Welcome to the 31st issue of The Funambulist! With it, we’re starting our sixth year of publishing the magazine! After the success of our two last issues (thank YOU!), we hope that this one will encounter a wide readership too. Thank you so much for your support!
Politics of Food is an open-ended examination of various dimensions behind food and the act of cooking: labor, ingredients, memories, identity, self-orientalization, marooning, infrastructure, transportation, societal hierarchies and, as usual with us, space. The main dossier includes four texts (each associated to a recipe generously provided by our contributors) about the history of jerk, a Jamaican Maroon cooking style born in the struggle for existence against slavery (Tao Leigh Goffe), the links between the Caribbean and the diaspora in the U.K. through the well-known ‘opposition’ of bananas and plantains (Akil Scafe-Smith), the veganist solidarity with the struggle against Indian structural casteism and anti-Muslim racism, despite what may seem to oppose them at first sight (Rama Ganesan), and the personal and political wanderings of a chef between the Indian Konkan Coast and Marseille (Zuri Camille de Souza). It also includes three interviews about the relationship between food production, colonialism, and ecocide (Cooking Sections), the idea of reparations for Black folks through food demonstrations (Tunde Wey), as well as the numerous political daily dimensions involved in being a chef in Bethlehem, Palestine (Fadi Kattan, interviewed by Funambulist-friend Karim Kattan).
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 look at a history of migration between Algeria and Palestine (Lina Soualem), anti-Blackness in Scandinavia (Awa Konaté), the Detroit “race walls” (Victoria Hattam), Mapuche resistance against oil extraction in Vaca Muerta, Argentina (M7Red & Arena Documenta), and the forms of solidarity between the struggle against the gentrification of Chinatown in Vancouver and the fight against settler colonialism (Céline Chuang).
The cover of the issue shows a banquet on July 5, 1962, the day of the Algerian independence, organized in Nanterre (northwestern Paris banlieue) where thousands of Algerians were living and had taking part in many ways to the anti-colonial Revolution. In the context of this issue dedicated to the politics of food, it appeared to us as non-innocent that the ultimate political victory after 132 years of French colonialism was celebrated around a meal in the center of the housing quarters. May we all share a revolutionary banquet at least once in our life!
Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Nzuzi Waco
Editorial assistant: Caroline Honorien
Contributing Copy Editor: Carol Que
COVER | ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE BANQUET IN NANTERRE ON JULY 5, 1962
— NEWS FROM THE FRONTS ///
2 | A MAP OF PARALLEL WORLDS BETWEEN ALGERIA AND PALESTINE
5 | NORDICNESS, ITS IMAGINATIONS AND TENSIONS WITH ANTI-BLACKNESS
8 | RACE WALLS OF DETROIT
11 | MAPUCHE TACTICS AGAINST THE DRILLERS OF VACA MUERTA
M7Red & Arena Documenta
14 | RESISTANCE IS RHIZOMATIC: TOWARDS AN ANTI-COLONIAL PRAXIS AGAINST GENTRIFICATION IN CHINATOWN, VANCOUVER
— MAIN /// POLITICS OF FOOD
18 | KITCHEN MARRONAGE: A GENEALOGY OF JERK
Tao Leigh Goffe
24 | FOOD AS EVIDENCE OF COLONIALISM AND THE CAPITALOCENE
30 | GOING BANANA, BECOMING PLANTAIN
36 | DINNER AS DEMONSTRATION COOKING AS UNDERLYING FOOD AS REPARATION
42 | VEGANISM SHOULD BE ANTI-CASTE
48 | COOKING PALESTINIAN FOOD: ON INDIGENOUS HERBS, CRAFT, AND COMMUNITY
Chef Fadi Kattan (with Karim Kattan)
54 | THE SHAPE OF A MANGO SEED: MEMORIES, FOOD, AND HISTORY
Zuri Camille de Souza