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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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

Connotative Memories

Writing with Light

Connotative Memories

Recent events of violence in São Paulo, Brazil targeting Palestinian, Syrian, as well as Angolan, Nigerian, and Congolese bystanders during a protest against th... More

“This is about racism and greed”: Photographs of Philadelphia’s Mass School Closures

Writing with Light

“This is about racism and greed”: Photographs of Philadelphia’s Mass School Closures

After months of community opposition and protest, on March 7, 2013, the School District of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to close twenty-t... More

Experiments in the Field

Writing with Light

Experiments in the Field

Farmers are either disappearing or rock stars (Weiler, Otero, and Wittman 2016; Phillipov and Goodman 2017). If a farm is not reaching economies of scale then i... More

Camps and Ruins: Notes from Greece on the Visual Representation of the 2015 “Refugee Crisis”

Writing with Light

Camps and Ruins: Notes from Greece on the Visual Representation of the 2015 “Refugee Crisis”

My grandmother had very few photographs from her childhood; I believe there were only two.1 The first photo was one taken in an unknown studio, depicting her en... More

Debris n-1: Visualizing a Bullerman Erotics

Writing with Light

Debris n-1: Visualizing a Bullerman Erotics

In this photo essay I hope to extend the contemplative space of what Bruno Latour (1993, 144) calls a “parliament of things” through the juxtaposition and relat... More