Category: Blog Post

Listen to Black Women…please?

I woke up at 11:01 this morning. I was too tired and too sad to go on a long walk with my pitbull, Nala. But regardless of my physical and emotional state, she still needed to go outside. I struggled with the only decision I make these days: “To wear a bra?” or “Not to ...

“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 ...

Sorry, We’re Closed

[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 Delmar Loop, a stretch of what was once racialized as the “Delmar Divide” for the way it separates ...

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 ...

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 ...

Love will tear us apart

I can’t believe I’m having to write this, a matter of days after I finished editing and publishing something I felt proud about - my first public anthropology writing. But, no I absolutely do not believe it’s ok to fuck your students. Voices stronger and more grounded than I have expressed the issues with queer ...

All you need is love…

In her two part article Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Dr Stefanie Mauksch narrates the pedagogical experiments that she and her co-teacher Dr Friederike Eichner. These experiments were explored in their undergraduate seminar “anthropology of the body, kinship, and gender.” Mauksch’s project is to examine how “embracing bodiness might affect (her) pedagogy.” Her work ...