The Funambulist 19 Featured

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

Past Issues

The Funambulist 35 Featured

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The Paris Commune and the World

An internationalist issue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Commune, dialoguing with communal experiences in Syria, Venezuela, China, Martinique, Mexico, Tunisia, and more.

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Spaces of Labor

Space as racial/gender capitalist exploitation; space as unionized/organized resistance in Bangladesh, France, Mexico, Lebanon, the U.S., Palestine, Canada, and Spain.

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The Pan-African political project, from the Haitian Revolution to the future; from Accra to Lisbon; from Dar es Salaam to Harlem; from Algiers to Cape Town.

The Funambulist 31 Featured

Politics of Food

Anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, maroon, indigenous, reparative perspective on food and cooking from the Carribean, the Indian subcontinent, Palestine, Algeria, Europe, and North America.

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Perspectives on the question of Reparations in settler colonial and post-slavery contexts in Southern and North Africa, the Caribbean, France, England, the United States, and Aboriginal Australia.