Paradoxically, my confidence that this is indeed ethnography increases as my anxieties multiply. They are all ones I recognize as common to fieldwork. First, I worry, ‘What if my site is uninteresting?’ What if nothing happens here? What if no … Continue reading
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[comments for the 2015 AAA Roundtable: Force and Power in the Anthropocene: Muse Words, by John Hartigan] The Anthropocene posits a very powerful species, one whose presence has registered even on the densely slow scale of the Earth’s geology. But … Continue reading
Over the course of my fieldwork on botanical gardens in Spain, I began worrying I wasn’t paying enough attention to the plants and that I would only end up analyzing representations. Acting on this concern led me to seek … Continue reading
In 1799, on a long march across Egypt, Napoleon’s army quenched its collective thirst with water that, soldiers later learned, was filled with little stowaways. En mass, soldiers’ throats and bellies swelled; few ate or slept; they vomited; several died. … Continue reading
What just happened in Anthropology? In the 2013 annual meeting there were zero abstracts or paper or panel titles featuring the word “Anthropocene”; this year there were 64! Compare that with “multispecies,” which has held steady at between 16-23 invocations … Continue reading