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Refugee on Trial: The Hole in the Donut

Niels Bekkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The eleventh piece in our Polity of Literature series: Concluding our trilogy about “the hole in the donut”—that rule-bound space within which our readings of others can have shared, verifiable...

Werkinstructie 2019/17 from the Dutch IND

Translation: Niels Bekkema,  

In the Dutch asylum process, the Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND) frequently reviews and changes its working methods in response to political mandates and shifts in asylum case law. Lotte...

How the State Reads Queer Refugees

Lotte Wolff, Geneva, Switzerland 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

Addendum to the tenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In Ralph Severijns’ analysis of the state’s reading of refugee stories—that is, in the crucial “free narrative” that asylum...

Curse of Geography: Kibera

Emelda Ochieng, Nairobi, Kenya 
Luke Catena, Nairobi, Kenya 

“I really think it’s time to go,” our guide says as he nervously glances at his phone that glows half past five. Around us, as if on an unspoken cue,...

Medicina Cultural, Medicina Esencial: Plant-based Health Care among Dominican Women in Puerto Rico

Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Santurce, Puerto Rico 

Felicia de Jesús spends her quarantine days behind a sewing machine making reusable masks on the balcony of her home. She sells them for $3 dollars apiece, a price she...

Pagal Pagal Pagal Pagal Filmy Dunya: a film by Althea Thauberger

Althea Thauberger, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
Zarmeené Shah, Karachi, Pakistan 

MIRROR | CINEMA | CITY: KARACHI CAPRI Althea Thauberger: The Capri Cinema Project By Zarmeené Shah Through a small window in a closed door, we see the world outside from...

Refugees Tell Their Stories to the State

Ralph Severijns, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 
Translation: Niels Bekkema,  

The tenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: All refugees have a story, often an incredible one, of the events that led them to flee their homes and seek...

Translating Manus and Nauru: Refugee Writing

Moones Mansoubi, Sydney, Australia 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The ninth piece in our Polity of Literature series: From 2014 until 2018, Iranian-Australian translator, Moones Mansoubi, worked with asylum seekers imprisoned in Australia’s “Offshore Processing Centres” on Manus and Nauru...

Performing Ceremony Amidst the “Yellow Peril”

David Ng, Vancouver, Canada 

 In late April the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown—just two blocks from where I live—was vandalized with anti-Asian racist graffiti, setting off a wave of anxiety and fear...

Prison Books in the Time of Refugees

Matthew Stadler, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The eighth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Books cited in this essay: Plato, Crito and Phaedo Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, The Relation...

Second-Hand Normalities

German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 

Second-hand Normalities is an animated short film and podcast that recounts the first days of the coronavirus outbreak in Bilbao, Spain through the eyes of a nurse and doctor working...

Distance of Space

Matthew Heiti, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 
Caitlin Heppner, Ottawa, Canada