Understanding “Cultural Understanding”: Julie Gibbings and Jacob Tropp follow the concept from coffee plantations to Indian reservations, counterinsurgency campaigns, and the careers of international development experts

In our Spring 2020 issue, Julie Gibbings and Jacob Tropp guide us through several telling cases of cultural, or intercultural, understanding. Our editors saw “expediency” as a theme that unites the essays, but there are many others. Tropp and Gibbings tell us more.

May 2020

Congratulations to Marc Baer on the publication of his new book, “German, Jew, Muslim, Gay:
The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus” (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Decades on Disease

As coronavirus (COVID-19) commands attention worldwide, CSSH turns to its archives to gain insight. Here we have collected decades of excellent scholarship on disease and epidemics.

April 2020

CSSH congratulates Carole McGranahan on the publication of her new book, Writing Anthropology: Essays on Craft and Commitment, and to Jatin Dua for the recent publication of his manuscript, Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean.

Of Tefillin, Textiles, and Tech?

Samuel Sami Everett explores multiple dimensions of distance that shape his relationship to the Parisian neighborhood of le Sentier, the location of his study of multireligious ethno-commercial exchanges in his CSSH article, “Une Ambiance Diaspora: Continuity and Change in Parisian Maghrebi Imaginaries.”

March 2020

Congratulations to Michael Peletz on the publication of his book Sharia Transformations: Cultural Politics and the Rebranding of an Islamic Judiciary (University of California Press, 2020).