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]

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

Lessons for Liberalism from the “Illiberal East”

Hot Spots

Lessons for Liberalism from the “Illiberal East”

The cumulative effects of Brexit, the resurgence of populist politics in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States have given r... More

Keywords for Ethnography and Design

Theorizing the Contemporary

Keywords for Ethnography and Design

This series of short essays explores issues facing ethnographers working on or in collaboration with design as a field. It begins from the proposition that the ... More

Im/migration in the Trump Era

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Im/migration in the Trump Era

One year into the Trump presidency, when our core values of multiculturalism, cross-cultural understanding, international diversity, and racial inclusion are un... More

Our Lives with Electric Things

Theorizing the Contemporary

Our Lives with Electric Things

Our lives with electric things are positively charged with meaning. Our bodies pulse with electrical activity. The electric appliances, devices, and technologie... More

Demonetization: Critical Responses to India’s Cash(/less) Experiment

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Demonetization: Critical Responses to India’s Cash(/less) Experiment

On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized 86 percent of the cash circulating in India. While citizens were allowed to deposit and exchange n... More

Evil Infrastructures

Theorizing the Contemporary

Evil Infrastructures

Can an infrastructure be evil? The short pieces in this Theorizing the Contemporary series, which were originally commissioned for the 2016 Society for Social S... More

Cuba as Dreamworld and Catastrophe

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Cuba as Dreamworld and Catastrophe

This Hot Spots series attempts to interrogate how Cuba is interpellated by diverse audiences to think with and about the complexities and paradoxes of everyday,... More

The Rise of Trumpism

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The Rise of Trumpism

The rise of Donald Trump caught many off-guard. What happened? And what comes next? At least one thing is clear: stark divides are being exposed in social order... More