We are delighted to present our 21st issue
which unpacks and tackles 21st century problems. You will see a cover photograph of a Wari’ basket being woven, taken by Aparecida Vilaça; a substantially renewed masthead; and two editorial notes, one a goodbye the other an outline of the orientations of futures projects by the editorial collective. We begin with two lectures: Deconstructing anthropology,
the inaugural Stephen F. Gudeman Lecture by Adam Kuper, and Michael Herzfeld’s 2018 Lewis H. Morgan Lecture What is a polity?
. The issue also features a Special Issue on science with a dozen remarkable studies by a stellar group of contributors from a number of different fields, including social anthropology, the history of philosophy, science and mathematics, and computer science. This collection edited by Geoffrey Lloyd, a philosopher, and Aparecida Vilaça, an anthropologist is a classic Hau
assembly engaging with themes that have animated the journal since its inception: translation, comparison, indigenous modes of thought.
The issue’s Book Symposium is on After Ethnos
, by Tobias Rees. After Ethnos
is a provocative invitation to rethink contemporary anthropology: against its disciplinary history and into an open future. After Ethnos
raises questions about the state of the discipline today: On which configurations is anthropological work based? What -graphies are anthropologists doing and what -logy are they part of? The symposium, coordinated by Sandra Bärnreuther and Johannes Quack, is a tour de force about the relationship between anthropology and ethnography, asking: can the two modes of knowledge be decoupled? Can anthropology exist without human beings at its center? Answers and challenges are provided by the contributions by Tim Ingold, Carolyn Rouse, Gregor Dobler, Paul Kockelman and a rebuttal by Tobias Rees. In critical conversation with the book, all contributors, who represent different generations, different theoretical approaches, and different regional traditions, address timely and far-reaching questions about the past, present, and future of anthropology.
And then there is Pandora’s Box
, the unedited typescript of Gilbert Lewis’ 1979 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture on medicine and human progress, and behind it lies the question: Has there been progress, who was healthier? The book based on Gilbert Lewis’s lectures will be released for the first time by HauBooks in the near future as part of a ongoing collaboration with the University of Rochester to unbury unpublished Morgan lectures, inaugurated in 2015 with the publication of Emily Martin’s The meaning of money in China and the United States
Contributors to this issue are: Adam Kuper, Michael Herzfeld, Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd, Aparecida Vilaça, Marilyn Strathern, Serafina Cuomo, Mauro W. B. de Almeida, Karine Chemla, Agathe Keller, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Alan F. Blackwell, Willard McCarty, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Nicholas Jardine, Sandra Bärnreuther, Johannes Quack, Tim Ingold, Carolyn Rouse, Gregor Dobler, Paul Kockelman, Tobias Rees, Gilbert Lewis.
Our entire 21st issue is free to download for one month. Five articles will remain permanently open access, including those of several scholars based in the Global South.