Editorial Collective – Vol. 2

Our editorial collective evolves with each volume, inviting a rotating collaboration of agitators. To learn about the editorial collective active during the development of Volume 2, please see below. To learn about our current editorial collective, please visit our “About Us” page.  Elizabeth Sumida Huaman The granddaughter of humble farmers with great love for their homelands, Indigenous educational researcher Elizabeth Sumida Huaman works to fulfill her ancestors’ visions for a beautiful world. She is Wanka/Quechua from the Mantaro Valley, Peru, and associate professor of Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work focuses on the relationship between Indigenous lands…

RMF: [Pre]Conceptions of a Movement & Interview with Zaynab Asmal

Zaynab Asmal RMF:[Pre]Conceptions of a M… by AGITATE Journal on Scribd A Conversation I was Missing: Illustrating Learning Curves that Refuse a Straight Line Zaynab Asmal, interviewed by Koni Benson Introduction RMF:[Pre]Conceptions of a Movement, is a comic book written and drawn by Zaynab Asmal. It was the product of a final assignment for a third year history course “African History Through Comic Books: History for What and For Whom?” designed and taught by Koni Benson, a postdoctoral fellow at the time, at the University of Cape Town in 2016.  The course was run as a seminar series focused on…

I am not your data

Abhay Flavian Xaxa I am not your data, nor am I your vote bank,I am not your project, or any exotic museum object,I am not the soul waiting to be harvested,Nor am I the lab where your theories are tested. I am not your cannon fodder, or the invisible worker,or your entertainment at India habitat center,I am not your field, your crowd, your history,your help, your guilt, medallions of your victory. I refuse, reject, resist your labels,your judgments, documents, definitions,your models, leaders and patrons,because they deny me my existence, my vision, my space. Your words, maps, figures, indicators,they all create…

TORRE DE MARFIM

TORRE DE MARFIM

Sarah Almeida, Matheus Caetano, Raquel Chaves, and Josinelma Rolande TORRE DE MARFIM Entre espaços vazios,O próprio vazio em CONCRETO. Entre espaços cheios, pessoas que se veem vazias. O desencontro é SÓLIDO. O contraste é RÍGIDO. Prisioneiros da Instituição, viajantes na ILUSÃO.  E entre uma profusão de sentimentos, também o não sentir. E quem imaginaria ter de conviver com sua ausência? Mas há sempre uma história. Algo que pode ser contado. Nem que seja o fragmento de um dia, de uma palavra. Completa ou mal pronunciada. E se há algo que gira em nós e depois se propaga. Quem sabe não vira também estrada? Caminho e morada.  IVORY TOWER  Between empty spaces,The void itself in CONCRETE. Between full spaces, people who…

Teleportation | عَبْرَة

Teleportation | عَبْرَة

Ola Saad Znad 1“فوق النخل فوق … يابه فوق النخل فوق” Is the first thing that crosses my mind when I remember my hometown, my roots. “This cafe is my refuge” said one of my grandfather’s regular customers. He then casually pulled out a chair and sat on a table next to two men playing a game of chess. A few minutes later, smothered with the cheers of an excited audience, the losing player scratched his bald head in confusion before pulling down his sidara2. One wins, one loses, they both laugh and order another estikanah of Iraqi tea. Look around…

Step, step, breathe

Sophie Oldfield1 In search of myself,In search of this city,I take a step. I started running eight years ago as a way to be in my city, in Cape Town. Step, step, breathe (video above) shares how running gave me a way to move through Cape Town, to see it anew, and to participate in it.  I wrote the story and drew the visuals in the Inside/Out Storytelling workshop in 2019. Run by Joanna Wheeler, a sociologist who specialises in narrative methodologies,2 the workshop drew on an experiential and participatory methodology through which we – migrants to Cape Town in…

Domestic Affairs

Domestic Affairs

Katayoun Amjadi Domestic Affairs investigates the idea of home in body, structure, and land, and explores the culturally embedded promise of security and hope engendered in the archetypal house. It explores a conceptual topography of “place”; it is a kind of domestic archaeology. The exploration of the concept of home can reveal deeply ambiguous and complex phenomena: its interface with identity, its connections to security vs. openness to difference and other, it can embody the sense of inclusion/exclusion, freedom/incarceration, movement/entrapment, displacement and belonging. We tend to map the contours of security and safety onto the image of home as a protective…

जसिन्ता को पढ़ने पर …

जसिन्ता को पढ़ने पर …

After Reading Jacinta1 विशाल जामकर और ऋचा नागर Vishal Jamkar and Richa Nagar किसी ने नहीं देखा मुझे जब आँगन की मिट्टी कोसीमेंट का कवच पहनाया गया मैं मिट्टी को समझाता रहा मज़बूत नींव के लिएज़रूरी है उसका मरना, मगर मैंने देखा एक-एक करफूलों को भी मरते हुए। – जसिंता केरकेट्टा2 No one ever saw meAs the soil of the courtyardWas draped in the armour of cement.I kept telling the soilit was necessary for it to die, to make way for a strong foundation. But then I witnessedeven the flowersdying one by one.– Jacinta Kerketta3 कैसा अजब है न यह मिट्टी, फूल, और सीमेंट का खेल भी? जहाँ…

Muddy Truth

Muddy Truth

Katayoun Amjadi To see more images from this collection and others, visit Amjadi’s website here. — Suggested citation:Amjadi, K. 2020. “Muddy Truth.” AGITATE! 2: http://agitatejournal.org/article/katayoun-amjadi-muddy-truth/.

Silent Scream

Silent Scream

Katayoun Amjadi Silent Scream: Affect of Life in Suspension is a durational and immersive ceramics and video installation. The impending shatter of clay bodies frozen in ice presents a sense of contingency and precariousness in viewers; the anticipation of fracture. Here the systemic failures, fragilities, and unpredictabilities of living in this historical moment is felt bone-deep before the truth of it is fully, mindfully apprehended. To see more images from this collection and others, visit Amjadi’s website here. — Suggested citation:Amjadi, K. 2020. “Silent Scream.” AGITATE! 2: http://agitatejournal.org/article/katayoun-amjadi-silent-scream/.