After an issue devoted to religions and spirituality, this second issue confronts the theme of migration, a crucial topic when addressing the forced dis- placement of LGBTQI+ people from contexts where “nature” is still used to criminalize consensual same- sex conduct or gender expression.
In this Winter 2021 issue, the editors are honored to publish a new short essay by Jasbir K. Puar that updates her work on homonationalism. In an interview with Indian activist Alok Hisarwala Gupta, a discussion about how laws also cross borders takes place, while legal researcher Waruguru Gaitho and activist Carl Collison offer different approaches to reporting on asylum claims. Fatima El-Tayeb’s vibrant essay invites us to consider the meaning of a queer “we,” while iconic writer and filmmaker Abdellah Taïa tackles everyday xenophobia in France. Poems by Gloria Anzaldúa and Divya Victor offer personal reflections of homelessness and alienation, which resonate with photographs by artist Zoe Leonard that focus on the quotidian movements of crossing the river border between the US and Mexico. Historian Zeb Tortorici addresses the notion of “against nature” through an engagement with the archive, while the Columns section brings news from Brazil, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, and the UK, in a season marked by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Against Nature Journal is published by Council
Edited by Aimar Arriola, Grégory Castéra
Designed by Julie Peeters
Softcover, 14,7 x 23,3 cm, 144 pp. (b&w illus.)