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    Informal
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    Autoconstruction
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    Libre
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    Open Source
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Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Alberto Corsín Jiménez

PhD Social Anthropology (University of Oxford), MSc Social Anthropology (London School of Economics and Political Science).

I am an anthropologist – of cities, science, and traps. Yes, you read correctly: traps.

As an anthropologist of cities I am particularly interested in informal, guerrilla and frontier urban processes in Latin America and Europe. For the past ten years years I have been studying the work of “free culture” urban activism. I am interested in how such expressions of “free urbanism” compare with other accounts of informality in the city (auto-construction, makeshift urbanism, slum urbanism, etc.), as well as in the socio-technical assemblages through which such free and open-source projects problematize anew forms of urban complexity.

I have also an interest in the history and ethnography of science and experimentation. In particular, I have been drawn to the study of ‘interfaces’, understood as technical and experimental designs between nature and culture. I have studied in this context the development of open-source prototypes (linked to my interest in free culture activism). But I have also developed an interest in the comparative anthropology of traps, perhaps the paradigmatic technology of nature-culture encounters.

I am Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of the History of Science at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid.

I am Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of the History of Science at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid.

Adolfo Estalella

Adolfo Estalella

I am an anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). My two fields of research are Anthropology of Knowledge and Science and Technology Studies (STS). My recent work is focused in the study of digital cultures and forms of grassroots urbanism. I am interested in civic projects and activist initiatives that intervene in the city, more specifically I investigate two aspects of this forms of urban experimentation: the material infrastructures mobilized to refurnishing the public space and the epistemic practices and learning contexts through which knowledge circulates. Two other topics of my interest are the methodological innovations of ethnography and research ethics.

Teresa Tiburcio

Teresa Tiburcio

I am a doctoral student in the Information Society and Knowledge program at the Open University of Catalunya and a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I graduated in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, where I also earned a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. During my years at university I had the opportunity to enjoy academic stays at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo (Brazil). Thanks to my experience as a journalist for NGOs and public institutions and my deep academic interest in Anthropology, I decided to combine both disciplines by pursuing a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. My thesis examined virtual platforms of solidarity and mutual support built by Spanish immigrants in Berlin. My main areas of interest are digital and media anthropology, urban social movements, and methodological innovations in the social sciences, and their potential applicability in social reality.

Candela Morado

Candela Morado

Candela Morado is a PhD student at the Spanish National Research Council.
Architect by the Technical University of Madrid and Sociocultural Anthropologist by the Complutense University of Madrid. She specialized in Urban and Territorial Planning by doing a Masters degree at the Technical University of Madrid. During her studies, she combined professional experiences in several architecture and urban planning offices with academic experiences at the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), the UNAM (México), the CEPT University of Ahmedabad (India) and the Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).

Her areas of interest stand at the crossroad of critical urbanism, anthropology, STS and gender studies.