Welcome to Episcope!

internetz, "Episcope." December 4, 2012 via.
e·pis·cope n
a device for projecting an enlarged image of an opaque object such as a printed page, a coin, a photograph, a leaf, onto a screen using reflected light  
This is an experiment. The insights of anthropologists are usually sequestered in academic circles, networks, and classrooms. Our work is also often constrained within a slow, arduous publishing process such that our writings frequently fail to address in an immediate way the pressing realities we often grapple with in our fieldwork. For these among other reasons, anthropologists rarely affect how current issues are enacted in mainstream narratives.
Episcope seeks to overcome, in a small way, these conditions. This forum is a new channel for relating anthropology to pressing matters of concern. In this way, Episcope is an experiment not just in making anthropology more accessible to a broader public, but in amplifying the intimate, immediate, and sometimes urgent connections that can mark our work. Here, ethnographic practices as well as the "the issues" themselves may be reconfigured.
Episcope will have many contributors. Anthropologists and ethnographically-oriented others of all stripes and interests will be recruited to share their sense of current issues. This means there will be a wide array of styles and interventions here. Guaranteed: no two posts will be alike. So follow Episcope, your channel for anthropological projections of matters of concern.
This post was originally published in the Episcope section of the Cultural Anthropology website, which was retired in June 2016. All Episcope posts were reclassified under the new Dispatches section; their URLs remain unchanged.