Call for Inventions 1.0: Field Devices – xcol, an ethnographic inventory

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Tomás Sánchez Criado

Nov 8, 2021, 2:18:13 PM11/8/21
Dear all,

We hope you may find of interest this call for contributions for xcol, an ethnographic inventory ( a curated open-source digital archive seeking to document and display the endless invention integral to any ethnographic inquiry. 

The inventiveness that permeates the modes of anthropological inquiry takes expression in very different socio-material techniques: ranging from digital infrastructures used in fieldwork to novel modes of documenting through drawing or very diverse forms of relationality. We call these field devices, for they devise the socio-spatial and material conditions of fieldwork.

In our first Call for Inventions (CfI) we are particularly aiming to inventory accounts of ‘field devices’: the inventive social and material arrangements undertaken, created, made or repurposed in the course of doing fieldwork with others.

We are enclosing the longer text of the call as a PDF, including more information on the platform as well as an example. But you could also check it online here: 

What we have in mind are texts of at least 2000 words accounting for these field devices in at least two senses: (1) fleshing out the context as well as the social and material arrangements of particular ‘field devices’ as they are put into practice in empirical situations; and (2) hinting at the particular modes of ethnographic inquiry they enable or make emerge. 

For this first call we would like to receive fully-fledged proposals for these pieces by February 18, 2022. 

If you wanted to submit or discuss an individual contribution, please do not hesitate to contact us here: 

Kind regards,

Adolfo Estalella & Tomás Criado

Curators of xcol, an ethnographic inventory 

xcol- Call for Inventions - Field devices.pdf
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