Colleex @ EASA 2020

If attending the upcoming EASA 2020 conference in Lisbon, don’t forget to stop by our #Colleex events: A panel, a lab, and members meeting

Convened by Adolfo Estalella & Francisco Martinez | Discussant: AbdouMaliq Simone

This panel aims at discussing how anthropology and the city may engage in a relation of inventive companionship in shared practices of urban speculation about peripheral forms of urbanism and modes of anthropological inquiry.

Convened by Marie Aline Klinger, Lena Heiss, Lilian Krischer, Leonie Schipke and Tan Weigand

In this lab we will explore new ways of thinking anthropological research through games. Participants will have an online game session of “House of Gossip” and discuss the game experience and the potential of games and game design as a multimodal research method in the field of anthropology. 

  • Meeting

We will also host our annual network meeting in which we will discuss ideas for the next interim workshop 2021.  

Picture: Lasnamäe (2013) by Anne Vatén (used with permission)

Colleex network meeting – EASA 2018

The EASA has scheduled our Colleex network meeting during the 2018 conference in Stockholm on Thursday 16 August 19:00-20:30, at SÖ-D315.

All delegates are welcome to attend (both those already involved in the network and those wishing to involve in any future activities).

After the meeting we will move to a bar some 10-15 minutes away from the campus for a get-together.

More details will be available on Wednesday and Thursday, but we hope to see  you there!

Agenda for the meeting

  1. Welcome
  2. Past, present and future activities
    1. Introduction to the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (#Colleex)
    2. Activities: What have we done so far?
      1. Experimental Collaborations (#xcol) book
      2. 1st Colleex workshop in Lisbon
      3. C. Pussetti (Ed.) (2018). Art-based Ethnography: Experimental practices of Fieldwork, special issue of Visual Ethnography, 8(1).
      4. The documentation of ‘open formats
      5. Other collaborations
    3. Who might we be/become? The network as an open space anyone could take and develop into their own kind of project
    4. Membership
      1. The directory and mailing list update
      2. We invite everyone to join
    5. Any other events, publications or projects from members to be announced?
  3. Colleex presence at EASA 2018
    1. Lab: ‘A lab of labs: Documenting Open Formats
    2. Panel: ‘Peripheral wisdom
  4. Planning future events
    1. Inter-conference year workshop 2019: Proposal to host it in Poland by Eva Rossal and Tomasz Rakowski
    2. Other proposals?
    3. Ideas for 2020 EASA Conference (Network panels or Labs)
    4. Anything from your side?
  5. Open discussion
    1. What is this network to you? What could it be? What do we all wish from it? Some potential threads we could open up as questions:
      1. Current digital infrastructure and how it could be upgraded
      2. Sharing news on the mailing list
      3. Working towards a better integration in common projects
    2. Future collaborations – other conferences, or publications, research, other networks to work with, exhibitions, etc.
  6. The peculiarities of the temporary convening team and its management
    1. How we had envisioned the convening cycles (remaining flexible, and open for anyone to step in; keeping the network alive as long as there is an interest in it)
    2. How do we want to deal with convenorship (expanding the convening team, and the different styles of convening)? How to switch cycles (overlaps, sequence, etc.)?
  7. Any other business (All)
  8. Drinks+Dinner (Venue TBA at the meeting)

A Lab of Labs: Documenting open formats – EASA 2018 #colleex lab

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At the next EASA 2018 conference in Stockholm, #Colleex will be convening the ‘lab of labs

Organised by Adolfo Estalella (Universidad Complutense de Madrid); Anna Lisa Ramella (Universität Siegen); Tomás Criado (Humboldt-University of Berlin); and Eeva Berglund (Aalto University), and Mascha Gugganig (Technical University of Munich)

Location SO-F420
Date and Start Time 15 Aug, 2018 at 09:00

Summary (updated version with regards to the one on the programme)*

Let’s explore the experimental, heterodox, imaginative and improvisational world of labs and open formats that get us together. Meetings are one of the fundamental mechanisms for the circulation of academic knowledge. And yet, despite their relevance, in these exchanges we usually resort to the most conventional formats: paper presentations, round tables, etc. This lab has a twofold goal. First, we aim at discussing the relevance of meeting formats as pedagogical spaces for the apprenticeship of ethnographic experimentation. Second, we argue for the need to document these meeting formats so that they may travel, be learnt and reproduced elsewhere.

Hence, this lab is organised in two parts:

i) ‘The Lab is not blah‘, an open discussion foregrounding the value of these formats as ways to experience and share ethnographic practices, along with the need to document them in order for them to become learnable and teachable. Some already produced documentation will be presented, you may find it here.

ii) A hands-on part, where we will propose participants to get involved in documenting some of the labs in the conference (we will approach them for their collaboration in advance). The documentation will be later shared on the Colleex digital platforms.

*  Unfortunately, and due to a conflicting schedule, the Postcards and Ethnography format by Mascha Gugganig (with which we were planning to experiment) will not be taking place.

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