DIY Anthropology: Disciplinary knowledge in crisis


This is an account of the transformations in our anthropological practice derived from working in the many interstitial spaces that opened up in the wake of the recent Spanish economic crisis. Ambulating in void spaces of Madrid and Barcelona, our anthropological practice was there re-built in ways that blurred our disciplinary boundaries. What there emerged was anthropology not as a disciplinary field, but as a field of experimental collaborations. A practice that re-learnt its ways treating counterparts as true epistemic partners, and setting up distinct ambiances of care with them: not only to care for one another in situations of great difficulty, but mostly to care for our different forms of inquiry, addressing the very situations we were under. An anthropology done together with others, assembling from scratch a conceptual body, caring for the mundane issues that are very often forgotten and rendered invisible by disciplinary fields: A DIY anthropology?

Author Biographies

Adolfo Estalella, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Profesor ayudante doctor, Departamento de Antropología Social y Psicología Social

Tomás Sánchez Criado, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Senior researcher at the Chair of Urban Anthropology, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

How to Cite
Estalella, A. and Criado, T. (2019) “DIY Anthropology: Disciplinary knowledge in crisis”, Anuac, 8(2), pp. 143-165. doi: 10.7340/anuac2239-625X-3636.
Thematic section: Changing margins and relations within European anthropology