About the Journal
Issues (opens in a new window) is a multilingual journal of short essays on topics of historical and contemporary relevance, housed at the Institute for Culture and Society.
Issues is edited by Dr Malini Sur and Associate Professor Liam Magee with creative design by Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath and Oznur Sahin.
Dr Sur describes: As a multilingual collection, the journal is a way to collectively acknowledge the diversity of academic backgrounds we come from, and also the diversity of languages in which we speak, think and write.
The four essays in the inaugural issue (opens in a new window)move across geographies and time, foregrounding diverse themes: the centrality of agrarian and Aboriginal labour in the making of nations; the ecological crisis and notions of justice; and the resilience of Indigenous communities who make life liveable even in post-disaster landscapes. Written in Chinese, Spanish, Bengali and English, this collection spans 19th century Australia and China to the current ecological crisis that connects lives across Latin America and South Asia.
- ‘From Banana Plantations to Schools: The Role of Remittances from Australia to South China’ (opens in a new window)by Christopher Cheng (in Chinese and English)
- ‘The Baludarri Pathway’ (opens in a new window)by Dr Gabriela Coronado (in Spanish and English)
- 'Knowledge, Culture, Ecologies’ (opens in a new window)by Associate Professor Juan Francisco Salazar (in Spanish and English)
- ‘Post-Aila in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans’ (opens in a new window)by Sajal Roy (in Bengali and English).
Volume 2 (opens in a new window) covers subjects of contemporary and historical importance in anthropology, urban studies, and architecture. The four essays in this collection are on the value of water, urban renewal, caste and notions of time, and post-earthquake reconstruction and heritage. In addition to English, there are essays in Icelandic, Hindi, Dutch, and Nepali.
- “In our time”: Generation as critical demography (opens in a new window) by Bhoomika Joshi (in Hindi and English)
- The value of water in Iceland (opens in a new window) by Helena Onnudottir (in Icelandic and English)
- Will ‘smart’ cities be sustainable cities? (opens in a new window) by Marten Boekelo (in Dutch and English)
- (Re)constructing heritage in Bhaktapur, Nepal (opens in a new window) by Vanicka Arora (in Nepali and English)
Volume 3 (opens in a new window) brings together five essays on protest and architecture, metaphors of place, agriculture and identity, conflict and community, and state violence and human rights discourse. In addition to English, there are essays in Bengali, Bodo, Italian, Karen and Malay.
- A view from the Roof: Space and politics in South Asia (opens in a new window) by Layli Uddin (in Bengali and English)
- The Cloud, geographical advantage, and the metaphors of the Earth (opens in a new window) by Andrea Pollio (in Italian and English)
- Cultivating rice and community in Sabah, Malaysia (opens in a new window) by Elizabeth Gimbad (in Malay and English)
- Resisting a riot in Bodoland, Northeast India (opens in a new window) by Rishav Kumar Thakur (in Bodo and English)
- Karen activism at the Thai-Burma borderlands (opens in a new window) by Rachel Sharples (in Karen and English)
Volume 4 (opens in a new window) offers a collection of essays in Dutch, Nepali, iTaukei, Pijin and Turkish, in addition to English. The first three essays relate the impacts of COVID 19 on diverse forms of social life, discussing waste and blame in Amsterdam, kinship and care in New York, and digital media and barter economy in Fiji. The final two essays explore the role of smartphones in everyday life in Solomon Islands, and the political performance of urban space in Turkey.
- Blame: on cardboard boxes in the streets of Amsterdam (opens in a new window) by Annemarie Mol (in Dutch and English)
- Who Will Care for the Care Worker? The COVID-19 Diaries of a Sherpa Nurse in New York City (opens in a new window) by Ross Perlin, Nawang T. Gurung, Sienna R. Craig, Maya Daurio, Daniel Kaufman, and Mark Turin (in Nepali and English)
- Compassion and Virtue: Social media-enabled bartering in Fiji during COVID-19 (opens in a new window) by Glenn Finau, Jason Titifanue, Romitesh Kant, Suliasi Vunibola, Geir Henning Presterudstuen and Heather Horst (in iTaukei and English)
- The Solomon Islands Smartphone Today (opens in a new window) by Sharon Inone, Geoffrey Hobbis and Stephanie Ketterer Hobbis (in Pijin and English)
- Politics and the performance of space in Istanbul (opens in a new window) by Öznur Şahin (in Turkish and English)