Peripheral Wisdom – EASA 2018 #colleex panel

Dear #Colleex,
Please consider submitting a paper proposal to our network’s panel at this year’s EASA18 in Stockholm.


Peripheral wisdom


Francisco Martínez (Aalto University), Lili Di Puppo (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow/Russia), and Martin Demant Frederiksen (University of Copenhagen)


Jamie Saris (Maynooth University)


This panel is an invitation to rethink how fringeness can be incorporated into ethnographic research as a generative condition, as well as an edgy methodology and conceptual framing for knowledge production. We draw on the assumption that peripherality is not only a space in the making or a marginal condition, but also a form of making theory and a mode of attention that is change oriented, thinking-doing (Simone 2010; Roy 2011); .

In anthropological studies, peripheries and margins are presented as imbued with a sense of ambiguity, and often as being misinterpreted by a centre or hidden in the process through which things are made to seem clear, bounded and fixed (Green 2005). A focus on peripherality gives us access to those people, practices and affects that are out of the dominant scope of vision (Khalvashi 2013), revealing complex dependencies that reach both ways – to and from centers and margins. Moreover, peripheries may be seen as grey zones in which the fantasy realm finds its physical location (Scott 2000), or as spaces of marginalia, ex-centricity and renewal (Stewart 1996). Yet the peripheral can also be seen as an invitation to stay with unknowability and make space for it; finding a language to write the invisible (Mittermaier 2017).

Thus the panel approaches peripherality not as framed in exclusively geographical terms, but rather as situated at the edge of dominant paradigms. We invite papers that explore how peripheries, and peripheral wisdom, challenge established hierarchies, showing a distinct form of reflexivity and experimentation.



IMAGE CREDITS: Picture taken from Jon Rafman’s 9-eyes project


Allegra Lab – #Colleex thematic thread

Last week we published a series of #Colleex blog posts at Allegra Lab.

Ethnographic experimentation‘ is the topic we explore in the six posts of this thematic thread whose publication evolved from the first workshop held by the new EASA network #Colleex (‘Ethnographic Experimentation. Fieldwork Devices and Companions’, 13th–15th July 2017, Jardim Botânico Tropical, Lisbon’).

We would like to accompany the debate we sought to open up in Lisbon with this publication in Allegra’s digital platform, an association that has supported our venture since its very beginnings.

Hope you enjoy them, and if so please forward them to anyone potentially interested!

1. Ethnographic experimentation: Other tales of the field | Adolfo Estalella & Tomás Criado
Ethnographic experimentation refers to an ethnographic modality where anthropologists venture into the collaborative production of venues for knowledge creation that turn the field into a site for the construction of joint anthropological problematizations.
2. ‘Devicing’ fieldwork | Tomás Criado & Adolfo Estalella
Collaboration is an epistemic figure resulting from the careful craft of articulating inventive shared modes of doing together with our companions in the field. The field turns into a site for the construction of joint problematizations.
Researching with social movements (environmental activism, makerspaces) brings ethnography’s nuanced, embodied and collective sense-making to the fore. I also argue that anthropological research within academia is important in its own right.
4. Experimenting with Stories | Rasmus Rodineliussen
Stories are a venue for experimentation and research, they tell about, define, create, and interact with social realities. Therefore they are important to include in analysis, and in order to do so the researcher must be open-minded and confront these stories with a toolkit of methodologies.
A re-description of my two-fold engagement as ethnographer-cum-documenter in the activist design collective En torno a la silla. Highlighting the importance of note-taking as a ‘fieldwork device’ for the problematizing and relating in the field.
Using participation in a collective online experiment with Twitter as a springboard, I interrogate the tweet as a fieldnote. How do the temporalities of tweeting intersect with disciplinary understandings and imaginings of “field time”, and how might we address fraught question of audiences, transparency and visibility brought about by tweeting from the field?

1st Colleex workshop – Live tweets of the event

Live tweets of ‘Ethnographic Experimentation: Fieldwork Devices and Companions’, First Workshop of the #Colleex Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation, an @EASAinfo network | 13th–15th July 2017, Jardim Botânico Tropical, Lisbon




1st Colleex Workshop – Draft Programme

Dear #Colleex,

Thank you for your patience, you’ll be pleased to find here a PDF version of the draft programme for the Ethnographic Experimentation workshop in Lisbon, containing not only a schedule, but also the distribution of:  (a) paper sessions with abstracts; and (b) the open formats (Audiovisuals, exhibitions, open formats, and permanent activities) and their abstracts).

It will be a packed three days as you will see, with paper sessions and formats/interventions mingling with each other. The entire event will take place within Lisbon’s Jardim Botânico Tropical. Hopefully accommodation issues are gradually sorting themselves out. Here is the link to the info again.

We will send separate emails to paper givers and format organizers with more details by June 12th and generally do what we can to help you make the best of the event.

A quick reminder: papers should be 3000 to 4000 words long, and submitted to us by June 15th so they can be pre-circulated.

We hope we won’t be altering any of it very much, though we realize that there may have to be some unavoidable changes so please let us know if we have made a mistake somewhere.

 To assist with quickly finalizing the programme, please confirm your participation by registering on eventbrite by 2nd June 8th June (use the ‘Participant Registration’ tab)

Details of possible provided lunches, exact venues and the social event will be provided later.

Once participation has been confirmed, we will convert the provisional programme into a more definitive one.

All the best,

The organizing committee

1st Colleex workshop: Accommodation and practical info in Lisbon

Dear Colleex

For those of you attending the First Colleex Workshop in Lisbon, we’d like to share a few tips allowing you to organize your trip. We’d recommend  to do it ASAP.


The workshop will start on Thursday 13th July before lunch, and continue to Saturday 15th July until 16.00. There will be an informal get-together on the Wednesday evening (12th) for those already in Lisbon.

We hope you can stay for the whole duration of the workshop. The organisation will try to arrange lunch for everyone each day. Each colleex will have to arrange his/her breakfasts and dinners, though.


Please note that July is high season in Lisbon and accommodation demand is very highWe have two suggestions for accommodation in the Belém area (where the Jardim Tropical is located):

1) Terrace Hostel

A number of double rooms and beds in shared dorms are being held especially for the workshop in the Terrace Hostel 

Workshop participants can book by specifying “ICS- Institute of Social Sciences” in their email booking. Hostel staff will then group participants into rooms unless you specify that you want a double room for a slightly higher price. Prices are as follow:

Rates per night:

– double room: 55€

– twin room: 55€

– twin room in bunkbeds: 50€

– room for 8 people: 19€ per bed

– room for 6 people: 21€ per bed

– room for 4 people: 24€ per bed

All rooms have a shared bathroom.

Terrace Hostel offers a fully equipped kitchen, free wi-fi internet in all the rooms, cable TV, DVD’s, books and security lockers.

To get the special price, the hostel suggest to book through the link you find in their website (the offer does not work with or AirBnb), and payment can be done via bank transfer. Please note that this offer is only valid until the 10th of May.

2) The Pensão Residencial Setubalense

The Pensão is also reserving rooms for workshop participants until the 15th of June. Prices are as follow:

Rates per night:

– single room: 46€ + 1€ tourist tax

– double room: 53€ + 2€ tourist tax

– triple room: 68€ + 3€ tourist tax

You can book the room through this link specifying that your reservation is for the ICS – Institute of Social Sciences conference.


We will set up a google doc/excel sheet to help you find roommates in case you want to share a room. You can fill in your own details and communicate with everyone else in the workshop using this documentYou can also use the document in case you’d prefer to make other accommodation arrangements.


Belém  is the southwesternmost civil parish of the municipality of Lisbon. Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus, it is located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of the city centre and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge). Many of Portugal’s distinctive buildings and landmarks are located in this area, including the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Beside, Belém also hosts several of the most interesting museums of the city: the newest Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), the  Museum Berardo (contemporary art), the Museum of Ethnology, the National Museum of Archaeology, the Coaches Museum.

There are several buses that go to the city center (15E, 714, 728) and the train takes you to central Station Cais do Sodre in less than 10 minutes. For those who enjoy long walks you can reach the city centre through a pedestrian and cycling path by the river.

Lisbon practical information

Jardim Botânico Tropical

Lisbon Airport

Lisbon Airport, practical info

Lisbon Metro | Map (PDF)

Public transportation, info


Lisbon does not love…


Image Credits Olivais, Lisboa CC BY

Colleex workshop venue: Jardim Botânico Tropical (Lisbon)

The first Colleex meeting will be held in the Tropical Botanic Garden of Lisbon located in Belem, an iconic neighbourhood that encapsulates the legacy of Portuguese colonial history. In recent years, the garden underwent a process of renovation and monumentalization as an artistic and cultural heritage site, aimed at promoting scientific culture and heritage preservation on tropical science and the history of Portuguese science and technology. Its colonial legacy is a controversial aspect of this renewed institutional interest.

Ethnographic Experimentation, Colleex Workshop CFP and venue description (PDF)

Continue reading Colleex workshop venue: Jardim Botânico Tropical (Lisbon)

Ethnographic Experimentation. 1st Colleex workshop

Ethnographic Experimentation
Fieldwork Devices and Companions

13th–15th July 2017, Jardim Botânico Tropical, Lisbon

First International Workshop of the #Colleex
Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation, an EASA network

Deadline extended: Friday 24 March

Call for papers

“Fieldwork is not what it used to be” (Faubion and Marcus, 2009). The investigation of previously ignored social domains and the incorporation of new sensibilities beyond its typically verbal or visual conventions, have expanded ethnography: Anthropologists now engage in novel forms of relationship and intervention, and enter into heterodox exchanges with other disciplines like arts and design. The invocation of experimentation in fieldwork is part of this widened exploration of ethnographic modalities that reshape the norm and form of fieldwork.

Ethnographic Experimentation, Colleex Workshop CFP (PDF) Continue reading Ethnographic Experimentation. 1st Colleex workshop

Background of Colleex network

The #Colleex network emerged out of collaborations and engagements opened up by a series of events since 2013, both in the EASA conferences and elsewhere in which a number of anthropologists and other professionals (like artist, architects, etc.) evinced their interest in pushing the limits of conventional forms of anthropological fieldwork. The events not only made visible these concerns but experimented with the appropriate pedagogical formats and academic venues to undertake the discussion of this topic. Some participants in the network have taken part in the process of editing the forthcoming book as part of the Berghahn’s EASA Book Series: Experimental collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork Devices.

These are some of the events that led to the creation of the network:

Anthropologies of collective design experiments

Ethnography as collaboration/experiment

CLEENIK: clinic of anthropological ethnographic experiments in fieldwork

Experimental collaborations. Anthropological engagements with art, activism and technoscience.