Volume 60, #1 // January 2018

Theories have histories and spatial locations. Certain foci of anthropological or historical reflection are, unsurprisingly, beholden to specific regions: spirit possession and postcolonialism gathered in relation to Africa, and India; revolution, to France, the U.S., Haiti, and Russia; territoriality and spatial semiotics to indigenous groups of the Americas or Australia; “ethnic nationalism,” to Germany and Eastern Europe; creolization and transculturation, to the Caribbean. These geo-theoretical productions inflect and act recursively on and in the lives of social actors who inherit them in those sites, and who live in their sediment.


How does one do scholarship in dialogue with the dead? After reading Chris Moffat’s essay, “Politics and the Work of the Dead in Modern India,” we thought he might have good answers to that question. So we asked him. Read on for his intriguing response.

February 2018

Congratulations to Michael Meng (“Monuments of Ruination in Postwar Berlin and Warsaw: The Architectural Projects of Bohdan Lachert and Daniel Libeskind,”CSSH 59-3, and “On Authoritarianism. A Review Essay,” 59-4) on his new co-edited volume, Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective.

CSSH congratulates Alain Mikhail (co-author, with Christine M. Philliou, of “The Ottoman Empire and the Imperial Turn,” ​CSSH 54-4), as the winner of the Humboldt Foundation’s 2018 Anneliese Maier Award. 

Registers of Indigeneity

CSSH has a longstanding tradition of juxtaposing essays for comparative effect. Our readers enjoy this ritual, but we often wonder what our authors think of it. Under the Rubric gives CSSH authors a chance to respond directly to each other’s work, drawing additional insight and inspiration from their arguments. REGISTERS OF INDIGENEITY Uditi Sen, Developing Terra Nullius: Colonialism, Nationalism, and…

Authoritarianism and Trump

In his CSSH review essay, “On Authoritarianism,” Michael Meng investigates the history of authoritarianism and provides a comparative study of authoritarian regimes. In his reflections below, he turns his attention to the nature of current presidential politics in the United States. A number of historians have attempted to place Donald Trump’s presidency in historical perspective. Most…

January 2018

Congratulations are in order for Keith Hart (CSSH 49-2, 2007, “Marcel Mauss: In Pursuit of the Whole. A Review Essay“) who recently published a new edited volume, Money in a Human Economy. From Berghahn’s website: A human economy puts people first in emergent world society. Money is a human universal and now takes the divisive form of…

December 2017

CSSH congratulates Joel Cabrita (CSSH 57-2, 2015, “People of Adam: Divine Healing and Racial Cosmopolitanism in the Early Twentieth-Century Transvaal, South Africa“) on the publication of his forthcoming book, The People’s Zion: Southern Africa, the United States, and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement Harvard University Press describes the books as follows: In The People’s Zion, Joel Cabrita tells the transatlantic…