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Urban Co-Lab "Out of the Box": questioning boundaries through digital collaboration, and building narratives using image-based urban ethnographic methods [UrbAn] 
Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland)
Carolin Genz (Humboldt-University of Berlin)
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Friday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Lisbon

Short Abstract:

Motivation: lab collaboration to explore multimodal ethnographic methods in the study of urban lifeworlds; increase its relevance in research and policy-making. Aim: collaborate and foster an international interdisciplinary network dedicated to methodological explorations in urban research.

Long Abstract:

- The sessions will be hosted on Zoom and on a collaborative platform -

On collaborative digital space, we workshop on the issues at stake in current urban research, and identify particularities and similarities through which we question dichotomies in scholarship.

The first lab session starts with introducing an image-based platform on which we can discuss and build visual narratives through our research.

Next, we will engage in what we refer to as "Urban Mosaic," a collaborative technique to tease out spatial and/or conceptual issues, pose critical questions. It also will allow the group to draw connections that speak to shared concerns and interests when it comes to the study of the urban in our various regional and (inter)disciplinary fields.

During the second session, we critically map and bring our experiences and observations to a common table in the form of a collective digital artefact. This brings us to a reflection on the issues and potential of collaborative research and the use of image-based methods to facilitate collaborative research projects. We will also consider the potential and pitfalls of the digital for collaborative/ participatory fieldwork (in times of crisis) and discuss shared interests of the lab group toward next steps this lab encounter can lead us to.

This lab is co-organized between the Urban Ethnography Lab ( and the Critical Icono-Ethnography Lab ( and aims to expand the network of scholars and practitioners of the urban.

Organizers: Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe, Carolin Genz, Silvia Balzan