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 culanth@culanth.org.

Greece is Burning

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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

Digital Ontology

Theorizing the Contemporary

Digital Ontology

It might be argued that anthropology has come late to the question of whether there is an ontology to the digital. Although scholars in software and media studi... More

Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen

Theorizing the Contemporary

Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen

The idea of an Anthropocene has spread with astonishing speed, dislodging familiar terms like nature and environment from their customary preeminence as signs o... More

The Pilbara Crisis: Resource Frontiers in Western Australia

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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

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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

The Infrastructure Toolbox

Theorizing the Contemporary

The Infrastructure Toolbox

Why an infrastructure toolbox? Infrastructure has long been a central conceptual tool—a productive metaphor—for critical theory and the analysis of social life ... More

Queer Futures

Theorizing the Contemporary

Queer Futures

This series brings together a cohort of anthropologists to reflect on queer anthropology as a historically situated intellectual formation and research communit... More

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

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#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

Generating Capitalism

Theorizing the Contemporary

Generating Capitalism

Anthropological and broader social-scientific critiques of capitalism have faced two related analytical puzzles: First, if capitalist relations are generated wi... More

The Politics of Ontology

Theorizing the Contemporary

The Politics of Ontology

Much energy has been devoted over the last decade to the so-called ontological turn in the social sciences, and in anthropology in particular. A number of state... More