To Impeach or Not to Impeach?

The political struggle over the Mueller report illustrates the tortuous social life of a text—especially a text fraught with high political stakes for a sitting president. Special counsel regulations required Robert Mueller to communicate his “prosecution or declination decisions” in a report to the attorney general who would then provide a summary to Congress—ensuring the report would pass through several links of a twisty speech chain before reaching the public.

Haunting Democracy

It’s difficult to imagine being haunted in a public space. Regarded from outside, public spaces usually evoke the gathering of large numbers of people; regarded from within, their occupants often do not recognize the space as anything special at all. However, consider public space in post-Soviet contexts, where it continues to be haunted by the machinations of totalitarianism and is always already haunted by histories of surveillance and violent state power, despite nearly three decades of democracy.

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.

Change Is Coming

Like most professional societies, the activities of the American Anthropological Association are built on the pillars of membership, Annual Meetings, and publications. But there are reasons to think the character of each will transform over the coming decades; the perceived value of membership in organizations like AAA continues to change, Annual Meetings face growing challenges in an age of instantaneous digital communication and concerns regarding carbon footprints, and the landscape of scholarly publishing is shifting with dizzying speed. We need to be ready for those changes.

Galloping Horses and Gunpowder Women

A quick prayer and kisses on the cheek, and the women mount their magnificent Barb horses. The horses form a cavalry line at one end of the field, ready to charge; at their leader’s command, they start at a trot, holding their gunpowder rifles close. On the next command the women and horses accelerate to fast gallop, stand in their stirrups, and raise their rifles.

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.

Catching Birds in the High Arctic

There is more than one way to eat a dovekie in northern Greenland: they can be eaten frozen, boiled, or whole (excluding the feet and beak). In the past, many dovekies were prepared and stored for the long winter in one of two ways. First, a hunter could simply cache the birds under stones to keep hungry foxes and dogs at bay.