The Funambulist Nº9

Islands

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

The ninth issue of The Funambulist engages a shift in the geographical focus of the magazine. Periodicals regularly produce issues on islands but may tend to focus on their geological formation, or the ways in which supposedly “desert islands” have been rendered “inhabitable,” thus perpetuating the colonial narrative of Robinson Cruzoe. This particular issue attempt to amplify the voices of indigenous narratives, as well as on non-colonial protocols of passage on these islands, like in the cases of displaced persons in the Mediterranean Sea or the Indian Ocean. Whether they are the settings of decolonizing and demilitarizing struggles (Mayotte, Kanaky – New Caledonia, Hawai’i, Diego Garcia, Puerto Rico, Okinawa), or of the economization and incarceration of displaced lives (Lesvos, Nauru, Christmas Island), or places that even face the threat of absolute disappearance, as a consequence of the “big countries’” mode of existence (Tuvalu, Kiribati), the narratives voiced in this issue are simultaneously asymmetric regarding the forces against which they are mobilized, and united in a continuously reaffirmed urgency that always sooner or later topples these forces.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert

Contributors: Fathima Cader, Elise Hunchuck, K. Kamakaoka’ilima Long, Françoise Vergès, Hamid Mokaddem, Lizzie Yarina, Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia, Wendy Matsumura, Greg Barton, Alison Mountz, Embassy for the Displaced, Kamil Dalkir, Rosa Rogina, Christina Varvia.

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CONTENTS ///

The Funambulist Magazine 09 Islands

2 | FROM THE BLOG: DEAR AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
Léopold Lambert

4 | FROM THE BLOG: A POLITICAL HISTORY OF PINE TREES IN PALESTINE
Léopold Lambert

6 | GUEST COLUMNS: LABOR OF FAITH: MIGRANT WORK AND EXPLOITATION IN MAKKAH
Fathima Cader

8 | GUEST COLUMNS: MAKING SPACE: ON THE NEED FOR INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS
Elise Hunchuck

— MAIN /// ISLANDS
12 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

14 | HAWAI’I: MAUNA KEA, HAWAIIAN INDEPENDENCE AND THE POLITICS OF JURISDICTION
K. Kamakaoka’ilima Long

20 | MAYOTTE: A SITE OF FRENCH POSTCOLONIAL REPUBLICANISM
Françoise Vergès

24 | KANAKY-NEW CALEDONIA: TOWARDS A SOVEREIGN FUTURE
Hamid Mokaddem

28 | TUVALU AND KIRIBATI: PACIFIC RISING: NARRATIVE POLITICS OF THE “CLIMATE REFUGEE”
Lizzie Yarina

34 | PUERTO RICO: COLONIAL SUBURBAN HOME-MAKING
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia

38 | OKINAWA: THE COLD WAR CREATION OF A MODEL JUNGLE
Wendy Matsumura

42 | DIEGO GARCIA: A MILITARIZED ISLAND IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
Greg Barton

46 | AUSTRALIA’S ENFORCEMENT ARCHIPELAGO: ISLANDS AS BORDER WALLS
Alison Mountz

50 | LESVOS
Embassy for the Displaced

54 | STUDENTS: OBJECTS / BODIES /TERRITORIES
Kamil Dalkir

56 | STUDENTS: CORAL FRONTIERS
Rosa Rogina

58 | STUDENTS: SHIPPING TALES
Christina Varvia