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.

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Lonely Death in Pandemic Times

Covid-19

Lonely Death in Pandemic Times

As anthropologists who research and write about death and trauma, we are troubled by accounts of pandemic-related deaths that fail to account for the intimacies... More

The Comfort of Things? A Meditation from Coronaland

Covid-19

The Comfort of Things? A Meditation from Coronaland

About a decade ago, Daniel Miller (2008) published an ethnography of objects in a London neighborhood, entitling it The Comfort of Things. I leafed through it (... More

Coming Clean

Covid-19

Coming Clean

The first time I learned to wash my hands “properly” was nearly seven years ago: I was twenty-six.1 It was in an NGO in Delhi, India, one of the organizations i... More

Virtual Virulence and Metabolic Life

Covid-19

Virtual Virulence and Metabolic Life

In early February 2020, three days after the first Covid-19 case was detected in India, a message went viral on social media. “BOILER CHICKEN HAS BEEN FOUND TO ... More

Seeing Indigenous Land Struggles in the “Multispecies Cloud” of Covid-19

Covid-19

Seeing Indigenous Land Struggles in the “Multispecies Cloud” of Covid-19

Amid ongoing debates over where and how Covid-19 emerged, a “multispecies cloud” of zoonotic speculation has gathered over the wildlife markets of Wuhan in cent... More

Green Capitalism and Its Others

Theorizing the Contemporary

Green Capitalism and Its Others

Whither the Earth? From the Amazon fires to the Arctic melt, School Strikes for Climate and an American Anthropological Association meeting focused on the topic... More

Bolsonaro and the Unmaking of Brazil

Hot Spots

Bolsonaro and the Unmaking of Brazil

Recently Brazil became an example of the destructive forces of populist extreme-right-wing governments. Indigenous and traditional populations, the environment,... More

Pathways

Theorizing the Contemporary

Pathways

(Con traducción al español)How does personhood survive after death? In this collection of essays, written in light of Thomas Abercrombie’s sudden and premature ... More

Final Writing with Light Series

Writing with Light

Final Writing with Light Series

The Writing with Light collective was a SCA/SVA joint initiative which provided editors and authors the opportunity to focus closely on the photo-essay as a dis... More

Borderwaters: Conversing with Fluidity at the Dominican Border

Writing with Light

Borderwaters: Conversing with Fluidity at the Dominican Border

Wind tugging at my sleeve feet sinking into the sand I stand at the edge where earth touches ocean where the two overlap a gentle coming together at other ... More