T.A.N.J. #2

This publication is part of the inquiry The Against Nature Journal, initiated in 2014 as commission by the NGO Legal Agenda and arts organisation Ashkal Alwan in Beirut.

After T.A.N.J. #1, an issue devoted to religion 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.

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 discuss how laws also cross borders, 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 our 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 (T.A.N.J.) is a biannual arts and human rights magazine published by Council

Issue #2 Winter 2021

printed in 2000 copies
234 x 146 mm


Aimar Arriola, Grégory Castéra

Contributing Editor

Giulia Tognon

Copy Editor

Laura Preston


Sriwhana Spong


Julie Peeters

Cover Art

Stepan Lipatov


Abi Tariq

Editorial Committee

Aimar Arriola, Thomas Boutoux, Grégory Castéra, Arvind Narrain, Sandra Terdjman, Giulia Tognon

Advisory Committee

Nikita Dhawan, Taru Elfving, Karim Nammour, Piergiorgio Pepe, Graeme Reid, Nizar Saghieh





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Future issues will intertwine six themes, each becoming the major focus of one issue: Religion, Migration, Medicine, Love, Death, Nature.

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