The Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) stands as a witness to the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmad Aubrey. CASCA acknowledges the anguish and outrage felt by Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities in both Canada and the United States for the continual and historical violence perpetuated by individual and state actors, including the police, who reproduce and benefit from the current structural inequalities. We also recognize that the struggle against the ongoing violence of systemic racism is a burden disproportionately carried by Black, Indigenous, and racialized individuals and communities. This can no longer stand and we can no longer be complacent. As anthropologists, it is our responsibility to identify and speak against settler colonialism, systemic racism, racialized violence, and hate. Through our teaching and research, we pledge to work each day to foster a community of inclusiveness, respect, and solidarity among our members and with the broader community.
The COVID-19 global health emergency has given rise to unprecedented challenges in society, with complex effects. Anthropologists are inclined to think about the impacts of the pandemic on our changing world, and also on our work as social scientists and critical thinkers. Because few anthropologists will have had the time or funding to address the current pandemic in any depth as of yet, we see this as the right time to offer the space for reflection pieces, photo-essays, and dispatches or narratives from frontline workers, volunteers, activists, professors, and citizens, as well as research papers for those of you in the field amidst the public health crisis, social distancing, and travel restrictions. Anthropologica invites submissions that offer anthropological insight into experiences and ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anthropologists and Their Worlds - A Series: This series presents audiovisual testimonies and reflections of Canadian anthropologists. Guests share their field experiences and their intellectual trajectories as well as the knowledge they have accumulated over the years, in different "worlds". The series offers long narrations of anthropologists, filmed in their environment, thinking back their disciplinary vocation and their work, talking about their intellectual contribution in methodological, empirical or theoretical fields. The films are open access. This series is produced by Anthropologie et Sociétés, the anthropology department of Université Laval, Anthropologica, and CASCA, and directed by Frédéric Benjamin Laugrand. The series received financial support from these institutions, and from the SHRCC and the IXE Commission mixte permanente Québec / Wallonie-Bruxelle. To see the whole series, visit the Anthropologie et Sociétés website, and follow the Facebook page.