What’s in Your Bag?

 As another fieldwork season comes to a close and classes, sabbaticals, and more ventures into the field begin, anthropologists are unpacking and repacking  their bags. Anthropology News wants to know what’s in them. From the North Pole to the tropics, anthropologists from across the discipline’s subfields answer the question, What’s in your bag?

“Speaking Justice to Power” Since 1973

The study of politics and law is critical to unpacking the operation of power in society and identifying possible pathways to social change. For contemporary political and legal anthropology, our greatest challenge may be the very unboundedness of that charge, and the almost staggering potential for our work to influence understanding, policy and practice, and […]

Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic

Well, look, we’re going to have a border. It’s going to be a real border, and we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a serious wall. Just remember that. And you remember I said it…. It’s going to be a serious wall. It’s going to be a real wall. It’s not going to […]

What’s in Your Bag?

As the summer fieldwork season winds down, Anthropology News wants to know what you take with you in the field. Whether at an archaeological dig, on big city or small town streets conducting interviews, or in a lab, we welcome submissions from anthropologists across the subfields. “What’s in Your Bag?” is an opportunity to share […]

Turning to Trump  

Notes on health care, Trump rhetoric, and feeling neglected in rural Pennsylvania. “Santa was here!” my four-year-old son gleefully shouts as he wakes me by pulling off my blanket. It is our last day of fieldwork at the Petersen’s and indeed, it seems as if Santa Claus has come early this year. Jenny, our host, […]

Translation in Archaeology

Chinese and Honduran archaeologists collaborate at Copan. How do anthropologists work in multi-language fieldwork environments? How do we navigate cultural differences and develop international collaborations with scholars from diverse backgrounds? At the center of these questions are the processes of linguistic and cultural translation. Anthropologists are keenly aware of the roles interpreters play during fieldwork […]

The Docile Ethnographer?

On Self-Censure and Fieldwork “Looking forward to reading more in this series. Would have liked to retweet it, but I’m not touching anything critical until I’m done with fieldwork and out of the country. Some informants follow me on twitter. So, yeah…” This was one of the several messages I received following the publication of […]