On Fieldwork

In the northern hemisphere, the fieldwork season is about to begin for many of us, including me. This is one of the signatures of our discipline, deeply embedded in our practices and our ways of speaking. Doing it for the first time is a rite of passage. Other anthropologists will give you a pass on […]

Science and Government

We are seeing a resurgence of state concern about the value of funding humanities and social sciences research. Those who express this concern argue that because research is funded with taxpayer money, it should prioritize work that is in “the national interest.” Further, it is argued that “national interest” is best defined by elected lawmakers. Finally, […]

Histories and Geographies of Structural Violence

Recent events have brought us too many horrors, in too many places, too frequent and too close. Just in North America, they include the disappearance of indigenous students in Mexico, police killings of black youth in the United States, and murders of aboriginal women in Canada. None of what happened is radically new, but somehow, […]