Sorry, We’re Closed

The Delmar Loop, a stretch of what was once racialized as the “Delmar Divide” for the way it separates St. Louis’ population, is normally a bustling shopping and dining district full of tourists, Washington University parents, and suburban families that might not want to go too far into the city. I’ve only been here for ...

The Fear: Working through the apocalypse

How can we work when we have no future? In a crumbling world, does anthropology really matter?

Footnotes, Funding, Futures

Dear Friends of Footnotes, In a few months, Footnotes will celebrate its second anniversary, and we’ve been through a lot in the past couple of years. Of course, the project was launched just WEEKS before the news about the abuse and misconduct at HAU broke--a conversation that many Footnotes’ editors have been involved in since ...

Guest Post: The Anthropology Letters, Part 1

[Footnotes is excited to present a guest post by Bailey Duhé. Bailey J. Duhé is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies racial fluidity, generational trauma, and Blackness(es) with Creoles of color in New Orleans, Louisiana (which is also where she is from). Her writing has appeared in Museum Anthropology and ...

Decolonizing Everyday Praxis/Space → Decolonizing Anthropology

(Note: This essay is a revised version of my brief statement at a workshop on decolonizing anthropology at my institution, where I as a graduate student panelist was asked to share my reflections on diversity and inclusion in anthropology.) I began my advocacy work for anthropology students of color in 2015 through online publications and ...

Guest Post: On Not Looking Like an Expert: Being Black and Doing Research in Africa, White People’s Historical and Theoretical Turf

[Footnotes is excited to present a guest post by Ampson Hagan. Ampson Hagan is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is currently living in Niger. He studies race-encoded idioms of healthcare deservingness and Black migrants' subjectivities around humanitarian care in the Sahara. His writing has appeared in Africa ...

#AcademicTwitter: A How-To Guide for Anthropologists

[Footnotes is excited to present a guest post by Jules Weiss. Jules Weiss (they/them pronouns) is a 2nd year MA student in Applied Anthropology at Oregon State University. Their graduate research (so far) focuses on identity embodiment among transgender people who are part of punk music communities in the Pacific Northwest. You can find them ...

An image of a large brown piece of paper with snippets of cut-out poetry pasted to it. This is an example of a final Decanonizing Anthropology "historical Rasanblaj" project, which is explained below.

Decanonizing Anthropology

Reworking the History of Social Theory for 21st Century Anthropology: A Syllabus Project Authors: Rebecca Renee Buell, Samuel Burns, Zhuo Chen, Lisa Grabinsky, Argenis Hurtado Moreno, Katherine Stanton, Froggi VanRiper, Loren White [Footnotes is very pleased to present the Decanonizing Anthropology syllabus project. This syllabus was assembled collectively as a final project of the graduate ...

Memorial lawn from the East end. Descriptions from foreground to background: Guns from the USS Missouri and Arizona, law enforcement memorial, Arizona Capitol copper dome.

McCain, Memorialization, and Empire

[Footnotes is proud to present the work of Matthew Chrisler. Matthew Chrisler is a PhD Candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is currently conducting research on education reform movements, racism and colonialism, and nonprofit political networks in occupied O'odham lands (Phoenix, Arizona). He works with groups in the Phoenix metropolitan area ...

What hurricanes taught me about the need for disaster anthropology

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. Like many do, I reflected on where I have come since the last year, and that made me take pause. I live in Houston, so this time last year, like the rest of the city, we were bracing for yet another tropical storm. In this case, that tropical ...

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