The Innovative Anthropologies Lab

Logo for the Innovative Anthropologies Lab. The logomark is a spirograph of continuous overlapping circles with the words "Inno Anth" in the center.

About the Lab

The Innovative Anthropologies Lab (InnoAnth) at Texas State University is a learning and research laboratory dedicated to cultural and linguistic anthropologies and innovative strategies for doing anthropology, including multimodal, public, applied, and community-based research aimed to produce impactful and actionable research.

Being Innovative

Being innovative means more than just coming up with new ideas. Innovation happens at the intersection of new ideas and the complexity and ongoing improvisations of social life. As innovative anthropologists, we have two aims. First, we aim to conduct research that seeks to understand how ideas turn into sociocultural change and how anthropological approaches can support the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice and improvements in our communities. Second, we aim to innovate anthropology itself by experimenting with new methodologies and strategies for research, analysis, communication, learning, and collaboration. Overall we aim to build ongoing and collaborative relationships for responsive innovation inside and beyond anthropology.

Complex circles of light in a long-exposure photograph.
Complex circles of light in a long-exposure photograph.

The Lab

The InnoAnth lab is located in the Evans Liberal Arts building at Texas State University, Room 261. The space is a hub and co-working space for researchers interested in cultural and linguistic anthropology, public anthropology, and the innovative use of technologies and multimodal production in anthropology research. The lab offers technology and equipment for students, faculty, and our collaborators to use in research, learning, and experimentation. During our open hours, any TXST student or researcher may visit the lab to work, learn and use equipment and computers, collaborate with our members, and learn about our community and research. Members may access the lab outside of open hours and check-out equipment for use in their research.

The Lab Network

Our community is more than just a room. The lab network consists of online resources and services to support and promote the learning and research that takes place in the lab. This includes a member portal, weekly newsletter, events, mentorship and collaboration classifieds, a member generated knowledge base, and more to come.

Complex circles of light in a long-exposure photograph.

Lab Hours

Spring 2024 | ELA 261

Mondays 12:30-6:30 PM

Tuesdays 2:00-5:00 PM

Wednesdays 12:30-6:00 PM

Thursdays 2:00-5:00 PM (Quiet Hours)

Fridays 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Members may access the lab with their student ID any time ELA is open. Quiet hours are for silent co-working only.

Learn More

Read about our circular community, our "both...and" values, and committment to a safe and welcoming environment for uncomfortable learning.

Get Involved

Find out about what InnoAnth membership means and how your can get involved in our community.


Already an InnoAnth member? Log into our member portal to access our events, equipment reservations, lab tutorials, and community classifieds.


InnoAnth Lab events are hosted by our members. Public events are open to all. To register for upcoming events, visit our EventBrite page. Members, want to host an event? Log into the member portal to pitch your idea.