Imagining Rural Immunity

Political myth-making about America’s rural “heartland” is doubly pernicious, increasing rural vulnerability to COVID-19 and ignoring the disintegration of rural health services.

Sign Languages as Disaster Entertainment

Sign language interpreters have become social media celebrities of our coronavirus moment. But signing is not a form of light entertainment; it should be lifesaving information.

The Funny Wrath of Italy’s Viral Mayors

In March 2020, a video of Italian mayors scolding citizens for failing to stay at home went viral. Only ostensibly insignificant, these clickable white men reveal new forms and affects of digital governance at the heart of twenty-first century politics.

On Living through Plagues and Wars in Lebanon

In much of the Global North COVID-19 is wreaking existential havoc. For the war-seasoned Lebanese in the throes of an economic meltdown and ongoing protests, it is yet another in a long line of disasters to navigate and resist. 

A Recipe for Polenta from Istria

If you’re searching for something to cook, chef and anthropologist Anna Colquhoun has a recipe that is helping her family and neighbors through the pandemic.