nadia abu el- haj is a professor of anthropology at Barnard College
of Columbia University and codirector of the Center for Palestine Studies at
Columbia. Her work straddles the disciplines of anthropology and history of
science, concerned with the relationships among scientific practices, social
imaginaries, and po litical regimes. Her current research traces shifting under-
standings of combat trauma from the post- Vietnam era to the pres ent. Her
publications include Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Terri-
torial Self- Fashioning in Israeli Society (2001) and The Genealogical Science:
The Politics of Epistemology and the Search for Jewish Origins (2012).

jonathan benthall is an honorary research fellow in the Depart-
ment of Anthropology, University College London, and director emeritus of
the Royal Anthropological Institute. During his directorship he steered the
Institute toward more participation in public affairs and was the founding
editor of the journal Anthropology Today. Recently he has focused his research
on the overlaps between religion and humanitarianism, with special reference
to Islam. His publications include The Best of Anthropology Today (2002),
Returning to Religion: Why a Secular Age Is Haunted by Faith (2008), and
Islamic Charities and Islamic Humanism in Troubled Times (2016).

lucas bessire is an assistant professor of anthropology at the Univer-
sity of Oklahoma who works on politics, media, and indigeneity in the Amer-
i cas. He has made two documentary films and his publications include Radio
Fields: Anthropology and Wireless Sound in the 21st  Century (2012, coedited
with Daniel Fisher) and Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo
Life (2014). 

joão biehl is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and a
Woodrow Wilson School faculty associate at Prince ton University and the
codirector of Prince ton’s Global Health Program. He is the author of the
award- winning books Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (2005, up-
dated 2013) and Will to Live: aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival
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