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Nature itself
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The issue begins with a Special Section on “Witnessing Environments” collected and introduced by Sarah Vaughn and Daniel Fisher. With contributions by Sally Babidge on groundwater extraction by the copper and lithium mining industry in the Salar de Atacama, by Amy Elizabeth Stambach and Aikande Clement Kwayu on another water battle south of the Kilimanjaro, by Nicola Martellozzo on windstorms uprooting the forests of the Fiemme valley in Italy, by Maria Salomea Dębińska on climate change activism in Poland, by Amelia Moore on the “global coral-bleaching event”, by Daniel Fisher on the mediatization of Australian forest fires, by Jennifer C. Hsieh on how noise can disturb the functioning of organs and many other things in urban Taiwan, by Sarah Vaughn on the prevention of potential storm-floods in Guyana, by Steffen Dalsgaard, Rasmus Tyge Haarløv, and Mikkel Bille on DIY air pollution data collecting in Copenhagen, and by Timothy McLellan on a agro-environmental laboratory in southwest China.

One lesson of our times and this issue is that nature always comes back, both conceptually and practically. No matter how many anthropologists declare, for example, that nature/culture dualisms are Western or colonial in origin, other writers, and anthropologists, find new uses for “nature”.
Read our editorial note "Nature itself"
Some of our research articles continue the environmental focus of this issue. Ariel Appel explores how Israeli neoforagers think ecologically in ecoshamanist and neoanimist ways, and Jennie Olofsson takes us to the opposite environs, municipal waste facility sites in Sweden. Mélanie Congretel, Geoffroy Filoche, Henrique dos Santos Pereira, and Florence Pinton show us how the Sateré-Mawé indigenous people from the Brazilian Amazon cultivate and distribute guaraná, a highly caffeinated and energizing plant.

Ross Porter reexamines assumptions about freedom and revolution as a liberatory arena of self-realization, with a focus on the aftermath of the 2011 Yemeni Revolution. Robert P. Weller addresses questions of why some histories, images, events, and ghosts haunt us while others fade away in relation to two photographs, including of the Chinese goddess, Fengzhen.

In Twilight states: Comparing case studies of hysteria and spirit possession Christopher Santiago contrasts the failed attempt at psychoanalysis of Anna O. with successful attempts to cure patients by Khady Fall, a possessed Wolof priestess. The article provides a masterful review and extension of a psychoanalytic anthropology. Michelle MacCarthy also analyzes spirits in her analysis of rebirth in the Trobriand Islands, where women become witches after being ingested by their mothers and “born again” from their anuses, in an aberration of normal birthing. As evangelical Christianity spreads through the islands, many women reject their status as witches by being reborn a second time in the spirit of Christ.

Beth Sutton considers neurodivergent (ND) people, identifying a fundamental problem in both their underrepresentation and their misrepresentation. Sutton’s own diagnoses with autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity greatly enrich her ethnography. Her article is therefore a pioneering contribution by and with ND people. Based on her final-year undergraduate thesis, this peer-reviewed article also marks the first time such an output has been published in Hau, reflecting our continuing endeavour to support gifted young scholars.
“I like you being here” by Beth Sutton
In the final research article of the issue, Donna M. Goldstein and Kira Hall, the co-authors of the 2016 much read Hau article The hands of Donald Trump: Entertainment, gesture, spectacle turn to the theme of communication through gestures but on a Darwinian scale: they ask what role gesture plays in scientific theories that question or affirm “human exceptionalism,” particularly those which compare humans to the great apes. While providing a profound reflection on the role of gesture in communication, the authors also offer a powerful defense of ethnography as a method for studying both human and nonhuman forms of meaning-making.
Read "Darwin’s hug" by Donna M. Goldstein and Kira Hall
We move from research articles to a Festschrift with a poignant note. Four anthropologists who contributed greatly to Hau have passed away this year. While saddened by their passing, we continue to celebrate their contributions to anthropology. Manuka Henare was a long-standing member of the Society for Ethnographic Theory. Sally Falk Moore reached the age we wish everyone could reach, 97, and five years before her death we published a compilation of articles spanning her entire career, with a title close to our conceptual heart: Comparing ImpossibilitiesMarshall Sahlins both coauthored the Hau Books publication, On Kings, and contributed to the journal. A model of erudition, he died after completing a final book, whose publication we eagerly await. Paul Rabinow featured in a well received Hau lecture that hoped for and outlined a way to overcome the prevailing governmental mechanisms of the academy.

During his long career at the University of California, Berkeley, Rabinow mentored scores of students who themselves have now made significant contributions to anthropology. Ten former graduate students or postdoctoral fellows associated with him feature in this Festschrift along with a concluding statement by Ann Laura Stoler. The Festschrift organized by Teresa P. R. Caldeira and Stephen J. Collier proceeds in a roughly chronological order, beginning with students from the earliest phases of Rabinow’s tenure at Berkeley. Rabinow was a continually experimenting anthropological researcher and thinker. This organization thus reveals Rabinow’s evolving concerns at different phases of his career. With contributions by Stephen J. CollieTeresa P. R. CaldeiraPeter RedfieldRebecca LemovAndrew LakoffDuana FullwileyNicolas LanglitzTalia Dan-CohenRoy A. Fisher, and Janet Roitman.

The editorial collective will consider collections of both shorter and longer essays dedicated to interpreting the oeuvre of particular scholars. Proposals will be evaluated not so much in terms of the fame of the scholar honored, but in terms of how the essays illuminate a particular style of research and pedagogy that is of interest to the wider discipline.
Read "For Paul Rabinow" by Ann Laura Stoler
HAU's original idea to foreground the Book Symposium and forgo the book review is a decade old too and we are happy to see other journals adopting the model. We have included Symposia on three books in this issue, all exceptional in their own ways.

Forgiveness works: Mercy, law, and victims’ rights in Iran by Arzoo Osanloo (2020), explores the institution of mercy in the Iranian legal system, through which victims or the families of victims may forgive offenders, especially in murder cases. With essays on the book and mediations on violence, mercy, uncertainty and Persian and Islamic law by Milad OdabaeiSetrag ManoukianMichael G. PeletzJohn R. BowenKatherine LemonsNada Moumtaz and a reply by the author.

The ethics of space: Homelessness and squatting in urban England by Steph Grohmann (published open access by Hau  Books, 2020), examines the moral logics and the practicalities of occupying, sharing, defending, and contesting space among otherwise homeless squatters in the UK. Grohmann pays close attention to the gendered phenomenology of dwelling in space, the political environment and laws that govern squatting, the removal of squatters, the care for the homeless in England, and the forms of moral reasoning squatters enunciate. With essays on the book and reflections on surplus time, drugs, critiques of phenomenology, and a comparison with squatting in China by Joshua BurrawayWebb KeaneKim HopperAlan Smart and a reply by the author.

Against nature by Lorraine Daston (2019) gives us a short and precise argument: human beings derive their moral norms from framings of nature, thereby naturalizing moral orders. Daston, a historian of science, points to the existence of at least three forms of nature that are used for this purpose: the specific natures of particular species of plants or animals, the nature of an environment, setting, or place, and universal forms of nature, as in “the laws of nature”. With replies and other thoughts on evolutionary anthropology, Chinese medicinal knowledge, the “specific natures” of European thought, and its political economic underpinnings by Nicolas LanglitzPhilippe DescolaMelissa LeachGonçalo D. SantosJudith Farquhar and a reply by the author.

This issue also includes our first two Re-Currents, articles revisiting topics discussed in earlier Currents sections of the journal. In the first, Katy Pui Man Chan reexamines the Hong Kong protests of 2019 from the point of view of the activists. In the second, Aarti Sethi revisits some of the contributions to the “India’s Constitutional Crisis” Currents section.

The issue ends with Christopher Pinney’s unedited scholarship, partly delivered as a M. N. Srinivas Lecture at the Kings College’s India Institute in 2015. Pinney pays homage to Srinivas by focusing on the role of the camera in Srinivas’s renowned book, The remembered village. In this image-rich text, the author explores the relationship of photography to memory, evidence, and politics, and shares his own photographs such as the above image of an early morning Holi fire.

In our next issues we will continue the Hau tradition of publishing reprints and translations, and we are committed to keeping these valuable and distinct additions to the disciplinary landscape permanently open access. If you are missing these in the current issue why not return for now to our very first issue, where we published three translations of Maurice Godelier, including Begetting ordinary humans, as well as Begetting extraordinary humans, and reprinted Evans-Pritchard's 1948 Frazer Lecture, The divine kingship of the Shilluk and David Schneider's always timely Some muddles in the models or, how the system really works.

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