Polity of Literature

“Cooperation is built from the ground up…” at Leeszaal Rotterdam West

Maurice Specht, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

This is the nineteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In 2012, when the Dutch city of Rotterdam closed eighteen of its twenty-four library branches, one neighbourhood responded by making its own leeszaal (or “reading room”). They organized a pop-up version in an empty storefront—a local library, more or...

“You are on the enemy list of The Black Tarantula.”

Jason McBride, Toronto, Canada 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The eighteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In the 1970s and ’80s, American writer Kathy Acker discovered that the surest way to develop her most innovative work and secure its eventual fame was by using the widely available parts of a parallel economy in the arts—a range of...

Building the Parallel Polis

Anne Focke, Seattle, United States 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The seventeenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: For victims of state repression, the invitation into politics can be a death sentence. How can marginalized or oppressed groups bring change to systems that are predicated on their destruction? At every scale—from the neighbourhood to the city to the nation—the...

Reflections on Existential Preliminaries to a Resistant Polity in Literature and Beyond

Fred Dewey, Los Angeles, United States 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The sixteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: “The Portable Polis” was a group of strangers convened by writer Fred Dewey to read Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition out loud to one another over the course of a summer in Berlin. Meeting at locations around the city (chosen by Dewey...

Queer City

Amizade como ativismo / Friendship as Activism

Ajamu, London, United Kingdom 
Cláudio Bueno, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
FĂ©lix Pimenta, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
Flip Couto, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
JoĂŁo Simões, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

This piece opens with excerpts from Ajamu’s journal, talking about his process as an ArtsEverywhere artist in residence working with Black queer communities in New York, SĂŁo Paulo and Toronto. It then continues with Ajamu in conversation with Cláudio Bueno, Flip Couto, FĂ©lix Pimenta, and JoĂŁo Simões. New York, August 2017 1.1 Not...

Cruising Quito: Notes on Grindr, Queer Codes, and Post-AIDS

Felipe Rivas San MartĂ­n, Valencia, Spain 

Cruising Quito was a project that I developed in the framework of Queer City Quito, from June 28 to July 8, 2017. The project included a residency at No Lugar, along with an experiential research and reflection on the different spaces and technologies of gay cruising in the city of...


Eduardo Carrera, Quito, Ecuador 

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. – Oscar Wilde[1]Since 2013, artists and activists have been invited to participate in an arts showcase as part of the cultural activities during the LGBTIQ+ Pride month in Quito, Ecuador. Last year, the show was...

Cidade Queer // Queer City

Danila Bustamante, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

Bodies that listen, dance, resist, manifest and become visible in our contemporary city. Bodies that dance the sounds of funk music, rap, samba, voguing, waacking, among other sonic styles of contestation, resistance and struggle. Through talks, dinners, experiences and exchanges, a city seeks to discuss how we live, work, share...

Free Home University

What We Are Learning: Responses to Pedagogy, Otherwise

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Jesal Kapadia, New York City, United States / Bombay, India 
Chris Jones, London, United Kingdom 
Sarah Amsler, Nottingham, United Kingdom 
Gerardo LĂłpez-Amaro, San Francisco, United States 
Manish Jain, Udaipur, India 
Kelly Teamey, Battleboro, United States 
Udi Mandel, Battleboro, United States 

Radical Pedagogies as Living Experiments and Messy Affairs

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Manish Jain, Udaipur, India 

Learning Hope and Assembling sKin

Sarah Amsler, Nottingham, United Kingdom 

This is a response to eight works in Pedagogy, Otherwise, which I feel connected to through friendships and encounters in two transnational collectives of radical learners and educators – the Ecoversities Network[1] and Gesturing towards Decolonial Futures.[2] The pieces are:...

We ALL Hurt

Crystal Smith, Salish Territory 

In the Autumn of 2016, Musagetes collaborated with Alessandra Pomarico and a number of community partners in Vancouver to host Italian actor, director, and teacher Ippolito Chiarello at Simon Fraser University’s theatre school. Ippolito’s experience with what he calls “homeless...