a la etnografía a adaptarse, transformarse o renovarse. En este artículo reformulo la cuestión del encuentro entre la etnografía con lo digital en otros términos, para argumentar que lo que es...
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This essay describes the complex negotiations around stranger sociability, public space, and democratic knowledge that shaped the meetings of popular assemblies in the wake of the Spanish 15M/Occupy movement. The work of assembling was 'exhausting', by which participants would mean two things. In one sense, meetings would often turn into tiresome a...
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This is a manual instructions for a form of urbanism aimed at composing a different city. An urbanism that is not understood as a discipline responsible for the planning of the city but as a particular form of inhabiting the city, one that is concerned with urban issues. This is a guide to navigate a difficult line that goes between an unfortunate...
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What form would an ethnographic experimentation exercise take in fieldwork? Ethnographies studying new media, science and global organizations in recent decades offer the chance, or, indeed, present the need, to reconsider norms and forms in ethnographic fieldwork. Based on our ethnographic experience, this article discusses what we define as exper...
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The article describes a long-term collaboration with a variety of free culture activists in Madrid: digital artists, software developers and guerrilla architectural collectives. Coming of age as Spain walked into the abyss of the economic crisis, we describe how we re-functioned our ethnographic project into a ‘prototype’. We borrow the notion of p...
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Through an ironic reflection put forward in a public performance, this paper seeks to unfold an argument around what we call “experimental collaborations”: an exploration with the aim to expand the call to experimentation with writing, opened up in anthropology in the 1990s, to a new locus: namely, fieldwork. We believe that such a displacement res...
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Research methods in the social sciences has a history of intense development during the twentieth century. The historical accounts that describe the invention of interview methods, survey techniques, and modern ethnography have demonstrated that social researchers and scholars have exerted great effort in aid of their development. In the twenty-fir...
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This position article argues in favour of a research programme for the exploration of experimental collaborations, a methodological approach whose epistemic engagement with the empirical work is experimental and whose relational mode is collaborative. Digital technologies have effected a process of redistribution of social science research by which...
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This contribution to the Common Knowledge symposium “Fuzzy Studies” reports on the rise of the “popular assemblies” movement that swept the streets of Madrid in the wake of the May 15, 2011, occupation of Puerta del Sol. Assemblies have since taken installation in public spaces as infrastructural with significant methodological implications. Their...
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The Occupy movement in Spain, locally known as the May 15 movement (15M), singularly developed throughout 2011 into a network of local neighborhood “popular assemblies.” Over one hundred assemblies cropped up in Madrid alone. This article explores the conceptual and infrastructural work invested by the assemblies in the production of a particular e...
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The Occupy movement in Spain, locally known as the May 15 movement (15M), singularly developed throughout 2011 into a network of local neighborhood "popular assemblies."Over one hundred assemblies cropped up in Madrid alone. This article explores the conceptual and infrastructural work invested by the assemblies in the production of a particular ex...
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What would a 'free knowledge bank' look like if it were to be designed as an architectural object? The challenge was posed by El Ranchito, a curatorial project based at Madrid's contemporary art centre, Matadero, to the art and architectural collective Zoohaus in 2011. The project aimed to turn into a 3-D model (hereafter known as the Offfficina) a...
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El movimiento 15M se extendió desde su nacimiento por las plazas de Madrid y otras ciudades de España a través de asambleas populares. Estas constituyen el método y la forma del ejercicio político que el 15M despliega en el espacio público urbano. Organizadas a través de una precisa metodología, las asambleas al aire constituyen un ejercicio de ocu...
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El espacio público urbano, las creaciones digitales o el aire, objetos cuya propiedad se pensaba tradicionalmente desde la lógica dicotómica de lo público y lo privado han comenzado a ser considerados como un procomún. Un concepto antiguo recuperado con intensidad en la última década que hace referencia a recursos y bienes colectivos, cuyo régimen...
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Internet and Digital Technologies EverywhereFrom Virtual to Connective EthnographiesExperiencing Technology in Everyday EthnographyEthnography: Fundamentals and TransformationsReferences
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An important feature of e-research is the increased mediation of research practices, which changes not only the objects and tools of research, but also the relation between researcher and object, between researchers, and between researchers and their constituencies and stakeholders. This article focuses on the ethical aspects of e-research by analy...
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The article reports on the street protests that took over Spanish cities earlier in May and June. The protests have been explained as a response on the part of new media democratic networks to the governance of the economic crises by corrupt political and financial classes. We offer here a tentative chronology of the events, and essay instead an ar...
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La incorporación progresiva de internet y las tecnologías digitales en las prácticas investigadoras de los científicos sociales va acompañada de toda una serie de expectativas de revolución de la ciencia. Sin celebrar acríticamente estos discursos ni minimizarlos, y siguiendo la tradición de análisis de los estudios sociales de la ciencia y la tecn...
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Current approaches in the ethnographic study of the Internet are diverse; the proliferation of proposals has been numerous in recent years. The methodological approach of virtual ethnography has been broadened and reformulated through new proposals such as digital ethnography, ethnography on/of/through the Internet, connective ethnography, networke...
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This article reflects openly on the decisions that researchers have to deal with when undertaking qualitative research, especially ethnography, on the Internet. Our argument takes as starting point the ethical guidelines already developed for human subject research, and the way Internet researchers have tried to adapt these guidelines to their fiel...
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El presente estudio es el resultado de la investigación etnográfica de un weblog colaborativo. Un entorno abierto a la participación y libre expresión de cualquier usuario. La comunidad tiene como objetivo la producción de noticias significativas, para lo cual recurre a un sistema colectivo de filtrado de la información que sirve para jerarquizar l...
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La presente investigación es el resultado de la etnografía virtual en una comunidad colaborativa reunida en torno a un weblog (bitácora). Se ha realizado desde el marco teórico de los estudios sobre la construcción social de la tecnología mediante un análisis que prescinde de cualquier distinción a priori entre la categoría de lo social y lo tecnol...
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La blogosfera es un espacio abierto. Cualquiera puede participar, pero no todos tienen la misma visibilidad. A través del uso cotidiano que los autores de blogs hacen de los hiperenlaces emerge una jerarquía de visibilidad que funciona como un sistema de filtrado según el cual lo más relevante es lo más visible. Este mecanismo de selección de la in...
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ResumenIdioma Las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (TIC) han supuesto para la antropología la aparición de nuevos objetos de estudio. Los antropólogos y las antropólogas han comenzado a indagar en el uso de cámaras digitales en la vida cotidiana, la participación del teléfono móvil en la gestión de las relaciones sociales o el desarr...
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Dieser Aufsatz stellt Überlegungen zu den ethischen Entscheidungen vor, die wir in der Internetforschung treffen, insbesondere in der Ethnografie. Ausgehend von den Ethikrichtlinien, die für die (naturwissenschaftliche) Forschung am Menschen entwickelt worden sind, betrachten wir bereits existierende Lösungen, welche diese allgemeinen Leitlinien an...

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Urbanisms in Beta aims to develop a new perspective on informal and grassroots urbanism through the comparative study of four cities in Latin America and Europe. Our opening gambit is straightforward: Auto-construction offers a new paradigm for understanding the politics of the contemporary city. Why auto-construction? From do-it-yourself urban designs to makeshift urban encampments, from community architectural projects to open-source urban infrastructures, auto-construction emerges as a space of epistemic overflow, where technical, environmental and political relations fly below the radar of market and state practices, or generate unsuspected and yet productive displacements and reconfigurations between them. The nature of open-source projects in particular – licenses, technical designs, collaborative infrastructures, systems of apprenticeships – opens-up new avenues and insights for thinking about auto-construction as a comparative framework. The open-ended nature of these social and infrastructural assemblages models a conception of the urban as an ‘ecology in beta’ that eludes and confounds existing epistemic, technical and governmental regimes. Urbanisms in beta central hypothesis revolves around this notion of ‘ecologies in beta’ and postulates that understanding the political dynamics of contemporary cities demands a correlative understanding of how people and infrastructures modulate each other as open and experimental design systems. In other words, we wish to apply insights from the comparative study of open-source and auto-construction projects towards an understanding of how cities function as epistemic cultures more generally. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork and the systematic comparison of auto-construction projects in Madrid and various Latin American cities, Urbanisms in beta aims to produce an unprecedented exploration of the different epistemic cultures that underwrite the making of urban ecologies today.