Member Voices showcases the intellectual vitality of the SCA by featuring the work of its members, as well as archived content from discontinued Fieldsights sections. We publish short pieces which engage contemporary disciplinary conversations within anthropology. We welcome submissions which put current events in conversation with anthropological thought and literature. We encourage creativity and collaboration, aiming to create a forum which propels the discipline in new and exciting directions.

How to Submit

View the submission guidelines. Please email Member Voices Section Editor Janita Van Dyk at [email protected] with any questions. Authors must be current members of the SCA.

Patchwork Ethnography Syllabus

Patchwork Ethnography Syllabus

This post builds on A Manifesto for Patchwork Ethnography and Interview: Patchwork Ethnography posted on Fieldsights on June 2020 and June 2021, respectively. ... More

The Specter of Hobbes and Other White Men in African Anthropology

The Specter of Hobbes and Other White Men in African Anthropology

There is a well-established tradition of scholarly discourses that treats Africa as a natural laboratory against which European theories of modernity are tested... More

Denaturalizing Ethnographic Epistemology

Denaturalizing Ethnographic Epistemology

As of March 29, 2022, the call for submissions to this series is extended to June 30, 2022. This piece brings attention to the consequences of binarizing catego... More

A Collaboratory of Indian Ocean Ethnographies

A Collaboratory of Indian Ocean Ethnographies

The pandemic brought an unsettling fog of silence down on field-dependent research along the littoral fringes of the northern Indian Ocean. It caused severely r... More

Virtual Connections, Digital Contentions: Small Academic Meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Virtual Connections, Digital Contentions: Small Academic Meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic

This Open Series features and invites posts that describe and address the new intellectual relationships, connections, and tensions emerging from small online a... More

Opening Access to AAA’s Publishing Future

Opening Access to AAA’s Publishing Future

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) publishing contract with Wiley comes to term in 2022. In light of this pressing deadline, several journal editors... More

Interview: Patchwork Ethnography

Interview: Patchwork Ethnography

Last year, Member Voices published Gökçe Günel, Saiba Varma, and Chika Watanabe’s “A Manifesto for Patchwork Ethnography.” The authors posted their manifesto ah... More

Abayas: Shopping for Floor-Length Convenience, Modesty, and Transgression in Urban Cairo

Abayas: Shopping for Floor-Length Convenience, Modesty, and Transgression in Urban Cairo

Typically floor-length, black, and loose, abayas are dresses worn by women of working, middle, and upper classes in Egypt and other regions in the world. Conven... More

Global Protest Movements in 2019: What Do They Teach Us?

Global Protest Movements in 2019: What Do They Teach Us?

Amid an unprecedented sense of global uncertainty, protest movements around the world are opening new horizons. This series, which was assembled before the star... More

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

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