Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology (Profesor Ayudante Doctor), Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology, Faculty of Sociology and Political Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). email: jestalel [at] ucm.es
I am an anthropologist with an interest in grassroots urbanism and digital cultures. I have investigated the epistemic transformations of our contemporary taken place in two empirical domains: the city and the Internet. My investigation explores the emergence of new forms of ‘wild research’ promoted by urban grassroots. My work contributes to understand the epistemic practices of these movements, offering insights about their experimental ethos.
My second research line explores and intervenes on the epistemic transformations of anthropological modes of inquiry. I have carried out a sustained exploration of the modes of experimental collaboration in anthropology. Part of this long standing interest is my work on digital ethnography and the ethical challenges of academic practices.
Anthropology of Knowledge and Science and Technology Studies (STS) are my main disciplinary fields. I have carried out my ethnographies in Madrid between 2010-2015, investigating the intersection between Free Culture/Free Software and auto-constructing practices.
I am affiliated to the Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology at the Madrid Complutense University (Spain). I have worked for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester and the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.