Barbara Metcalf describes the frustrations and breakthroughs over nearly forty years that brought her to the conclusions in her 2022 CSSH article, “A Sovereign and Virtuous Body: The Competent Muslim Woman’s Guide to Health in Thanawi’s Bihishtī Zēwar(1905).”
On the 101st anniversary of Soghomon Tehlirian’s trial for the assassination of Talat Pasha, Alp Yenen calls for a post-heroic rethinking of history and memory to overcome the “martyr-avenger complex.”
Jean-Baptiste Pettier describes the central role of parents in the choosing of life partners in urban China, a surprising finding that altered his research trajectory.
Courtney Bender shares more about the childhood game and surrealists’ practice that provided analytic insight in her essay, “Mrs. Rockefeller’s Exquisite Corpse” (CSSH 63-4).
Christine Folch compares the trajectories of yerba mate and yaupon, stimulants she explores in her 2009 and 2021 CSSH essays, to understand why yaupon never took off.
In this companion essay to his recent CSSH article, “Burying “Zik of Africa”: The Politics of Death and Cultural Crisis,” Wale Adebanwi discusses the insights revealed by returning as an anthropologist to events first explored as a journalist.
Ali Sipahi describes how the Gezi Park protests of 2013 transformed his thinking about the 1985 massacres of Armenians in Harput, Turkey, analyzed in his recent CSSH essay, “Deception and Violence in the Ottoman Empire: The People’s Theory of Crowd Behavior during the Hamidian Massacres of 1895.”
Mark Anthony Geraghty provides a true “behind the scenes” account of the corruption and illicit negotiations that impact trial outcomes in the New Rwanda’s Gacaca courts.
In this essay, Daniel Monterescu and Ariel Handel take us “behind the scenes” of the disciplinary and geopolitical border-crossing fieldwork that formed the basis of their recent CSSH article, “Terroir and Territory on the Colonial Frontier: Making New-Old World Wine in the Holy Land.”
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.”