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]

Standing Rock, #NoDAPL, and Mni Wiconi

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Standing Rock, #NoDAPL, and Mni Wiconi

Thousands of Water Protectors from more than three hundred Native nations, as well as allied supporters from a range of social movements, gathered at the Standi... More

Crisis of Liberalism

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Crisis of Liberalism

Is liberalism in crisis? The surge of populist politics—challenging both representation and reason—around the world demands that we pose the question. 2016 has ... More

Arctic Abstractive Industry

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Arctic Abstractive Industry

The Arctic is a region that is being dramatically altered through climate change, even as extractive industries and the nations that rely on them frame the Arct... More

Refugees and the Crisis of Europe

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Refugees and the Crisis of Europe

Since the beginning of 2015, an unprecedented number of people from Middle Eastern and African countries—many of them fleeing war, persecution, and unrelenting ... More

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