March 2021 Issue Out Now!

This issue includes an introduction from new editor-in chief Elizabeth Chin, ten research articles, a Multimodal Anthropologies reflection from the outgoing editors, a commentary on doing anthropology in the age of COVID and more!

The Limits of Official Statistics

In this post, Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein reflects on official statistics, common misunderstandings, and the COVID-19 numbers we're all becoming increasingly familiar with. She calls on readers to become more knowledgeable about what official statistics can and can't do and to question the epistemic priority that so many people reflexively give to numbers by paying attention to what is not included.

Commentaries on “The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn”

These commentaries respond to Ryan Cecil Jobson’s year-in-review essay, questioning the unitary“we” held to stand in for anthropological practitioners from a variety of vantage points, imaging new horizons for the discipline, and insisting that anthropology contribute to real-time material, affective, and ideological transformations.

Material Transformations of Memory

In this post in our COVID-19 series, the authors undertake a contemporary archaeology of the material changes being seen in the public spaces of Tromsø, Norway, highlighting the discrepancies between everyday practices and government policies.

Special Section: Face and Race

This special section seeks to denaturalize the face as a neutral abstraction and to focus on the relations through which it comes about and the relations it generates, as well as empirically engage with the many ways the face appears in scientific and other practices.

Disease and Pandemics

This virtual issue, prompted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, examines a range of issues, from cultural conceptions of illness and the biomedical aspects of transmission to ethnographic insights from the front lines of treatment and the economic, political, and racial inequalities that shape the trajectories of disease.