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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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"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

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