Ethnocafé Ethnography, Design, Design Ethnography. Exploring Ways of Knowing and Intervening

Thursday, the 16th of May, 18:00, Room C4.06, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Flyer)

Nicolas Nova (Speaker): Associate Professor at the Geneva School of Arts and Design (HEAD), co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, author of “Beyond Design Ethnography. How Designers Practice Ethnographic Research” (Idea Books, 2014).
Elisabeth Tauber (Discussant): Senior Researcher in Anthropology, Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

Based on Nicolas Nova experience as ethnographer in the field of design, meta-ethnographer of design ethnography (Beyond design ethnography) and on his ongoing (gonzo-)ethnography of the Alpine space of today/tomorrow (desalpes.wordpress.com), the talk intends to discuss the role of ethnography in generating knowledge in and through various settings, domains, fields. Elisabeth Tauber, anthropologist, who teaches Anthropology in the Master in Eco-Social Design and who has recently engaged in a reflection on the tensions between anthropological and design research and on the role of ethnography in generating knowledge in the two domains, will be the discussant.

Nicolas Nova (bio.): Nicolas Nova is Associate Professor at the Geneva School of Arts and Design  (HEAD – Genève) and the co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, a futures research agency based in Europe and California focused on design fiction. His work lies at the intersection of digital anthropology, interaction design and design research. He is interested in observing and documenting digital and new media practices, in order to create new computing experiences centered around people’s needs, cultures and contexts. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Geneva, and another one in Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction) from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne). He was previously a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a visiting researcher at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA).

Elizabeth Tauber (bio.): Since her first fieldwork, Elisabeth Tauber has been interested in the possibilities of working as a social anthropologist in Europe. Through her ethnography with seminomadic Sinti family networks in the Italian Alps, she engaged with the challenge of doing research with people notoriously skeptical towards researchers and the documentation of their everyday practices. Her monograph, Du wirst keinen Ehemann nehmen! Respekt, die Bedeutung der Toten und Fluchtheirat bei den Sinti Estraixaria (Lit, 2014)  is the first to have analyzed the phenomenon of flight marriage, bringing it together with the spiritual presence of the ancestors. Currently she is in the process of establishing a new research network, looking at global issues of environment, climate change, gender, human-non-human relationships affecting the Eastern Alps. She is a co-founder of Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthtropology, through which she intends to revitalize alpine anthropology. Since three years, she teaches Anthropology in the Master in Eco-Social Design.

Ethnocafé Ethnography, Design, Design Ethnography. Exploring Ways of Knowing and Intervening
Scroll to top