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The values of multimodal projects (26.1 & 9.2.2022) - Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology's Online Seminar Series

Dear all,

In the next weeks, the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology is organising a series of online events called "The values of multimodal projects=E2=80= =9D

In this Winter Semester's 21-22 Stadtlabor Online Seminar Series, we aim to invite ground-breaking anthropological projects where multimodality features not just as an add-on of particular inquiries, but as a central mode of research and intervention.

At a time where the conversation around =E2=80=98multimodality=E2=80=99 is = gaining momentum in anthropology and other ethnographically-inspired forms of social research, we aim to discuss =E2=80=98the values=E2=80=99 of multimodal proj= ects. By this, we mean two main things: The aim of our series would not just be to find the conditions to praise (=E2=80=98valorise=E2=80=99), but also to appraise= (=E2=80=98evaluate=E2=80=99) multimodal projects. In a nutshell, we want this event series to be an attempt at creating the conceptual grounds for evaluating and institutionalising multimodal endeavours. Hence, to foster multimodal productions.

In particular, we wish to discuss the anthropological value of (i) dramaturgical / performance interventions, and anthropological approaches to (ii) exhibiting and curating. In opening up this space, we seek to highlight projects that we take as valuable contributions: not only to make them more visible but also so that these projects could help us in articulating their multimodal values, as well as inspiring others in their own work.

Not only we want to be able to learn from concrete multimodal approaches = =E2=80=93 the peculiarity of the media employed, the reasons for their choices =E2=80= =93 but we wish to create the grounds for a detailed conversation between projects of the same kind, touching upon criteria of anthropological worth.

All information about the events, as well as the zoom links can be accessed here:

If you could help us spread the world we=E2=80=99d be immensely grateful.


26.1.22 (3-5:30pm CET) =E2=80=93 How to exhibit anthropologically? (Zoom link )

  1. Francisco Mart=C3=ADnez: How to Make Ethnographic Research with Exhibiti= ons Francisco Mart=C3=ADnez is an anthropologist dealing with contemporary issu= es of material culture through ethnographic experiments. In 2018, he was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Currently, he works as Associate Professor at Tallinn University and convenes the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (EASA Network). Francisco has published two monographs =E2=80=93 Ethnograph= ic Experiments with Artists, Designers and Boundary Objects (UCL Press, 2021) and Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia (UCL Press, 2018). He has also edited several books, including Peripheral Methodologies (Routledge, 2021); Politics of Recuperation in Post-Crisis Portugal (Bloomsbury, 2020), and Repair, Brokenness, Breakthrough (Berghahn, 2019), He has also curated different exhibitions =E2=80=93 including =E2=80=98Objects of Attention=E2=80=99 (Est= onian Museum of Applied Art & Design, 2019), and =E2=80=98Life in Decline=E2=80=99 (Estonian Mining= Museum, 2021).

  2. Manuela Bojad=C5=BEijev: Archive of Refuge Manuela Bojad=C5=BEijev, professor at the Institute for European Ethnology = (HU Berlin) together with the publicist Carolin Emcke and in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), have created the Archive of Refuge as a digital place of remembrance where stories of flight and expulsion to Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries are preserved and reflected upon. The people who tell their stories in the archive tell of flight and expulsion, of torture, exploitation and deprivation of rights, but also of hope and happiness; they tell of home and exile, of belonging and new beginnings - and ultimately also show surprising, far-reaching perspectives on German history. The archive asks: What does it actually mean to seek refuge?

9.2.22 (2:30-5pm CET) =E2=80=93 How to stage issues anthropologically? (Zoom link )

  1. Cristiana Giordano & Greg Pierotti: Affect Theater: Collaborations between Anthropology and Performance Cristiana Giordano is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Her book, Migrants in Translation. Caring and the Logics of Difference in Contemporary Italy (2014), won the Victor Turner Book Prize for ethnographic writing (2016), and the Boyer Prize in Psychoanalytic Anthropology (2017). Her current research investigates new ways of rendering ethnographic material into artistic forms. She has been collaborating with playwright and director Greg Pierotti on a new methodology, Affect Theater, at the intersection of the social sciences and performance. They have created Unstories and and Unstor= ies II (roaming), two 50-minute performances around the current =E2=80=9Crefuge= e crisis=E2=80=9D in Europe. Greg Pierotti is a theater artist and assistant professor of theater studies at University of Arizona. His plays, including Unstories, b more, T= he Laramie Project, and The People=E2=80=99s Temple, have been seen in venues = around the world and translated into over a dozen languages. He is a recipient of the Humanitas Prize, the Will Glickman Award, the San Francisco Critics Award, and has been nominated for an Emmy, a New York Drama Desk Award, and the Alpert Award for outstanding individual contribution to the theater. He and Cristiana Giordano investigate the intersection of ethnographic and theatrical research and production methods.

  2. AnthropoScenes: Linking participatory methods with theatre to imagine sustainable futures The Project AnthropoScenes is run by a group of people from interdisciplina= ry human-environment research and the Theatre of the Anthropocene . Competences reach from hard science to pop-up theatre. We aim to involve diverse publics in debates about water futures and bring two questions: Can multimodality help to balance divergent logics of science and theatre? What are tips and tricks to move beyond the usual suspects? J=C3=B6rg Niew=C3=B6= hner (anthropology), Pauline M=C3=BCnch (science communication) and Frank Raddat= z (theatre) will represent the team.


Kind regards,

Tom=C3=A1s Criado, on behalf of the Stadtlabor team

Dr Tom=C3=A1s S=C3=A1nchez Criado

Senior researcher at the Chair of Urban Anthropology =C2=B7 Director of the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology =C2=B7 Acade= mic coordinator of the Erasmus+ IfEE office (outgoings)

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