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THE FUNAMBULIST ISSUE 33 - JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2021

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. Welcome to the 32nd issue of The Funambulist. For once, we curated and coordinated its editorial line amongst the three of us (Caroline Honorien, Margarida Waco, and Léopold Lambert) in order to combine our perspectives on the topic. Pan-Africanism is an issue dedicated to a political project that “maps onto Blackness” (Denise Ferreira da Silva) between the African Continent, the Afro Diaspora, and beyond; a project that can serve as a force and a reference for all people struggling against colonialism or neocolonialism. We begin its history with the Haitian Revolution (Annette Joseph-Gabriel), which strongly influenced the imaginary of those who, from Harlem to Accra to Dar es Salaam, have designed the dream of a political union (Amzat Boukari-Yabara). The struggle against European colonialism materialized Continental solidarity when it was not happening at the very core of the Empire itself (Ana Naomi de Sousa & Sónia Vaz Borges), while cultural and political festivals such as Panaf ’69 in Algiers (Sophia Azeb) or Festac ’77 in Lagos (Ntone Edjabe) ceremonialized it. Yet, Pan-Africanism is not a project of the past: it is fundamentally a project of the present and the future. Reading the Continent through its cities rather than its states can constitute one way to approach it (AbouMaliq Simone); another consists in strategizing towards an African federal state (Joao Gabriel). In the same spirit, we wanted to conclude the issue with a manifesto for Pan-African futures (Namata Serumaga-Musisi), which dialogues with the beautiful and vibrant cover drawn for us by Maya Mihindou. 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, Public Works Studio reports on the hardships experienced by the most precarious residents of Beirut after the August 4 explosion, and Arinjoy Sen applies a spatial politics reading to Hindu nationalist policies in India. Editors-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert, Margarida Nzuzi Waco, and Caroline Honorien Intern: Amel Hadj-Hassen Contributing Copy Editor: Carol Que
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