Theorizing the Contemporary

Created in 2012, Theorizing the Contemporary seeks to extend the horizon of social analysis in new directions, including challenges to what constitutes "theory" in the first place. Theorizing the Contemporary series are reviewed by the editors of Cultural Anthropology; series editors must be current members of the SCA.

How to Submit

Send a one-paragraph description of the proposed series, a list of 10–15 contributors, and a 50–75 word abstract of each piece to Jessica Lockrem at culanth@culanth.org.

Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen

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 Infrastructure Toolbox

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

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

Generating Capitalism

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

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

Finance

Finance

In anthropology, it seems everyone has something to say about finance these days. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it helps break ... More

Theory from the South

Theory from the South

The Event The essays that follow were originally presented at a round table on Jean and John Comaroff’s latest book, Theory from the South, Or, How Euro-America... More

The Human is More than Human

The Human is More than Human

The Culture@Large session at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association grappled with the pressing importance of the nonhuman for the w... More