The Funambulist #30 – Reparations


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“A magazine with an activist line that does not follow the same political standards when it comes to its production has no reason to exist.” – Freunde von Freunden

The Funambulist is a magazine that engages with the politics of space and bodies. Our hope is to provide a useful platform where activist/academic/practitioner voices can meet and build solidarities across geographical scales. Through articles, interviews, artworks, and design projects, we are assembling an ongoing archive for anticolonial, antiracist, queer, and feminist struggles. The print and online magazine is published every two months and operates in parallel with an open-access podcast and a blog. 

We hope that this issue dedicated to the question of Reparations can contribute in a humble way to the extremely rich conversations about strategies to adopt in the international(ist) front against settler colonialism and anti-Blackness. This issue proposes several perspectives on reparations envisioned as a response to the sustained effects of colonial slavery (Cases Rebelles), settler colonialism (Amy McQuire, Edward Halealoha Ayau, Zoé Samudzi, Tshepo Madlingozi, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay), racial and ecocidal capitalism (Linda Quiquivix), as well as structural racism in relation to the police (Patricia Nguyen) and housing (Colin Prescod). Regardless of their stance on whether the concept of reparations is a politically productive one or not, these perspectives all consider reparative models coming from the colonial state as a means for it to strengthen itself despite a simulacrum of humility and introspection.

As usual, our News from the Fronts section that opens each issue and complements the main dossier, includes articles reflecting on ongoing struggles. In this issue, we cover the history of Black music under South African Apartheid (Atiyyah Khan) and the Indigenous struggle of Nubians north of the 22nd Parallel (Menna Agha).

The cover is built on a gorgeous artwork by South African artist Pola Maneli.

“Publications are here to relay, produce and curate knowledge. As far as The Funambulist is concerned, the only important thing about this knowledge is that it can be useful to the political struggles with which it stands in solidarity.” – Archinect

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