When Saidiya Hartman visits the slave fort for the first time, she confronts the sight and smell of waste and dirt in the dungeon cells. She travels to Ghana to experience a diasporic connection with her ancestors, but there is no sign of the enslaved within the grimy walls of the fort. Considering the emptiness of this archive, the slave fort is a site of heritage tourism that fails in its purpose of commemorating the dead.
A Platform on Representation, Engagement, and Community
Sensing Landscape: From Ethnographic Walks to Heritage Making in Kodagu
The tactile power of the moist black mountain soil that has nourished the coffee estate for nearly a hundred and fifty years ran deep through the cold veins of my bare feet resting on the earth.
Waste Beyond Management: Understanding the Waste Crisis at the Intersection of The Human and Non-Human Worlds
This essay is a preliminary reflection on some of the human and other aspects of the waste-crisis I came across during fieldwork in the Bhalswa landfill located on the periphery of North-West Delhi.
Asylums and the Question of Place: The Ghosts of Failed Health Initiatives
When an initiative fails, I like to think about what it got right, what it got wrong, and what parts can be modified and improved.
Seeds, Context, and Environment: the Relationship Between Seed Testing Scientists and Their Object of Study
Have you ever held seeds in the palm of your hands?