Refusal as Care

It was my second time attending the neighborhood association meeting in the community where I was doing fieldwork. The association president had invited me, saying he thought it would be great if I talked about my project with the attendees and that, perhaps, some people would want to share about their experiences living under food apartheid.

Practicing Heritage Means Life or Death in Rwanda

In Rwanda, the field of heritage production is dominated by the central government. National museums and memorials are part of the government’s efforts to establish a usable history for the country, where politicized divisions between ethnic groups, reinforced and reified during colonialism, resulted in a devastating genocide in 1994. Establishing a singular narrative and identity—along with the life-or-death stakes—means that the democratizing practices advocated within heritage scholarship circles are unlikely to gain traction.

How to Spark Joy by Tidying Up Your Thesis

Before we can begin revising your thesis, you must make the decision that you want to revise it. Once you make that step, this process will only need to happen one time, because then you will be working on a well-organized paper, and you will want to keep it well organized.

The Figueroa Flock

Negrito lives the life of a typical New Yorker; he wakes, eats, goes about his day and spends his evenings with the woman he has chosen as his lifelong partner, Yessenia. But this is not your average tale of familial love, for while Yessenia is an amiable woman who smiles easily, Negrito is a feisty, mostly-black male pigeon.

South America’s Golden Fleece

In the Andes, a fine fleece is highly prized. Yet, scientists’ understandings of genetic variation and classification diverge sharply with local herders’ relations with their herds.

Performing Penguin Care

What would it mean to rethink the zoo as a place where the possibilities of interspecies being are tested and realized? I went to the aquarium to pose this question at first hand—to get my feet wet, as it were, in the muck of multispecies ethics.

Resurrecting Ferrets and Remaking Ecosystems

Cryopreservation provides the tools for crafting a new scientific ice age, in which the ability to freeze and store biological materials is pivotal to assisted human reproduction, livestock breeding, and conservation biology. These three practices converge in the revival of the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), the most endangered mammal in North America.

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

A brazen emu emerged from the scrub, intentions unknown, and began to circle us, pivoting her head often to preserve a radius of about 15 feet. Her gaze alternated between us and our instrumentation, giving us the impression of intense curiosity, although we are trained to never anthropomorphize wild animals.

No Means I Love You”

“No” was my mother’s constant refrain. Every time I questioned her refusal to grant whatever request I had made that entailed being out of her presence, she responded with her favorite aphorism: “No means I love you.”

Staging Harmony in China’s Urban Dance Competitions

At a recent government-sponsored dance competition for retirees in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, more than 20 groups of retired women took to the stage to perform a dance routine set to Kangding Qingge, a Chinese pop song with lyrics extolling the romance of the Tibetan grasslands.