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]

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

Religion, Law, and Bolsonaro’s Decree on Essential Services

Covid-19

Religion, Law, and Bolsonaro’s Decree on Essential Services

The corona virus pandemic has raised wide-ranging questions on the limits of religious freedoms in a global health crisis. While religious gatherings have acted... More

Covid-19, (In)visible Mothers, and the State

Covid-19

Covid-19, (In)visible Mothers, and the State

I called Yesenia on a Tuesday afternoon, but she didn’t answer. My number wouldn’t be familiar to her, as I wasn’t her son’s teacher, nor was I employed by the ... More

Crowd, Contagion, Corona

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Crowd, Contagion, Corona

In early March 2020, weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic locked down much of Bangladesh, I was told a story by a friend, clearly in jest. A violent crowd had bea... More

The Irruption of Care, or Facing a Pandemic in Times of Revolution

Covid-19

The Irruption of Care, or Facing a Pandemic in Times of Revolution

No sintai miedo, si gracias a la Primera Línea nosotros podemos marchar. Si no fuese por ellos, no existiría la marcha.—Stefan Kramer “Don’t be afraid, it’s th... More