China, Soft Power, and Confucius Institutes with Jennifer Hubbert

China’s government-funded language and culture programs are one of the country’s most ubiquitous globalization projects and aim to smooth a path to superpower status. But, we would do well to avoid assumptions about the transfer of power that happens through soft power policy.

Toward an Anthropology of Heat

Heat is anthropogenic, as we know well in our time of heightened discourse around climate change. And in cities like Chennai, India, the heat has only gotten hotter.

Reading Complaints

What might a letter of complaint to a university truth commission reveal about Brazil’s political climate and the multiple lives of documents? 

Going Viral in Hong Kong

Disease is but the most obvious part of an epidemic. As coronavirus spreads, it fuels many other kinds of contagious forces.