The Funambulist Nº18

Cartography & Power

JULY – AUGUST 2018

Cartography & Power is the eighteenth issue of The Funambulist. Just like architecture (which requires plans, i.e. cartography, to be designed), cartography does not constitute a neutral discipline that can be equally used to implement either state violence or resistive endeavors. Cartography is inherently an instrument of power and, as such, it has the propensity to facilitate the violence of military and administrative operations. All contributors to this issue begin (whether explicitly or not) with this axiom and seek for methods of mapping that can serve political struggles mobilizing against the dominant order. The issue starts with a historical and contemporary examination of the simultaneous production of colonial maps and territories in Iraq (Caren Kaplan) and Libya (Moad Musbahi), or how maps can erase a past existence on these territories, like in Palestine (Ahmad Barclay). Attempts to “decolonize mapping” (Patrick Jaojoco), “dismantle the master’s map” (Rasheedah Phillips), or to describe “maps perceived but not drawn” (Lucía Jalón Oyarzun) are also featured. Furthremore, maps do not necessary represent territories; they can also make visible the historiography of political struggles (Bouchra Khalili). The issue also features two atlases, bringing attention to the Japanese tsunami stones (Elise Misao Hunchuck) and the Jewish Eruv (Piper Bernbaum). The three guest columns that open the issue are dedicated to the legacy of Marielle Franco’s fight in Brazil after her assassination (Fabiana Ex-Souza), the continuing struggles against racism and colonialism in South Africa (Lebogang Mokoena), and the close links the Guatemalan and Israeli governments have developed for decades in their oppression of Indigenous and Palestinian people (Irmgard Emmelhainz).

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Editorial assistant: Tomi Laja & Ella Martin-Gachot
Contributing copy editor: Maxwell Donnewald, Noelle Geller
Contributing translator: Chanelle Adams

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COVER | U.S. AIRFORCE SOLDIER USING SURVEY EQUIPMENT IN OCCUPIED IRAQ
Andrew Lee (2011)

2 | HOW TO (RE)EXIST IN ENEMY TERRITORY: MARIELLE FRANCO PLANTED SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE
Fabiana Ex-Souza

4 | APARTHEID’S HERITAGE: CONTINUING STRUGGLES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Lebogang Mokoena

6 | ISRAELI-GUATEMALAN RELATIONS: EXPANDING GARDENS OF BROKEN SHADOWS
Irmgard Emmelhainz

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10 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

12 | AERIAL SURVEYING AS AIR CONTROL: GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE IN MANDATE-ERA IRAQ
Caren Kaplan

16 | THE SAHARA IS NOT A DESERT: RE-MAPPING LIBYA, UNRAVELLING THE STATE
Moad Musbahi

22 | AN INCOMPLETE ATLAS OF STONES: A CARTOGRAPHY OF THE TSUNAMI STONES ON THE JAPANESE SHORELINE
Elise Misao Hunchuck

28 | MAPPING AND “TRUTH”: COMMUNICATING THE ERASURE OF PALESTINE
Ahmad Barclay

34 | SPATIAL HISTORIOGRAPHIES: THE DECOLONIAL MAPPING TOOLKIT
Patrick Jaojoco (Frontview)

40 | NIGHTFARING & INVISIBLE MAPS: OF MAPS PERCEIVED, BUT NOT DRAWN
Lucía Jalón Oyarzun

44 | PLACING TIME, TIMING SPACE: DISMANTLING THE MASTER’S MAP AND CLOCK
Rasheedah Phillips

46 | MAPS AND BLACKBOARDS: REPRESENTING PEOPLE’S LIBERATION STRUGGLES
Bouchra Khalili

52 | THE ATLAS OF LEGAL FICTIONS: JEWISH ERUV
Piper Bernbaum

56 | STUDENTS: MAPPING POLICE KILLINGS, POLLUTION, AND PRISONS IN GEORGIA, USA
Celeste Winston

58 | STUDENTS: THE GRAND CANAL: ARCHITECTURE OF WATER AND RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE
Zhiwen Wei, Longning Qi, Jian Wang, & Bingqian Liu


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