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.

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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

Beyond the "Greek Crisis": Histories, Rhetorics, Politics

Beyond the "Greek Crisis": Histories, Rhetorics, Politics

This forum focuses on the debt crisis in Greece (the 2010 EU/IMF “bailout” and subsequent austerity measures), as well as the various challenges that have been ... More

3.11 Politics in Disaster Japan: Fear and Anger, Possibility and Hope

3.11 Politics in Disaster Japan: Fear and Anger, Possibility and Hope

On March 11, 2011, the largest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history rocked the country. Within minutes, a tsunami that reached thirty meters in places was hea... More