Editors’ Forum

These Fieldsights sections feature series of ten or more short-form 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.

How to Submit

Send a description of the proposed series, a list of contributors, and brief abstracts to Jessica Lockrem at [email protected]

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

Temporary Possession

Theorizing the Contemporary

Temporary Possession

Around the world, experiences of ownership are turning toward temporary and contingent forms of possession. This Theorizing the Contemporary series explores tem... More

Behind the Migrant Caravan: Ethnographic Updates from Central America

Hot Spots

Behind the Migrant Caravan: Ethnographic Updates from Central America

(Con traducción al español) Central America is again in the news as a region in crisis. In October 2018, a group of migrants gathered in a bus station in San Pe... More

Speculative Anthropologies

Theorizing the Contemporary

Speculative Anthropologies

At the intersection of speculative fiction and anthropology, we find a sense of epistemological humility about the kind of worlds we could or should inhabit. ... More

Time of Monsters

Theorizing the Contemporary

Time of Monsters

In her contribution to the 2016 Hot Spots series on liberalism’s contemporary crisis, Andrea Muehlebach aptly and beautifully rendered our current political s... More

From Reciprocity to Relationality: Anthropological Possibilities

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From Reciprocity to Relationality: Anthropological Possibilities

Recently, the discipline of anthropology has faced much-needed critique from a chorus of young and dynamic scholars. These critiques emerged in the face of the ... More

The Naturalization of Work

Theorizing the Contemporary

The Naturalization of Work

The naturalization of work usually refers to social processes that make a life underpinned by labor seem unquestionable, inevitable, and even desirable. This ki... More

Speaking Volumes

Theorizing the Contemporary

Speaking Volumes

Having engaged with the recent volumetric turn in architecture and political geography, anthropologists are increasingly concerned with realms such as air, oc... More