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Announcing Complicating Colonialism

A collaborative project examining how these legacies shape our lives in unexpected ways


We’re excited to announce our 21st issue, in print and online: a collaborative and international effort to explore the complicated legacy of colonialism and the many ways this legacy continues to shape both global policies and daily lives. Rather than focusing on a single location, this guide traces the modern manifestation of colonialism all around the world. “Colonialism” can feel like a buzzword these days, but as ever, our goal is to explore how this broad concept plays out in daily lives—through our food, the languages we speak and the ways we navigate our closest relationships.

We hope this issue serves as a timely tool, delving into the ways that colonial power and anti-colonial resistance remain a critical lens for viewing our world, as well as the ways many individuals, working in both good faith and bad, twist these narratives to serve different goals. You’ll find stories from around the world, in post-Soviet public spaces and Chinese prisons, British hospitals and Indian rallies. It even will take you off-planet, where the wealthy and powerful have begun to stake claims on Mars.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be sending out these stories to you. You can also check out some of them here. Please help us spread the word—share this work, encourage others to buy the issue or subscribe to support this work!

This project is a result of an ambitious partnership between Stranger’s Guide, Coda Story and ZEG Storytelling Festival. Coda Story was created to “stay on the story” and to keep reporting on stories long after big name outlets left. Stranger’s Guide builds global citizenship through original reporting from local journalists around the world. And, the ZEG Storytelling Festival brings these stories alive on stage with storytellers from across different industries to examine where the future is taking us. The goal of this project is to complicate the concept of colonialism, to challenge perceptions and widen understanding. It is also to explore a collaboration between three very different, yet extremely complimentary organizations.

Our partnership is made up of three pieces:

  • Print: The latest issue of Stranger’s Guide, now available in bookstores and on newsstands across the United States and Europe, kicks off the conversation. Co-published on the Stranger’s Guide and Coda websites, the stories trace the modern manifestation of colonialism all around the world.
  • Live: We are launching the series at the Zeg Storytelling Festival taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia this weekend, where we will host a dozen of discussions around colonialism (along with many other themes) as part of the festival’s rich program.
  • Online: Coda will stay on the story and sustain the conversation beyond the print issue and the festival, through regular publishing, online and in-person events and newsletters.

For the past six years, Stranger’s Guide has traveled around the world, from Lagos to Chicago, New Orleans to Hanoi, empowering local writers to tell stories from these places. The publication explores different locations through photography, essays, fiction and journalism. We have published new works by Edwidge Danticat, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Elena Poniatowska, Colum McCann, and Wole Soyinka to name a few. Our work garnered three National Magazine Awards and is sold on newsstands around the world.

Together with Coda and ZEG, we’re now working on an issue devoted to the country of Georgia. In the face of rising authoritarianism, thousands of Georgians are protesting in the streets and finding ways to speak out. We want to create more space for Georgian writers and photographers to share their stories about this important moment for their country. We would love your support on this initiative. To help us champion more Georgian journalists, please donate at strangersguide.com/donate, and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to Georgians working on the story.

Thank you so much as always for reading and supporting journalists around the world.

Kira Brunner Don & Abby Rapoport

Co-Founders, Stranger’s Guide


Contributor

Abby Rapoport

Abby Rapoport is the publisher and co-founder of Stranger's Guide. Abby spent the first portion of her career as a political reporter, covering Texas politics for the Texas Tribune, the Texas Observer and then The American Prospect. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, The National Journal and The New Republic. Prior to founding Stranger's Guide, she served as Acting Publisher for the Texas Observer and currently chairs the Texas Democracy Foundation.

Kira Brunner Don

Kira Brunner Don is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Stranger’s Guide. She worked as a magazine editor in New York for seventeen years and as a journalist in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She studied philosophy at The New School’s Graduate Faculty and worked at a think tank at Columbia University before joining Lapham’s Quarterly, where she was Executive Editor for eight years. She has received two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence in her role as Editor-in-Chief of Stranger’s Guide and one National Magazine Award in Photography for her photo curation. In 2022 she was named the FOLIO: Eddie and Ozzie Award’s Editor of the Year. She is co-editor of the book The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Politics of Intervention and was the co-founder of the Oakland Book Festival. She lives in Oakland, California with her two children.

Our 21st volume of Stranger’s Guide takes a new approach. Rather than focusing on a single location, this guide traces the modern manifestation of colonialism all around the world. “Colonialism” can feel like a buzzword these days, but as ever, ...

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