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A Manifesto for Patchwork Ethnography

A Manifesto for Patchwork Ethnography

Even prior to the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, “traditional” anthropological fieldwork was in trouble. For some time now, ethnographers have been questioni... More

Assimilation, Dispossession, Erasure, or Refusal

Assimilation, Dispossession, Erasure, or Refusal

As we reach the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century, Adivasi lives in India, whether the mainland or Andaman Islands, challenge us to rethink o... More

Social Distancing: A Multispecies Perspective

Social Distancing: A Multispecies Perspective

Social distancing is all the rage. As health officials from the WHO to the CDC actively promote it, this is a good moment to ask what cultural anthropologists c... More

Visualize-ing Air: Data, Icons, and Translations of Smog in Lahore

Visualize-ing Air: Data, Icons, and Translations of Smog in Lahore

My city, Lahore, is disappearing. There is nothing figurative about that sentence. I genuinely cannot see my hometown outside my window. The skyline is a haze .... More

Redesigning the Annual Conference: Contagion, Carbon, Access, Equity

Redesigning the Annual Conference: Contagion, Carbon, Access, Equity

Spring is a time to look ahead in places like where I live on the East Coast of the United States, as people come out of doors and dormant plants and other crea... More

Rooftop “Recipes” for Relating: A Commentary on Recipes, Ethnography, and Theory

Rooftop “Recipes” for Relating: A Commentary on Recipes, Ethnography, and Theory

I titled my 2018 anthropology MA thesis for The American University in Cairo “Rooftop Recipes for Relating: Ecologies of Humans, Animals, and Life,” but it took... More

Co-authorship as Feminist Writing and Practice

Co-authorship as Feminist Writing and Practice

This collection of essays builds on a 2018 American Anthropological Association roundtable that brought together scholars whose experiences with co-authorship i... More

Rural Development and Alternative Agriculture in Italy: Cultivating the Future by Governing Expectations of Change

Rural Development and Alternative Agriculture in Italy: Cultivating the Future by Governing Expectations of Change

In the wake of the “Friday for Future” demonstrations across the world, as well as the shift in food consumption driven by consumers’ new preference for organic... More

Challenging Art as Cultural Systems . . . for Cliff from the Twenty-First Century: Light Shows, Shadow Plays, Pressure Points

Challenging Art as Cultural Systems . . . for Cliff from the Twenty-First Century: Light Shows, Shadow Plays, Pressure Points

The following piece is a lightly edited version of a lecture delivered as the Clifford Geertz Memorial Lecture at Princeton University on April 25, 2019, by Mic... More

China’s Respiratory Communities

China’s Respiratory Communities

“It’s always busier here when the pollution is bad,” Lili, a community engagement coordinator, told me. Worried I would not be able to find the place, she had w... More