American Ethnologist

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Edited By: Niko Besnier

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Online ISSN: 1548-1425

Virtual Issue: In/visibility


American Ethnologist virtual issue, In/Visibility: Projects, Media, Politics, 2012–2013
Guest edited by Samuel Martínez

Introduction
SAMUEL MARTÍNEZ

The visible and the unseen are states of growing anthropological engagement, as this selection of articles published in American Ethnologist in 2012 and 2013 clearly shows. “In/visibility,” the theme of the 2014 AES spring meeting, organized in collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology, looks to visibilization and concealment, and their ambiguous thresholds, as prompts to new questions in the domains of politics, the economy, religion, media, social inequality, citizenship, security, human rights, and humanitarianism. Those emergent questions insist that visibility and invisibility are active processes, not merely empirical states or static qualities of appearance or nonappearance. The articles in this virtual issue of AE draw on a thread that ties creative contemporary sociocultural engagements in anthropology to older questions of method, meaning, and representation, in a renewed exploration of concealment and revelation, silence and disclosure, manifestation and latency, and their boundaries and transformations as forces in the constitution of cultural worldviews and social categories and inequalities. At issue in these articles and in other recent AE articles are current public controversies about “dark sites” in politics, national security, and law; shadow, alien, and regulated forms within citizenship and the environment; techniques of legibility and surveillance and their evasion; visual media’s growing influence; and the hopes and fears pinned on emerging technologies.

Silence and disclosure in knowledge/power regimes

Public secrets in public health: Knowing not to know while making scientific knowledge
P. W. GEISSLER

Commentary: Eyes wide shut in transnational science
PETER REDFIELD

Exhuming the defeated: Civil War mass graves
FRANCISCO FERRÁNDIZ

Revealing inequalities among media and their publics

Religious cosmopolitanisms: Media, transnational Santería, and travel between the United States and Cuba
AISHA BELISO-DE JESUS

Making transnational publics: Circuits of censorship and technologies of publicity in Kurdish media circulation
SUNCEM KOCER

Grown folks radio: U.S. election politics and a “hidden” black counterpublic
MICAELA DI LEONARDO

The politics of wire service photography: Infrastructures of representation in a digital newsroom
ZEYNEP DEVRIM GÜRSEL

Performing and perceiving citizenship

The social aesthetics of eligibility: NGO aid and indeterminacy in the Greek asylum process
HEATH CABOT

Clean fake: Authenticating documents and persons in migrant Moscow
MADELEINE REEVES

The photographer’s body: Populism, polarization, and the uses of victimhood in Venezuela
ROBERT SAMET

Creating model consumers: Producing ethnicity, race, and class in Asian American advertising
SHALINI SHANKAR

Rite of passing: Bureaucratic encounters, dramaturgy, and Jewish conversion in Israel
MICHAL KRAVEL-TOVI

Concealment and revelation in the constitution of the social

Cruising through uncertainty: Cell phones and the politics of display and disguise in Inhambane, Mozambique
JULIE SOLEIL ARCHAMBAULT

“The world is a forest of symbols”: Italian Freemasonry and the practice of discretion
LILITH MAHMUD

The ethical made visible

A cultural geometry: Designing political things in Sweden
KEITH M. MURPHY

The bodily threat of miracles: Security, sacramentality, and the Egyptian politics of public order
ANGIE HEO

Rhizomes and other uncountables: The malaise of enumeration in Mexico's Colorado River Delta
SHAYLIH MUEHLMANN

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