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The Space of Ableism

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The Space of Ableism is the nineteenth issue of The Funambulist, which begins the fourth year of its existence as a magazine. This volume is dedicated to a political struggle that has been too seldom addressed throughout the pages of past issues and that nevertheless very much mobilizes “the politics of space and bodies” that The Funambulist proposes to discuss: the fight against ableism. Just like structural racism should be addressed through considerations about white supremacy, and homophobia through considerations about heteronormativity, we should not consider disabled bodies without the system that creates such a category in the first place, namely ableism. In other words, disability, as we understand it in this issue (and as some of us experience it) is not an anatomic, biological, or neurological condition but, rather, a political one. This issue proposes a historical and contemporary examination of eugenic state legislation and border control (Natalie Spagnuolo), personal relationships to the ableist public space (No AngerKengné Téguia), a report and a manual on how to instigate anti-ableist methodologies in architecture schools (Sarah GunawanJos Boys), a proposition for UNESCO to integrate the history of war and disabilities in its accessibility program (David Gissen), reflection on choreographic practices (Farah Saleh & Adrienne Hart), and two architecture student projects (Lucy SatzewichBrian Lee). The “News from the Fronts” section gives us updates of political struggles in Okinawa (Ayano Ginoza), the Grenfell Tower in London (Colin Prescod), Kanaky-New Caledonia (Nathalie Muchamad), and Leros Island (Beth Hughes & Platon Issaias).

IMPORTANT! Alongside this 19th issue, we are happy to treat all our print subscribers, as well as the first 100 people ordering this issue in its printing version online, with a limited-edition supplement entitled “The Architecture of Sex: Three Case Studies Beyond the Panopticon,” by Paul B. Preciado.

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

This issue is now in full open-access. You can read each article’s online version by clicking on the features below.

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The Desert

Continental lives and Anti-Colonial Struggles in the Arid, Plentiful Lands of the Sahara, the Atacama, the Gibson, the Kgalagadi, the Dhofar, and the Taklimakan deserts

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Diasporas

Political Imaginaries of Afro-Diasporic, Indentured, Exiled, and Landless Communities. Narratives from the Cape Verdean, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Jewish, Eelam Tamil, Chinese, and the Black Atlantic diasporas.

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Decentering the U.S.

Thinking pluriversally through Blackness, queerness, brownness, caste & indigeneity from other geographies than the United States.