Created in 2011, Hot Spots goes beyond the headlines to consider current events and pressing global issues from the perspective of anthropologists and others on the scene. Hot Spots series are reviewed by the editors of Cultural Anthropology; series editors must be current members of the SCA.

How to Submit

Send a brief description of the proposed series and a list of contributors to Marcel LaFlamme at marcel@culanth.org.

Refugees and the Crisis of Europe

Refugees and the Crisis of Europe

Since the beginning of 2015, an unprecedented number of people from Middle Eastern and African countries—many of them fleeing war, persecution, and unrelenting ... More

Greece is Burning

Greece is Burning

At last judged adequately modern, Greece won the privilege of hosting the summer Olympic Games in 2004. Many analysts have pointed to the national deficit that ... More

The Pilbara Crisis: Resource Frontiers in Western Australia

The Pilbara Crisis: Resource Frontiers in Western Australia

The remote and fragile Pilbara region of Western Australia contains some of Australia’s greatest mineral wealth, as well as some of its richest, most globally s... More

Aftershocked: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

Aftershocked: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

Beginning at 11:56 a.m. local time on April 25, 2015 and continuing for over two months, a series of large earthquakes and significant aftershocks, numbering mo... More

#BlackLivesMatter: Anti-Black Racism, Police Violence, and Resistance

#BlackLivesMatter: Anti-Black Racism, Police Violence, and Resistance

Gathered under the umbrella of #BlackLivesMatter, a movement has erupted in the United States and multiple locations across the globe, including the Dominican R... More

Mali, March 2012

Mali, March 2012

Folo Folo Kuma or A Prefatory Word Before the events of late March 2012, most people - even those who regularly follow global news - probably had very little aw... More

Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings

Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings

Occupy Wall Street burst spectacularly onto the scene last fall with the take-over of New York City's Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011, followed by the rapid... More

Côte d'Ivoire Is Cooling Down? Reflections a Year after the Battle for Abidjan

Côte d'Ivoire Is Cooling Down? Reflections a Year after the Battle for Abidjan

The Path to Peace The murderous conflicts that followed presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire in November 2010 led to an international debacle that ended some... More

Self-Immolation as Protest in Tibet

Self-Immolation as Protest in Tibet

Tibet has no history of self-immolation as sacrifice, religious offering, or political protest. Yet, in the last year alone, roughly thirty-five Tibetans have s... More

Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt a Year after January 25th

Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt a Year after January 25th

On January 25, 2011, Egyptians from all social backgrounds marched to public squares across Egypt and began an 18 day revolution that captivated the world. Call... More