The Funambulist #40 – The Land… From Settler Colonial Property to Landback

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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. 

After an issue on the Ocean and, at a moment of time when the verb “decolonizing” has been emptied of its meaning by many, we have at the heart of this issue, an interest to resituate land as the primary object of the decolonizing struggle.

We begin the issue by trying to understand the cogs of settler colonial land dispossession and the European concept of private (settler) property in Australia, British Columbia, and Palestine (Brenna Bhandar), before moving to visions of LANDBACK and political strategies to re-assert Indigenous sovereignties in contexts as different as Kenya (Rose Miyonga), Ecuador (Ana María León), Alaska (Jen Rose Smith), South Africa (Tshepo Madlingozi), the Caribbean (WAI Architecture Think Tank), and Turtle Island (Alyosha Goldstein & Julia Bernal). The issue is punctuated with poems in Arabic, Spanish, and English (Moen Bseiso & Jehan Bseiso, Daniela Catrileo, and Tanaya Winder) and artworks (Lynda Handala, Cameron Rowland, and Aly McKnight).

This issue’s News from the Fronts tackles the ongoing movement against the military rule in Sudan (Ola Hassanain), the Pakistani state’s kidnapping of Baloch individuals (Fatima Anwar), and the search for feminist Yiddish publications (Maya Ober).

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