Herizons fall 2023 special issue on REFUSAL begins with a fascinating interview by Herizons senior editor Christina Hajjar with the renowned feminist thinker Sara Ahmed, about her new book, The Feminist Killjoy Handbook. The issue also features the work of Toronto visual artist Ojo Agi (whose illustration is on the issue’s cover) and Jennifer Smith, who writes on Indigenous Futurism and refusal. The issue also includes a How to Say No guide, timely columns, and book reviews.
HERIZONS MAGAZINE, 37.3, FALL 2023
Table of Contents
INTRODUCING THE FEMINIST KILLJOY
“Feminist killjoy,” a term often used as a negative judgment and stereotype to dismiss feminists, has been reclaimed. In turning the judgment into a feminist project, the killjoy embodies the will to get in the way and speak truth to power.
by Sara Ahmed
REBEL AT THE TABLE
In Conversation with Sara Ahmed
Herizons interviews renowned feminist thinker Sara Ahmed, the author of 11 books, who discusses refusal, survival, and her new book, The Feminist Killjoy Handbook.
by Christina Hajjar
REFUSING THE GAZE
Notes On Self-Care and Looking Away
Toronto-based artist Ojo Agi writes about her practice of figurative drawing, which is informed by Afro-diasporic experiences. Agi reflects on how methods of refusal have informed her work, especially through the gazes of her figures.
by Ojo Agi
LOVE AS REFUSAL
Indigenous Futurism and Indigenous Sovereignty are affirmed as powerful methods of collectivity, refusal, and self-determination. Love, which is embedded into these concepts, speaks to the need for honesty, advocacy, and remembrance.
by Jennifer Smith
HOW TO SAY NO: A ROAD MAP
Often negotiating grey areas, artists need strategies to decide if and how to say “no.” Use
this road map to consider what to do the next time someone offers you an opportunity.
by Christina Battle
TO PLAY IN THE FACE OF CERTAIN DEFEAT
by Esmaa Mohamoud
Review by Elliot Walsh
curated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Michelle LaVallee & Cathy Mattes
Review by Victoria Perrie
by Mina Shanmugalingam
SUBVERTING ORIENTALISM IN DESIRE
by Hazim Ismail
REFUSING THE CLOSET
by Celeste Trianon