Critical Care

Critical Care is the online publication of Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Critical Care provides anthropological insights about current events; creating space for public-facing writing, worldly and speculative interpretations of research, and dissemination of work to broader audiences. Critical Care combines the theoretical legacy of medical anthropology with applied, real-world engagements, providing careful responses to urgent matters demanding our attention.

Our editorial team is always looking for innovative and accessible contributions from medical anthropology and neighboring disciplines. Submissions will be reviewed by the MAQ Digital Editor and Editor, and we will work closely with authors on revisions. Multimedia or text submissions can take the form of:

  • reflections on fieldwork in progress
  • introduction of emergent methodologies or concepts
  • medical anthropological perspectives on current events
  • amplifying underrepresented voices in medical anthropology and in biomedicine/tech at large
  • reports from events, workshops, conference sessions

We also welcome online series ideas, which can resemble a journal special issue or be a collected group of submissions focused around a common theme or topic. A series can be curated by a contributor or by the digital editor.

Please contact the MAQ Digital Editor, Amber Benezra, with submissions and ideas:

Latest Posts


An Elusive Animal: Trust in an Uncertain Present

Elizabeth Storer and Nikita Simpson

June 15, 2022

Series Introduction: "Theorizing Trust from Anthropological Perspectives" This piece introduces an eight-part series, "Theorizing Trust from Anthropological Perspectives." Nikita Simpson and Elizabeth Storer reflect on theorizations of trust that they encountered while conducting empirical and policy-focused research during the COVID-19 pandemic. They point to the elusiveness of trust as a concept,… (Continue Reading)


Staying Put: Principled Immobility

Alyshia Gálvez

April 29, 2022

For a brief moment in 2020, the global pandemic shutdowns provided a natural experiment: What happens when people stop moving around the globe? Quickly, skies over polluted cities cleared. We could hear the birds even in the most dense urban settings. Pumas and other animals ventured into the vacuum left… (Continue Reading)


“Masks Are Like a Patch”: On the limits and possibilities of solidarity with farmworkers in a pandemic

Dvera I. Saxton

October 20, 2021

Distributing masks, Indigenous-language information about COVID-19, and encouraging immigrant farmworkers to complete the 2020 Census. Photo courtesy of CBDIO. When immigrant farmworker communities are not accounted for in the official records, like the Census, they will, once again, be denied significant resources and support for at least another ten years. The… (Continue Reading)


The Trans Body Is A Valuable Resource

Eric Plemons

June 7, 2021

Early Notes on a New Research Project Most tissues removed in the course of a surgical operation are considered abandoned by the operated patient. I abandoned my tonsils when I was 5 years old and my appendix when I was 38. Although most abandoned tissues are discarded, anonymously abandoned tissues can… (Continue Reading)


Understanding PFOA

David Bond

November 16, 2020

Tim Schroeder (Co-PI), David Bond (PI), and Janet Foley (Co-PI) teach class on PFOA at Bennington PFOA, I’m told, is the slipperiest chemical in existence. Nothing sticks to it, a peculiar quality that found profitable application within the manufacture of plastics. A white, waxy powder first engineered in the 1940s, PFOA… (Continue Reading)

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