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.”
Arthur Shiwa Zárate shares insights into the journey that led to the research he conducted for his CSSH essay, “The American Sufis: Self-Help, Sufism, and Metaphysical Religion in Postcolonial Egypt.”
In this essay, Hans Steinmüller provides some additional insights from his fieldwork in the Wa State of Myanmar that formed the basis of his recent CSSH article, “Conscription by Capture in the Wa State of Myanmar: Acquaintances, Anonymity, Patronage, and the Rejection of Mutuality.”
This essay addresses the relationship between Vlad Naumescu’s 2019 CSSH article, “Pedagogies of Prayer: Teaching Orthodoxy in South India,” and a short documentary film that the author produced several years ago as part of the same research project. It reflects on the relationship between film and text and on the possibilities that the combination of the two media afford.
Saygun Gökarıksel discusses the research methods and ideas that inform his essay, “Facing History: Sovereignty and the Spectacles of Justice and Violence in Poland’s Capitalist Democracy.”