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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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The Irruption of Care, or Facing a Pandemic in Times of Revolution

Covid-19

The Irruption of Care, or Facing a Pandemic in Times of Revolution

No sintai miedo, si gracias a la Primera Línea nosotros podemos marchar. Si no fuese por ellos, no existiría la marcha.—Stefan Kramer “Don’t be afraid, it’s th... More

Prison as the Problem, Prison as the Cure

Covid-19

Prison as the Problem, Prison as the Cure

Across the United States, politicians, public prosecutors, and local and federal courts have released thousands in the country’s jails and prisons in an effort ... More

Stigma and the Logics of Wartime

Covid-19

Stigma and the Logics of Wartime

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service has been subsumed in recent weeks by military metaphors. Health workers are “servicemen” on the “frontline” “battli... More

Impact of Covid-19 on Hijras, a Third-Gender Community in India

Covid-19

Impact of Covid-19 on Hijras, a Third-Gender Community in India

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on the telly that India will put its population of 1.38 billion under lockdown to curb commun... More

Birthing under Investigation

Covid-19

Birthing under Investigation

Covid-19 has ushered in a new grammar of intimacy. Every physical interaction inspires a calculation of risk management. Consequential decisions are made over t... More

"Bigas Hindi Dahas": Covid-19 and State Violence

Covid-19

"Bigas Hindi Dahas": Covid-19 and State Violence

Fifteen days after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a Luzon-wide “enhanced community quarantine” to curb the spread of Covid-19, the residents of Si... More

Communion in Quarantine: How Liturgical Christian Churches Celebrated Easter

Covid-19

Communion in Quarantine: How Liturgical Christian Churches Celebrated Easter

Good Friday liturgical services in the Armenian Apostolic Church—under normal circumstances—include a grand procession carrying a wooden recreation of the Tomb ... More

Corona Chronotopes

Covid-19

Corona Chronotopes

A viral video produced by a collective of filmmakers based in Milan shows Italians recording messages to their selves of ten days ago. The video illustrates the... More

Hope and History in South Africa’s Pandemic

Covid-19

Hope and History in South Africa’s Pandemic

April 10, 2020. Lockdown Day 15. A few nights ago, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a further two weeks of lockdown, on top of the three we are... More

They Sow the Wind and Reap the Whirlwind (Covid Doubt in St. Petersburg)

Covid-19

They Sow the Wind and Reap the Whirlwind (Covid Doubt in St. Petersburg)

I’m in Russia, vacationing like everyone else: on March 25, 2020, President Putin gave most people a week off work, and then another three weeks. It’s sort of l... More