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Digital Empiria. Research Seminars about the Internet and Digital Technologies

Digital Empiria is a space for the discussion of empirical studies dedicated to the research of the social dimensions of the Internet and digital technologies.

Seminars take place monthly and are open to researchers, students or anyone interested in sharing their work. [live streaming]


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What is Empiria Digital 

The results from researches in various stages (completed, developing and in gestation) are presented and discussed in monthly seminars. This name refers to what is laxly understood as the “digital” space, through which we can understand current aspects of our times. The discussion we aim to open seeks to bring contrast to homogenous discourses on the topic of the Internet and digital technologies, flush out multiple forms of these technologies, explore diverse digital cultures and question the limits of what is “digital”. To some extent, the discussion also plans to go deeper into the methodological challenges brought up in these analyses.

We aim to do this by highlighting empirical work as an informational source, oriented specially to ethnographical research. Even though the Internet and digital technologies is object of great discussion and analysis, this is primarily based in anecdotes or voluntary generalizations drawn before any empirical evidence. In many times, discourses are driven by technology´s potential rather than by accurate realizations. This is why research presented here must be based on empirical work and not only on speculative analysis.

The seminars are planned as an explicit call for social scientists to intervene in many public debates taking place today on the topic of the Internet and its multiple technologies.  The selection of Medialab-Prado as the location for the seminars shows a willingness to be part of this dialog and an eagerness to explore the possibilities of hybridization among diverse audiences and ways to exhibit, as well as to inform about learning methods that differ from conventional academic customs.

Seminars take place monthly and are open to researchers, students or anyone interested in sharing their work. The intention is to constitute a stable group for discussion. Those interested can write to jestalellaf(at)



· 9 abril, 2012. ¿La importancia de tener contactos?

With Tomás Sánchez Criado (UOC) (El diagrama de la "autonomía conectada": Apuntes etnográficos sobre la fabricación de personas, relaciones y espacios en la teleasistencia para personas mayores[+info] 

· May 16, 2012. Blogs académicos: otros tiempos para la ciencia y presentación de

With Mónica Cornejo, anthropologist and professor at UCM [blog]Fernando Broncano, Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Science at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid [blog]Elena Azofra professor of Spanish History and Morphology at the School of Filology of the Facultad de Filología de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) [blog]Jara Rocha, Máster DIWO, independent and nomad project for self-taught and collaborative learning that is based on cultural practices and within the context of cultural mediation [blog]; and Frederique Muscinèsi, Community Manager [+info]   

· February 22, 2012. Internet y los nuevos modelos de familia: los foros para madres/padres solteros/as por elección.

With María Isabel Jociles (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) y David Poveda (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) will address the topic of single-parent families; new family models and learning among peers online, where communities choose to discuss non-traditional family models. [+info]

· July 8, 2011. Del 15M a la #acampadasol: topologías para un experimento político urbano 

With Víctor SampedroAlberto Corsín (CSIC), José Manuel Sánchez Duarte (URJC) and María Luz Congosto (UC3M) about 15-M Movement and citizen's political actions. [+info]

· June 10, 11 am to 1 pm: Between Locative Maps and the Blogger's Revolutionary Hopes. With Susana Zaragozá (Re-Animating the Location of Thought. Locative Maps and Non-Representational Geographies) and Adolfo Estalella (Assemblages of Hope. Expectations of a Revolution in Passionate Blogging). [+info]

· May 20, 2011. Virtual Worlds and Digital Interfaces, Contemporary Ways of Living. With Carla Estrella -An Antropology of Virtual Worlds: Digital Avatars, Communities and Pirates- and Jara Rocha -The Interface as a Cultural Device for Monitoring and Managing Experience [emerging studies]-. [+info]

If you are interested in contacting the organization to present your work, email jestalellaf(at)


Organizers: Adolfo Estalella (CCHS-CSIC / UOC) and Alberto Corsín (CCHS - CSIC). More information: Collaborators: Medialab-Prado. Red de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Red eSCTS).
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