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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Geological Anthropology

Theorizing the Contemporary

Geological Anthropology

Geology has become a principal field and framework in the social sciences and humanities in the past decade to understand anthropogenic environmental crises. Th... More

The Psychedelic Revival

Hot Spots

The Psychedelic Revival

Over the last decade, psychedelics—named for their “mind-manifesting” quality—have made a comeback in modern science, public discourse, and cultural significanc... More

Responding to an Unfolding Pandemic: Asian Medicines and Covid-19

Hot Spots

Responding to an Unfolding Pandemic: Asian Medicines and Covid-19

Scholars across disciplines working on Asian medicines are currently encountering a multitude of responses to the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease (Covid... 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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Ethnocine: Hay Betl7em هاي بيت لحم

Visual and New Media Review

Ethnocine: Hay Betl7em هاي بيت لحم

We close out curating some of the works from Ethnocine Collective by showcasing two episodes from Laura Menchaca Ruiz and Khader U. Handal's Hay Betl7em (2018–2... More

Four Alleys

Visual and New Media Review

Four Alleys

Alley Knowing As Tim Dee (2015, 5) says in Four Fields, “what is extraordinary about them often seems familiar.” By them, Dee means fields and their natural and... More

Gauging the Toll: Auto-reflexivity, Sexual Violence, and Fieldwork

Member Voices

Gauging the Toll: Auto-reflexivity, Sexual Violence, and Fieldwork

In Letters from the Field, Margaret Mead (1977) wrote, “The way to do fieldwork is to never come up for air until it is all over.” This quotation demonstrates t... 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