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.

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Graphic Ethnography on the Rise

Theorizing the Contemporary

Graphic Ethnography on the Rise

We are witnessing a new wave of ethnographic, multimodal creativity inspired by comics, graphic novels, and creative visual arts. The growth of this "graphic-et... More

Negotiating the Crisis: Critical Perspectives on Climate Governance

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Negotiating the Crisis: Critical Perspectives on Climate Governance

This Hot Spots series critically examines the global apparatus of climate change governance, through ethnographic analysis of the United Nations Framework Conve... More

Haiti beyond Crisis

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Haiti beyond Crisis

This series suggests new ways to understand the current situation in Haiti and poses questions about what is, and isn’t, happening in Haiti right now. We seek t... More

Russia’s War in Ukraine, Continued

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Russia’s War in Ukraine, Continued

This is a continuation of the series, Russia's War in Ukraine, published on March 11. Every war is distinctive in its sources, consequences, and legacies. Some ... More

Russia’s War on Ukraine

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Russia’s War on Ukraine

Russia launched its unprovoked war of aggression on Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Anthropologists, with intimate experience on the ground, are striving to conte... More

Ecologies of War

Theorizing the Contemporary

Ecologies of War

This collection, Ecologies of War, extends ethnographic attention beyond “war itself” to include forms of war that are often unrecognized as such—in everyday ex... More

Sustaining the Momentum: Reparative Justice for European Colonialism and Slavery

Theorizing the Contemporary

Sustaining the Momentum: Reparative Justice for European Colonialism and Slavery

When the Black Lives Matter protests erupted in the U.S in summer 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, the ripple effect around the world was stunning. Di... More

The Damage Wrought: Immigration Before, Under, and After Trump

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The Damage Wrought: Immigration Before, Under, and After Trump

The anthropologists and activists gathered for this series have long been on the front lines fighting for migrant and racial justice. They have assisted familie... More

Art and Ethnographic Forms in Dark Times

Theorizing the Contemporary

Art and Ethnographic Forms in Dark Times

What are the ethnographic arts through which we know and express the worlds we encounter? How does ethnographic experience become translated into/as art? How ca... More

Firestorm: Critical Approaches to Forest Death and Life

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Firestorm: Critical Approaches to Forest Death and Life

The earth is aflame. The now annual fires—in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, the United States, and beyond—are the most visible way that forests are dying. Forest... More