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.
This second issue revolves around the theme of migration.
We 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, we speak of how laws also cross borders, while legal researcher Waruguru Gaitho and activist Carl Collison offer different approaches to reporting on claims for asylum. 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. Poetry by Gloria Anzaldúa and Divya Victor offer personal reflections of homelessness and alienation, which resonate with the special visual contribution by artist Zoe Leonard, whose photographs 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 our Columns section brings news from Brazil, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, and the UK, by Mariah Rafaela Silva, Pawan Dhall, Kari Mugo, Dayna Ash, Maoufal Bouzid, and Eliel Jones.