The journal is edited by anthropologist Matthew Wolf-Meyer . In his editorial he explains that After Culture is intended as international, open access, and run primarily by graduate students. One of the central issues for the journal is: How are we to explain the worlds we interact with and perceive when “culture” as an explanatory concept, as a causal force, had been debunked?
In the interview, Marcus reviews the common pitfalls of students’ first projects and offers his thoughts towards new framings of research design that can evolve out of “research imaginaries.” These new framings expose the tensions between the opportunities and pressures of collaboration in the field and older, simpler technologies of individual knowing. They also open the door to searching for critical data, challenging well-worn fieldwork tropes, and preparing for the reception of one’s work.