Adolfo Estalella

I am an anthropologist with an interest in grassroots urbanism and digital cultures. For the last ten years I have investigated the epistemic transformations taken place in these two domains: the city and the Internet. My two academic fields of reference are the Anthropology of Knowledge and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I have conducted my empirical work in Madrid since 2010, a long ethnography that have explore the intersection between Free Culture (Free Software) and emancipatory practices of grassroots urbanism.

My research on contemporary epistemic transformations operates a recursive gesture in a long standing interest over methodological changes on ethnographic practice. I have explored modes of experimental collaborations in ethnography and the remediation of fieldwork for the case of digital ethnography. As part of these preoccupations I have explored the ethical challenges of academic practices.

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.

I am interested in digital cultures, forms of grassroots urbanism and the methodological innovations in ethnography.

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