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Ethnographic Monographs – or now for something else?

standplaatswereld , April 18th, 2022

By Herbert Ploegman; Didi Boldewijn, Maya Roettger and Lorenzo Horwitz; Alice Riva, Claudia Rapisarda, Elisabeth Jongmans and Jasper Schotte; Ashley Prather and Maira van Emden Two crumpled up…

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Negative heritage and de-normalizing necropolitics

Leyla Safta-Zecheria , January 28th, 2022

Upon entering the Orthodox Christian cemetery in Siret, a town on the Romanian-Ukrainian border, we were met with neatly kept marvel gravestones, occasionally adorned with plastic flowers and…

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Waiting to Be Seen – How I Spent My Time in a Pain Treatment Center as a Patient

The Familiar Strange , December 5th, 2021

I am hospitalized while I am typing this, waiting to be seen for cervical vertebral disease, which is causing a daily numbing sensation in both hands. The wait…

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Reciprocal Vulnerability in the Face of Patriarchal Violence

Pascale Schild , July 7th, 2021

“Everything is research data.” As PhD students we must have heard this statement from teachers, mentors, and supervisors a hundred times. The advice points to the widely held…


“Un-fixing” hormones: searching for the multiple in hormonal selves

Lisa Raeder , October 6th, 2020

What are hormones? While biomedical notions of hormones focus on their biological functions in bodies, hormones are also cultural artifacts, shaping understandings of health, normalcy, and what it…


On The Social Life of TBI

Austin Duncan , September 29th, 2020

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common injury that occurs when a physical blow or force to the head damages the brain inside the skull—full stop. As…


No, “Racial Genetics” Aren’t Affecting COVID-19 Deaths

Sonia Zakrzewski , June 11th, 2020

In the U.K., people of black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds have been disproportionately hard hit by COVID-19. Tim Dennell/Flickr Around the world, there are reports that COVID-1…


U.S. Coronavirus Advice Is Failing Pregnant Women

Zaneta Thayer , May 21st, 2020

Zully, a COVID-19 patient whose last name was withheld for privacy, holds up a photo of her newborn baby, Neysel, on April 24 in Stamford, Connecticut. She gave…


Privilege and Certainty: Middle Classes and Confinement

María Florencia Blanco Esmoris , May 13th, 2020

The house and the body are the protagonists of isolation. In Argentina, staying at home is experienced as an unequal privilege. The coronavirus put on the table such…


Do I Have Microremains in My Teeth?

Anna Goldfield , May 5th, 2020

Southwestern Finland isn’t a great place for archaeologists to find anything other than the sturdiest of remains. The pine needles that fall to the boreal forest floor make…


The life of the coral body by Cameron Allan McKean

Cameron Allan McKean , April 17th, 2020

Life comes apart on the reef. Changes to ocean chemistry and temperature—generated by the fossil-hunger of militarism, extractivism, and industrialism—break open coral worlds on Australia’s northeast…


Could COVID-19 Permanently Change Hand Hygiene?

Gideon Lasco , April 8th, 2020

(no-caption) Malte Mueller/Getty Images Here in the Philippines, as in many parts of the world, there’s been an outbreak of hand sanitizers. Since late January, pump dispensers and…


Race Is Real, But It’s Not Genetic

Alan Goodman , March 13th, 2020

[no-caption] KTS Design/Science Photo Library/Getty Images Please note that this article includes an image of human remains. A friend of mine with Central American, Southern European, and…


Neanderthals: Body of Evidence

SAPIENS , December 10th, 2019

As every fan of crime drama television knows, the human body holds a wealth of information about its once-living owner. Flesh and bugs may tell of time of…


How the Opioid Crackdown Is Hurting Chronic Pain Patients

Amanda Votta , November 26th, 2019

In the wake of a 2016 federal guideline, many chronic pain patients have had difficulty accessing their previous dose of opioids such as oxycodone (above). John Moore/Getty Images…


The Neanderthal Ear—Prone to Irritating Infections

Anna Goldfield , November 12th, 2019

As I sit writing this column post, my sinuses feel like they are made of concrete, and my ears are aching and clogged to the point of causing…


Does Tattooing Boost Health?

Christopher D. Lynn , October 31st, 2019

A Samoan schoolteacher receives a full pe’a, the traditional tattoo generally worn by males. Christopher D. Lynn This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been rep…


Neanderthal Legs and Feet—Suited to Sprinting

Anna Goldfield , October 10th, 2019

If you’re like me, you view long-distance running as a somewhat unrealistic aspiration and see those people who do it well as remarkable creatures. The truth, though, is…


How Rituals of Pain Help Heal

Dimitris Xygalatas , October 4th, 2019

During the kavadi attam ritual in Mauritius, devotees are voluntarily pierced, in some cases hundreds of times. Dimitris Xygalatas Inside a stuffy, overcrowded, and overheated room, a gro…


India’s Third Gender Rises Again

Ina Goel , September 26th, 2019

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, high priestess of a convent of hijras, takes selfies with admirers at India’s 2019 Kumbh Mela religious festival. Ina Goel Laxmi Narayan Tripathi sat on…


The Colour of Coffee: Racism, Gender and Coffee Consumption in 19th Century Algeria

Nina Studer , September 25th, 2019

Today, coffee is consumed everywhere in the world. Despite its neo-colonial forms of production, it is a drink which brings people together, but the consumption of coffee in…

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Neanderthal Bones: Signs of Their Sex Lives

Anna Goldfield , September 12th, 2019

In a cave tucked into the limestone hills of the Asturias region of Spain, there lie the remains of a group of 13 Neanderthals that date to between…


What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting Down Syndrome

Cay Leytham-Powell , August 27th, 2019

Down syndrome is typically caused by an error in cell division during fetal development, which results in an embryo with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. Marcel Hirshegger/SAPIEN…


How Hearts Align in a Muslim Ritual

Christopher Manoharan and Dimitris Xygalatas , August 15th, 2019

Devotees gather for the Sufi ritual of dhikr in downtown Istanbul. Dimitris Xygalatas In downtown Istanbul, Turks in religious garb filter into a large, multistory building. Behind the…