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Anthropologies of Technique / Techniques of Anthropology: Final student workshops

Ethnographers have to evolve their methods while investigating other people’s artful practices. How to make sense of other ways of making?

Contemporary multimodal ethnographic approaches are deeply rooted in fieldwork interactions with other knowing and making communities. Describing and theorizing making practices contributes to triggering new interests in material cultures. It also branches out to further studies on embodiment and on the techniques of the self. Telling better stories of making means sharpening our techniques for storytelling, experimenting with new media, and probing other ways of entering into collaboration with epistemic partners.

During the summer semester of 2023, we engaged in four collective fieldworks around technical activities: pottery, boomerang making, 3D sketching, and Iyengar yoga. We experimented with various ways to share the ethnographic experiences of “making” practices into text, drawings, workshops, and virtual installations. Students have also actively explored one technique of their choice during the course and documented their practice with a fieldwork notebook, using various techniques such as writing, sketching, 360° captures, etc.

Together on 14.07.2023, we will share our findings with the public in workshop formats, during which students will share their insights, their journals, and their newly acquired practices.

This seminar was taught by Prof. Sharon Macdonald and Dr. Maxime Le Calvé at the Helmholz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, part of the curriculum of the Master programme “Ethnography” at the Institute für Europeäische Ethnographie (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).


WARP – Werkstatt für kulturelle Ausdrucksweisen und Recherche in der Praxis

WARP – Werkstatt für kulturelle Ausdrucksweisen und Recherche in der Praxis – addresses the relations and linkages of knowledge in research on material culture, curation, technology, and art through lectures and workshops.

When: Wednesdays 4.00 – 5.30 p.m. (CET)
Where: Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Campus North – House 3, Philippstr. 13, 10115 Berlin and digital on


SoSe 2023 Programme

26. April: 2 p.m. TAT DAOULA I sheen Exhibition tour with one of the co-curators, Laurence Douny (HU Berlin), and a talk at 4 p.m. by Patricia Alvarez Astacio (Brandeis University) – ‘Weaving Alpaca Wool, Ethics and Indigeneity in Ethical Fashions’ (in person only)

03. May: Yoonha Kim (HU Berlin) – ‘Wearing Sallim’

10. May: Lebogang Mokwena (University of the Western Cape) – ‘Material Identities: Shweshwe, Empire, and Africanity after Apartheid’ (online only)

17. May: Eliza Proszczuk (Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw) – ‘Girls from the Castle’

24. May: Annapurna Mamidipudi (TU Berlin and MPIWG Berlin) – ‘Talking Craft, Doing Science: Epistemologies of Color in India’

31. May: Gabriel Schimmeroth (MARKK Hamburg) – ‘Zwischenraum – A Space Between – Retrospect, Pandemic, Prospect (2019-2023) – Curating Repositioning and Rethinking Space at the MARKK’

07. June: Emma Tarlo (Goldsmiths) – ‚Hairy Entanglements: Writing, Exhibiting, and Crafting with Human Hair’

14. June: Lucy Norris (Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin) – ‘Regenerative Fibre Cultures: Fashioning New Threads of Connection’

21. June: Zuzanna Hertzberg (artist, Poland) – ‘Jewish Women Fighters – Herstories of Resistance as Message and Strategy for Today’

28. June: Tiara Roxanne (artist, postdoctoral fellow, Data and Society, NYC) – ‘The Grammar of Gathering’

05. July: Catalina Ortiz (UCL) – ‘Living Archive: Weaving Gender (Hi)Stories of Urban Reclamation in Moravia, Medellin’

12. July: Adela Taleb (HU Berlin) – ‘Weaving Worlds: The Power of Tales. Decolonial Potentials of Storytelling’ Kwame Aidoo (artist, Ghana) – ‘Intersection of Weaving and Storytelling: A Marginalized Community Pushes the Margins with Kpaluhi’


WARP – Werkstatt für kulturelle Ausdrucksweisen und Recherche in der Praxis is organized and coordinated by Magda Buchczyk und Dominik Biewer.

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Prof. Dr. Magdalena Buchczyk (she/her)
Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology with a focus on cultural expressions
Institute for European Ethnology
Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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