Adolfo Estalella

Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology, Faculty of Sociology and Political Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). email: jestalel [at]

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 contestation of traditional knowledge institutions and the emergence of new forms of research promoted by civic associations and activists movement in urban contexts. I am interested in the documentation technologies, forms of social organization and aesthetics dimension of knowledge representation among these collectives.

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.

My research on contemporary epistemic transformations operates a recursive gesture over my own practices. It means that I am interested in the methodological dimension of ethnographic practice. I have a long standing interest on digital ethnography and modes of experimental collaborations. Part of these preoccupations is my interest on the ethical challenges of academic practices.

I am affiliated to the Department of Social Anthropology and Social Psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (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.