All posts by Jessica Chandras

Jessica is a visiting assistant professor in cultural and linguistic Anthropology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her work focuses on language, power, and identity in education across projects spanning India and rural Ohio.

“Altering the Mode of Sociality”: Communicating through quarantine

[Footnotes presents this essay as part of a series addressing reconceptualizing space and social interaction during Covid19, as the Covid19 pandemic forces us to rethink our social lives and how we use and interact in various spaces.] The shelter-in-place/lockdown/quarantine orders that took shape in March 2020 in many states have brought out new social dimensions ...

Our Ethnographic Ear: Using sound as an ethnographic tool and product

Our megalopoli are deafening: who would put up with this hellish din if we didn't simply expect that with a group comes a racket? Being part of one means not hearing it. The better integrated you are, the less you notice it; the more you suffer from it, the less well-integrated you are. Shouts, car-horns, whistles, engines, cries, brawls, ...