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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Decameron Relived

Fictions

Decameron Relived

As anthropologists we often tell stories in our work to introduce a setting, to illustrate a point, to “try to grasp the fragments of the real world” (Fassin 20... More

Geological Anthropology

Theorizing the Contemporary

Geological Anthropology

Geology has become a principal field and framework in the social sciences and humanities in the past decade to understand anthropogenic environmental crises. Th... More

The Psychedelic Revival

Hot Spots

The Psychedelic Revival

Over the last decade, psychedelics—named for their “mind-manifesting” quality—have made a comeback in modern science, public discourse, and cultural significanc... More

Responding to an Unfolding Pandemic: Asian Medicines and Covid-19

Hot Spots

Responding to an Unfolding Pandemic: Asian Medicines and Covid-19

Scholars across disciplines working on Asian medicines are currently encountering a multitude of responses to the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease (Covid... More

The Danger of a Single Threat

Covid-19

The Danger of a Single Threat

In a well-known public talk, the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie details the danger of letting a single story define a world. Collective experience d... More

Buying Bread in Santiago, Chile: Engaging with Documents in Times of Pandemic

Covid-19

Buying Bread in Santiago, Chile: Engaging with Documents in Times of Pandemic

“My application got accepted, I can go to the bakery!” announced my father, excited that he’d be able to go buy bread after one week of strict confinement. He h... More

Quarantine Urban Ecologies

Covid-19

Quarantine Urban Ecologies

As of April 2020, billions of people around the world are living under differing degrees of physical confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reshaping the way... More

Caring for Italy: The Solidarity of Filipino Women Workers

Covid-19

Caring for Italy: The Solidarity of Filipino Women Workers

Eight weeks into Italy’s countrywide lockdown, Covid-19 has quickly become more than a question of health. It is a question of livelihood. On March 22, 2020, Gi... More

Digital Learning

Covid-19

Digital Learning

Digital learning could imply hands-on learning, a physical engagement of bodies and fingers (digits) finding out how to do something. But mostly it implies, par... More

Missing the Revolution with Covid-19: On Hindsight and Ethnographic Expertise

Covid-19

Missing the Revolution with Covid-19: On Hindsight and Ethnographic Expertise

Covid-19 was a revolution that I should have seen coming. In his classic Cultural Anthropology article, “Missing the Revolution,” Orin Starn (1991) argues that... More