Magazine. Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Art. Edited by Aimar Arriola, Grégory Castéra, and Giulia Tognon. THE AGAINST NATURE JOURNAL is a biannual arts and human rights magazine that fosters dialogue on LGBQTI+ rights and rethinks nature anew. With a mix of creative writing, journalism, legal scholarship and visual culture, authors and readers from law, activism, social sciences, and the arts are brought together to explore "crime against nature" laws and their legacies.
Our inaugural issue outlines the intersections between legislation, LGBTQI+ activism, and spirituality.
We celebrate the magical legacy of the late writer Binyavanga Wainaina with his first piece of fiction, accompanied by an essay on his lifework by Amatesiro Dore. The issue also includes legal scholar Vivek Divan's commentary on a seminal verdict in the history of "crime against nature" laws from India, essays on non-normative approaches to spirituality and religion by Martti Nissinen and Linn Marie Tonstad, poetry by Abu Nuwas and Chekwube Danladi, an inspiring text on the moral authority of "nature" by science historian Lorraine Daston, images from the colonial period in Vietnam by artist Danh Vo, and columns on recent events in Barbados, Brazil and Abya Yala, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, and Poland by Donnya Piggot, Vivane Vergueiro, Pawan Dhall, Kari Mugo, Dayna Ash, Niza, Naoufal Bouzid, and Eliel Jones.