The Funambulist Nº17

Weaponized Infrastructure

MAY – JUNE 2018

Weaponized Infrastructure constitutes the 17th issue of The Funambulist. It examines the use of infrastructure (railroad, highways, pipelines, canals, land reclamation, etc.) as a political weapon. “A construction project is worth a battalion” said French General and colonial administrator Hubert Lyautey (1854-1934), a key strategist of French colonialism in Vietnam, Madagascar, and Morocco. This issue’s articles describing the role of infrastructure in colonial projects in Canada (Deborah Cowen), Singapore (Charmaine Chua), Central Asia (Solveig Suess), Kurdistan (Begüm Adalet), and Colombia (Zannah Mæ Matson) illustrate such a strategy. Other contributions describe the geopolitics of narrowness materialized by the Suez Canal, the Gulf of Aden, and the Strait of Hormuz in the maritime globalized capitalist project (Laleh Khalili), the story of Sovietic infrastructural remains in Southern Armenia (Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson), the construction of a notion of “infrastructure of intimacy” in the context of the Israeli systematic destruction of Palestinian homes (Sabrien Amrov), and the project of rehabilitation of the toxified Euphrates River between Syria and Iraq (Malak Al-Faraj & Leyla Oz). The guest columns that open the issue are dedicated to the trauma of the Laos War in relation to motherhood (Nay Saysourinho), a critique of the tourism built on the idea of the Black diaspora’s return to Africa (Chanelle Adams), an update on the Tunisian youth’s political struggles (Rami Abdel Moula), and some reflections on the access to knowledge and pirate libraries (Dubravka Sekulic).

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Editorial assistant: Flora Hergon
Contributing copy editor: Noelle Geller
Contributing translator: Ferial Massoud

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COVER | ISRAELI VIADUCT OF GILO IN OCCUPIED BETHLEHEM
David King (2007)

2 | QUIET LEGACIES: ON WAR, TRAUMA, AND MOTHERHOOD
Nay Saysourinho

4 | OUIDAH’S DOOR OF RETURN: DIASPORA TOURS ARE STILL TOURISM
Chanelle Adams

6 | THE TUNISIAN YOUTH HAS NOT YET GIVEN UP
Rami Abdel Moula

8 | ON KNOWLEDGE AND “STEALING”
Dubravka Sekulic

— MAIN /// WEAPONIZED INFRASTRUCTURE
12 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

14 | THE JURISDICTION OF INFRASTRUCTURE: CIRCULATION AND CANADIAN SETTLER COLONIALISM
Deborah Cowen

20 | “SUNNY ISLAND SET IN THE SEA”: SINGAPORE’S LAND RECLAMATION AS A COLONIAL PROJECT
Charmaine Chua

26 | A PASSAGE: REFLECTIONS ON INFRASTRUCTURES OF MOBILITY IN SOUTHERN ARMENIA
Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson

32 | STREAMLINED SILK: ON OFFSHORING AND MATERIAL INTERFERENCE ALONG THE NEW SILK ROAD
Solveig Suess

38 | IT’S NOT YOURS IF YOU CAN’T GET THERE”: MOBILITY AND STATE-MAKING IN TURKEY
Begüm Adalet

42 | PALESTINIAN HOMES: INFRASTRUCTURES OF INTIMACY AND THE POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION
Sabrien Amrov

46 | THE POLITICS OF CANALS, GULFES, & STRAITS IN MARITIME FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION
Laleh Khalili

54 | WHEN THE HIGHWAY BECOMES A WEAPON: SITUATING INFRASTRUCTURE WITHIN COLOMBIAN COUNTERINSURGENCY DOCTRINE
Zannah Mæ Matson

58 | STUDENTS: A CHEMICAL CURRENT: REHABILITATION OF THE CONTAMINATED EUPHRATES RIVER IN SYRIA
Malak Al-Faraj & Leyla Oz


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