Fieldsights

Launched in 2012, Fieldsights has helped to catalyze the growth of nonjournal digital publishing in anthropology. Today, its various sections address diverse audiences in both textual and nontextual formats.

Fieldsights posts should not be described as "published in Cultural Anthropology." The two publications have different tempos, review processes, and forms of credit associated with their output.

Editors’ Forum

These Fieldsights sections feature series of ten or more essays, which bring together scholars across institutions and career stages to weigh in on a shared topic. These pieces are reviewed by the editors of Cultural Anthropology.
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An Otherwise Anthropology

Theorizing the Contemporary

An Otherwise Anthropology

In recent years, the concept of the otherwise has been tracking across anthropology to frame political potentialities that are emerging, often drawing on phenom... More

An Anthropogenic Table of Elements

Theorizing the Contemporary

An Anthropogenic Table of Elements

In the 150 years since its construction by the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev, the periodic table of chemical elements has become both a ubiquitous and iconic... More

Embodied Ecologies

Theorizing the Contemporary

Embodied Ecologies

The materiality of human bodies at the smallest scales—genes, microbes, chemicals, hormones—is increasingly being understood as both responsive to broader envir... More

Contributed Content

While not formally reviewed, posts in these Fieldsights sections reflect the breadth and pace of anthropological conversations today. Many of them are written by early-career scholars in the SCA's Contributing Editors Program.
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"Pervasive, yet Fractured": A Roundtable on Centering Indigenous Critiques and Teaching Settler Colonialism

Teaching Tools

"Pervasive, yet Fractured": A Roundtable on Centering Indigenous Critiques and Teaching Settler Colonialism

As I write, Kanaka Maoli kia‘i are assembling to protect Mauna Kea against the threat of the Thirty Meter Telescope; Diné and Pueblo peoples are collaborating t... More

Programming Improvisation

Visual and New Media Review

Programming Improvisation

In a recent article in Cultural Anthropology, Nick Seaver (2018) asks, “What should an anthropology of algorithms do?” Seaver urges anthropologists to avoid por... More

The Screening Room

Visual and New Media Review

The Screening Room

We welcome you to the re-launching of the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s film series, The Screening Room. In this new incarnation, we have curated a set of... More

Collaboration Studio

The Collaboration Studio draws together content previously published in different sections of Fieldsights. It also anchors a yearlong seminar that allows Contributing Editors to work together for a fixed period of time on a topic of shared interest.
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Publishing Infrastructure

Publishing Infrastructure

More than most scholarly associations, the Society for Cultural Anthropology has come to understand itself as what Christopher Kelty (2005) calls a recursive pu... More