Category: Blog Post

Raising Our Concerns: Reflections on AAA 2020

[Footnotes is pleased to present this guest statement by Anthro Response Cauldron - a collective of people who (re)connected over Twitter during ROV, after recognising their shared concerns and sense of urgency for meaningful reform with the AAA. Collective members, who include senior and junior scholars, have chosen to remain anonymous to prevent sanction of ...

Book cover: A possible Anthropology: Methods for Uneasy Times by Anand Pandian

Guest Post: One More Time from the Top: A Review of Anand Pandian’s A Possible Anthropology

[Footnotes is pleased to present this guest post by Daniel Yo-Ling (he/they), an affect alien anthropologist and writer based in Taipei. You can follow them on Twitter @yolingwrites.]  A Possible Anthropology, Fall 2020 So you’ve just finished your first semester of an anthropology PhD program. A few weeks ago, your “Foundations of Anthropology” core curriculum ...

A scene of the sun setting over the ocean. A palm tree in partial view in the bottom left corner. A fishing boats in the distance.

Guest Post: Reflexive Anthropology: Black Women and Ethnographic Performances // Antropología Reflexiva: Mujer Negra y Actos Etnográficos

[Footnotes is pleased to present this guest post by Carolina Nvé Díaz San Francisco in both English and Spanish. Carolina is currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at UNED Madrid, Spain]. What does it mean to be a Black woman anthropologist in the diaspora? As a first year PhD student, I feel compelled to ...

Guest Post: David Graeber’s Strength

[We are pleased to present the thoughts of Olivier Coulaux on the sudden passing of our dear friend, colleague, and mentor, David Graeber. Olivier is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at EHESS in Paris. What follows are his thoughts translated to English followed by the original French.] And if we live, we live to tread ...

A meme of Jessica Krug (left) and Rachel Dolezal (right). This photo is courtesy of Jonathan Rosa's Twitter.

BIPOC Survival – A Conversation about the Malignant Intersection of Narcissism and Racism in Anthropology and Academia

[This article was co-authored by Anar Parikh and Chelsey Carter. Please cite accordingly.] Content Warning: The topics discussed in this piece share experiences of racism, narcissism, and abuse; especially for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals. Chelsey:  The American Academy is a behemoth of narcissism. In my opinion, the establishment itself breeds narcissistic behaviors ...

Frantic Spatio-Temporality of CoVid 19: Social-Distancing and/in the ‘Home’

[Footnotes presents this guest post by authors Bikash Sarma and Shruti Sharma 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. Bikash Sarma recently submitted his Doctoral Thesis from Centre for Comparative ...

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?