In “Here Be Dragons: Mapping an Ethnography of Global Danger,” now available ahead of print in Current Anthropology, anthropologist Ruben Andersson considers how, on today’s risk-filled maps, stains of menacing red are spreading across areas where in Medieval times exotic beasts would have marked the limits of western knowledge. Now the beasts are back, or so we hear on the news: vague threats are lurking in far-fetched corners of our maps, areas where the inhabitants of the western world no longer dare venture.

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Ruben Andersson
Ruben Andersson

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Also on this topic: What stakes are involved as parts of the world are selectively distanced from and unevenly re-connected to global centres of power, and who wins and who loses out in this process? Ruben Andersson and Martin Saxer introduce a week of blog posts on the theme remoteness on Allegra.

Read their introduction “Anthropological takes on the ‘return of #remoteness’”.

Further information

Ruben Andersson is an associate professor at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, and an associated researcher at Stockholm University’s Department of Social Anthropology.

Learn more about his research.