Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

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Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as 'globalization' or 'empire'.

Seeking contributions on all world regions, Focaal is unique among anthropology journals for consistently rejecting the old separations between 'at home' and 'abroad' , 'center' and 'periphery'. The journal therefore strives for the resurrection of an 'anthropology at large', that can accommodate issues of the global south, post-socialism, mobility, metropolitan experience, capitalist power and popular resistance into integrated perspectives.

Introducing: FocaalBlog, which aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available.

Current Issue, Focaal 69


Edited by Birgit Müller



Introduction: Seeds — Grown, governed, and contested, or the ontic in political anthropology
Birgit Müller

Actually existing tomatoes: Politics of memory, variety, and empire in Latvian struggles over seeds
Guntra A. Aistara

The seed and the citizen: Biosocial networks of confiscation and destruction in Canada
Birgit Müller

A political ontology of seeds: The transformative frictions of a farmers’ movement in Europe
Elise Demeulenaere



Testimonio and secrecy in a traumatic past: The “times of danger” in the visual art of Sarhua
Olga González

The booming global market of contemporary art
Thomas Fillitz

Tracing creative moments: The emerging translocal dervish cults in Bosnia-Herzegovina
David Henig



Mavericks: Harvey, Graeber, and the reunification of anarchism and Marxism in world anthropology
Don Kalb