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    • A Future History of Water 

      Ballestero, Andrea (2019)
    • Aeolian Extractivism and Community Wind in Southern Mexico 

      Howe, Cymene; Boyer, Dominic (2016)
      The conditions of the Anthropocene, and the relative novelty of renewable energy forms, demonstrate the experimental plasticity of our era. Existing infrastructures of energy, political power, and capital can resist the more revolutionary ambitions of renewable energy to mitigate climate change and promote collaborative energy production, such as ...
    • Aeolian politics 

      Our project in this article is to unwind ‘wind power’ as a consolidated conceptual object and to consider the ventifactual arrangements of its political materiality. In a time when carbon incineration has been exposed as among the greatest ecological threats to humanity and other life on the planet, renewable energy forms, like wind power, are commonly ...
    • After war 

      Wool, Zoë H. (2016)
      In the United States – as in other places in the ambit of biomedicine – the efforts exerted on and by injured soldiers’ bodies in the aftermath of war are generally understood under the familiar medical rubric of ‘rehabilitation’. This reflection troubles that term by moving away from the medical logic of rehabilitation and its telos of injury and ...
    • Anthropocene Unseen : A Lexicon 

      Howe, Cymene; Pandian, Anand (2020)
      The idea of the Anthropocene often generates an overwhelming sense of abjection or apathy. It occupies the imagination as a set of circumstances that counterpose individual human actors against ungraspable scales and impossible odds. There is much at stake in how we understand the implications of this planetary imagination, and how to plot paths from ...
    • Anthropocenic Ecoauthority: The Winds of Oaxaca 

      Howe, Cymene (2014)
      This article analyzes the development of wind parks across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Oaxaca, Mexico) and, in turn, how a politics of resistance and local perceptions of environmental peril have challenged renewable energy transitions. In the fraught debates surrounding the massive Mareña Renovables wind park, dramatic distinctions have emerged ...
    • Anthropologies of ethics: Where we've been, where we are, where we might go 

      Faubion, James D. (2014)
      Comment on Laidlaw, James. 2014. The subject of virtue: An anthropology of ethics and freedom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Capacity as Aggregation: Promises, Water and a Form of Collective Care in Northeast Brazil 

      Ballestero, Andrea (2017)
      As the twenty-first century gets underway, people have been experimenting with many forms of political organization. In Northeast Brazil, that experimental spirit led to the creation of the Water Pact, a process involving more than eight thousand participants through a series of public promise-making rituals in which they made pledges to care for ...
    • Chemical analysis of glass beads from Igbo Olokun, Ile-Ife (SW Nigeria): New light on raw materials, production, and interregional interactions 

      Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde; Dussubieux, Laure; McIntosh, Susan Keech; Rehren, Thilo (2018)
      The site of Igbo Olokun on the northern periphery of Ile-Ife has been recognized as a glass-working workshop for over a century. Its glass-encrusted crucibles and beads were viewed as evidence of secondary processing of imported glass until the high lime, high alumina (HLHA) composition of the glass was recognized as unique to the region. Archaeological ...
    • Coins in Context: Local Economy, Value and Practice on the East African Swahili Coast 

      Coinage occupies an unusual position in archaeological research. Thriving scholarship on numismatics and monetary history ensures that the objects themselves are well-studied, often seen as an indication of chronology and of stylistic and commercial links. Yet coins might also be analysed as artefacts, and explored as part of the symbolic world of ...
    • Collagen fingerprinting traces the introduction of caprines to island Eastern Africa 

      Culley, Courtney; Janzen, Anneke; Brown, Samantha; Prendergast, Mary E.; Wolfhagen, Jesse; (2021)
      The human colonization of eastern Africa's near- and offshore islands was accompanied by the translocation of several domestic, wild and commensal fauna, many of which had long-term impacts on local environments. To better understand the timing and nature of the introduction of domesticated caprines (sheep and goat) to these islands, this study applied ...
    • Confident futures: Community-based organizations as first responders and agents of change in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic 

      Roels, Nastasja Ilonka; Estrella, Amarilys; Maldonado-Salcedo, Melissa; Rapp, Rayna; Hansen, Helena; (2022)
      This comparative study of community organizations serving marginalized youth in New York City and Amsterdam utilized a novel ethnographic approach called reverse engineering to identify techniques for social change that are active in each organization, adaptable and translatable to other contexts. It found that youth-serving organizations led flexible ...
    • Cooperation and Co-optation in Transnational Activism 

      Howe, Cymene (2010)
      Cooperation and co-optation, despite their shared prefixes, seem to suggest very different approaches to establishing coalitions, politics and sociality. Where cooperation suggests prioritizing collective knowledge - shared ways of thinking, being and doing - co-optation is often understood as a kind of political thievery, usurping the politics, ...
    • A deposit of Kilwa-type coins from Songo Mnara, Tanzania 

      Perkins, John; Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie (2014)
      A deposit of coins was recovered during excavations at Songo Mnara, Tanzania, containing over 300 copper Kilwa-type coins. This is the first deposit or hoard of these coins found in a well defined archaeological context and it therefore offers a unique glimpse into both the typology of these coins and their contemporary uses. The ramifications of the ...
    • Developments in Rural Life on the Eastern African Coast, A.D. 700–1500 

      LaViolette, Adria; Fleisher, Jeffrey B. (2018)
      The eastern African coast is known for its Swahili “stonetowns.” Archaeological study of stonetowns has overshadowed that of Swahili rural life, and how it reformulated in the context of urban transformations after A.D. 1000. To help redress that imbalance, we focus here on village research carried out in a Swahili heartland—Pemba Island, Tanzania—in ...
    • Diet, economy, and culinary practices at the height of precolonial Swahili urbanism 

      Quintana Morales, Eréndira M.; Craig, Oliver E.; Prendergast, Mary E.; Walshaw, Sarah; Cartaciano, Christina; (2022)
      Swahili cuisine is known across Africa and globally as a highly distinctive product of a cosmopolitan, coastal, urban society. Here we present a comprehensive study of precolonial Swahili diet and culinary practices at the coastal town of Songo Mnara, positioning archaeological and ethnographic understandings of cuisine in a long-term coastal tradition. ...
    • Ecologics 

      Howe, Cymene (2019)
    • Energopolitics 

      Boyer, Dominic (2019)
    • Epistemic Engineering and the Lucha for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua 

      Howe, Cymene (2013)
      From 1992 to 2007, Nicaragua had the dubious distinction of maintaining the most repressive antisodomy law in the Americas. Based upon several years of field research with activists involved in what they have called the lucha for sexual rights, this article considers the “epistemological engineering” of Nicaragua's sexual rights struggle. It discusses ...
    • Equids can also make stone artefacts 

      Domínguez-Solera, Santiago David; Maíllo-Fernández, José-Manuel; Baquedano, Enrique; Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel (2021)
      Identifying how early humans flaked stone tools is one of the crucial elements in hominin evolution. Here, we show that equids can sometimes also produce equally complex cores with conchoidal breakages that exhibit the characteristics of intentionally-flaked hominin artefacts by bipolar technique and methods. As a result, sharp edged flakes with ...