Welcome to the 33rd issue of The Funambulist, the first of our six 2021 issues!

Spaces of Labor is an examination of the way the capitalist exploitation of racialized and gendered workers uses space as a means to enforce itself and, in turn, how these same workers appropriate this space in their forms of resistance. Some of the issue’s contributions come from laborers themselve. The Ibis Paris Batignolles Hotel workers tell us about their daily labor, as well as the strike they have undertaken and sustained for the last 17 months. Gemma Justo and Ghiwa Sayegh describe the life of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon under the regime of Kafala. Red Schulte talks about the sex work economies of space. Osama Tanous accounts for being a Palestinian physician in an Israeli hospital in Haifa. The three other contributors are working closely on issues of labor. Prii Sen dedicates her entire research to garment female workers in Dhaka and their revolts. Alex Rivera made a film (Sleep Dealer, 2008) anticipating the remote labor maquiladoras of the future in Northern Mexico. As for Fathima Cader, she is labor lawyer and writes about the need to abolish prison staff unions in an abolitionist agenda.

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, Sada Malumfashi describes the #EndSARS uprising in/from Nigeria, Elis Mendoza reflects on the political identity of Afro-Mexicans, Ronny Kareni provides an introduction to West Papua’s decolonization agenda, and Dawud Bumaye presents the Comorian fight against French colonialism in Mayotte.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Nzuzi Waco
Editorial Assistant: Caroline Honorien
Intern: Amel Hadj Hassen
Contributing Copy-Editor: Carol Que
Contributing Translator: Chanelle Adams

Past Issues

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Music and the Revolution

An issue about music and liberation movements on the African Continent, Colombia, India, Palestine, the Levant, France, Chile, Algeria, Australia, the U.S., and Romania.

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Against Genocide (guest edited by Zoé Samudzi)

A special issue guest edited by Zoé Samudzi constructing a dialogue between genocidal histories in Zimbabwe, Brazil, Ethiopia, Korea, Namibia, the U.S., Artsakh and more... while critiquing the legal and political concept of genocide as calibrated on eurocentric criteria.

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They Have Clocks, We Have Time

Open Access

An issue to challenge the colonial standardization of time, its measurement, its retrospective reading as "history," its practice, its memorial production in U.S. sundown towns, Ireland & Palestine, Warsaw & Paris, the Indian Subcontinent, the Horn of Africa, the Sahara, in dictatorial and bordering regimes, and more.

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Decolonial Ecologies

Open Access

Indigenous, Black, and racialized settler perspectives on the impossibility for ecologies to operate without decolonization in Turtle Island, the Caribbean, Oceania, Brazil, and the Congo.

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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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Pan-Africanism

Open Access

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.