2022: An Inverse Year in Review
January 1, 2023
With 2022 just behind us, we look back at all the pieces published during the past year in ascending chronological order on an animated timeline. Here are all the pieces published by our contributors and from Creative Commons sources that shaped Inverse Journal's 2022. You can click on any piece that you may have missed or that you may want to revisit and it will open in a new browser tab. With this timeline, we say hello to a new year.

January 04, 2022

Mother leans against history — Two Poems by Zeeshan Ali

Zeeshan Ali presents two poems that process a history of war, one from the perspective of a "mother's longing for freedom" and another, a two-part…Read More

January 09, 2022

Sanjeev Sethi’s <i>Bleb</i>: Deceivingly Focussed Yet Ruefully Discreet — A Review by Dr. Sapna Dogra

Dr. Sapna Dogra reviews Sanjeev Sethi’s concise book of poems “Bleb” (Hybriddreich, 2021). In her short review, the academic excavates important aspects of the poet’s…Read More

January 15, 2022

Understanding Kant’s Duty-Based Ethics — by Faizan Akbar

Faizan Akbar presents a paper that also operates as an extensive book review of Immanuel Kant’s “Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals” (1785). After providing…Read More

January 16, 2022

A Poem in Which I Mourn a Friend — by Fadairo Tesleem

Years after the loss of his friend, Fadairo Tesleem brings us a poem in which the young Nigerian poet mourns such an untimely departure with…Read More

January 20, 2022

Rodolfo Walsh’s 1977 Open Letter to the Military Junta in Argentina — Introduced and Translated by Arturo Desimone

Written on March 24, 1977 in Buenos Aires, this letter "can be useful to readers to reflect on the new despotisms." This letter and the…Read More

January 20, 2022

Radio Kashmira — A Six-Part Poem by Kapil Kachru

In his six-part poem, Kapil Kachru versifies the experience of someone returning to a motherland from a great distance marked by the passage of greater…Read More

January 24, 2022

You’ll Never Recognise Yourself Again — Four Prose-Poems by Oz Hardwick

Oz Hardwick presents four prose-poems where a poetic archaeology excavates for meaning in spaces meant for display, where dioramas abound, while a poetic gaze retrieves…Read More

January 27, 2022

All This Helplessness, Heaped Over Us Like a Blanket — Three Poems by Saadia Peerzada

Saadia Peerzada presents three poems that are woven together by solitude, transience and momentary reflection. Verses such as these elucidate how poetry can emanate from…Read More

January 27, 2022

Being There — A Poem by Mubashir Karim

As the first month of this year comes to a close, we publish a poem by Mubashir Karim about the year that went by. Such…Read More

January 28, 2022

A Shepherd Boy — A Short Story by Ghulam Mohammad Khan

Ghulam Mohammad Khan presents a short story in which a shepherd goes through his daily routine of taking his sheep to “a dozen deep and…Read More

January 28, 2022

I Am a Temple of Worship With Trinket Dreams — Two Poems by Michael Lee Johnson

Michael Lee Johnson presents two poems, one that reflects on the lives of poets and the other on the passage of time as life goes…Read More

February 05, 2022

The world had loosened its tie — Two Poems by Glen Armstrong

Glen Armstrong presents two disquieting poems that move from the space of a family home into the pits of war.

February 06, 2022

Children of the Silent God — A Poem by Khurram Muraad Siddiquie

Khurram Muraad Siddiquie presents verses that reflect on a type of abandonment enshrined in centuries of solitude.

February 08, 2022

We cross the Red Sea every day — Two Poems by Miran Gulzar

Miran Gulzar presents two poems that counterpose erasure, grief and loss with faith, memory and remembrance. In the first poem, snow offers a momentary lapse…Read More

February 20, 2022

Dancing to the Tunes of an Algorithm: Mapping Labor Through Franco Berardi and Byung-Chul Han — by Muzaffar Karim

In this essay, Muzaffar Karim sets an important series of discussions in motion by evaluating four concepts—Time, Labor, Consent, Technology—and their interrelationship in the modern…Read More

February 25, 2022

Opinion: Reflecting on the Karnataka Hijab Row in India@75 — by Adwaith PB

Adwaith PB problematizes the “Hijab Row” in Karnataka while drawing upon multiple recognized examples from texts that historically determined the extent of freedom, liberty, and…Read More

March 11, 2022

Day and Night — A Short Story by Malini Bhattacharya

In Malini Bhattacharya’s short story, a young woman protagonist goes through her day busying herself in a frantic focus behind which a creeping subtlety gives…Read More

March 12, 2022

Gaekhir Republik: A Band Singing the Blues in Kashmir — A Short Documentary by NewsClick

Summary by NewsClick (via CC): With some intense songs about sorrow and prayer, the band Gaekhir Republik (GR) is one of the few bands that…Read More

March 16, 2022

On the Appropriation and Depoliticisation of the Pheran — by A. Makbool and Neelofar Gooroo

This piece by A. Makbool and Neelofar Gooroo raises important and relevant questions about what it means to wear the Kashmiri Pheran, lending particular attention…Read More

March 27, 2022

Examining Gentrification: A New Internal Colonialism — An Academic Essay by M. Moosa Khan

In this academic essay, M. Moosa Khan assesses a considerable amount of academic writing and research on gentrification to evaluate it as a type of…Read More

March 27, 2022

MUSIC FEATURE: A Song by Kristina Jacobsen Inspired by Ather Zia’s Poem “i. will. cross.” + Exclusive Interview with the Two Professors

In a rare and unprecedented instance, two professors from two different cultures meet at the crossroads of verse and song to produce a creative collaboration…Read More

April 01, 2022

When the Light Dawned by Somnath Zutshi — A Book Excerpt from <i>The Greatest Kashmiri Short Stories</i> Ever Told (trans. Neerja Mattoo, Aleph, 2022)

We are proud to present Somnath Zutshi's short story "When the Light Dawned" excerpted from The Greatest Kashmiri Short Stories Ever Told (Aleph, 2022) selected…Read More

April 16, 2022

Sufism in Cinema: The Case of <i>Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul</i> — by Ridade Öztürk

This article presents a discussion of key aspects of knowledge in Sufism through an analysis of the film Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul…Read More

May 22, 2022

Exhibition Review: “I am looking for you like a drone, my love” by Aziz Hazara + Unknown Carpet Makers

Amjad Majid presents a review of “I am looking for you like a drone, my love”, an exhibition showcasing work by Aziz Hazara and unknown…Read More

June 11, 2022

Merleau-Ponty’s Theory of Embodiment and its ‘Return to the Body’ — A Commentary by Mirum Quazi

Mirum Quazi applies Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s “Theory of Embodiment” and its articulation of “Return to the Body” to the act of artmaking. In the process, the…Read More

August 18, 2022

Gaash — A Call to Remembrance

On August 18th of 1990, Parveena Ahangar’s 17-year-old son Javaid Ahmed was taken by a specialized counter-insurgency group (the National Security Guards of the Indian…Read More

September 04, 2022

POETÈ MAUDIT — A Short Story by Muzaffar Karim

In this short story that commences at “the holy steps” of the Makhdoom Sahib shrine in Srinagar, a disgruntled character surprises the author of what…Read More

September 16, 2022

From Ghulam Nabi Doolwal to Janbaaz Kishtwari: The Journey of an Artist into the Heart of His People — An Essay by Garima Sudhan

Garima Sudhan visits legendary Kashmiri singer and musician Ghulam Nabi Doolwal’s native Kishtwar to unearth his journey and transformation into Janbaaz Kishtwari. The result is…Read More

October 01, 2022

Tending a Bonsai or How to Read a Translated Text without Knowing the Original — by Mubashir Karim

In this commentary on two translations of Alejandro Zambra’s novel “Bonsai”, Mubashir Karim performs an exercise in “literary appreciation” that functions equally well as a…Read More

October 23, 2022

“Post-Modernism and The Theory of Episteme” by Ahmad Javaid — An Urdu to English Translation by Faizan Rashid

Faizan Rashid presents an English translation of Ahmad Javaid’s “Ma-baad Jadidiyat: Kya Anarchy Hai”—“Post-Modernism and The Theory of Episteme”—originally published in Urdu by Rekhta.org.

October 23, 2022

ENGLISH MEDIUM — A Poem by Rumuz E Bekhudi

Rumuz E Bekhudi presents a poem that speaks to a worldwide audience of English learners or non-native speakers of English who carry with them a…Read More

November 07, 2022

On the Women’s Uprising in Iran: An Interview with Inshah Malik — by Lia Dekanadze

Lia Dekanadze (of the Social Justice Center in Georgia) interviews Kashmiri political theorist and gender researcher Inshah Malik about the ongoing women’s uprising in Iran…Read More

November 13, 2022

Fluid Transgressions and Skeptical Dislocations of the Human/Animal Binary in Montaigne’s “Man is no better than the animals” — by Sakhi Thirani

Of late, within emerging environmentalist and ecological discourses, it has become a fundamental and necessary practice to question any anthropocentric views of the world that…Read More

December 16, 2022

The Season of Transience and Fugitive Emotions: A Tribute to the Kashmiri Autumn — by Mir Yasir Mukhtar

Mir Yasir Mukhtar presents a tribute to autumn, the season that symbolizes transience and presages the renewal of life. Perhaps inadvertently, the young photographer captures…Read More

December 30, 2022

Hospital — An Excerpt from Freny Manecksha’s “Flaming Forest, Wounded Valley” (Speaking Tiger, 2022)

Freny Manecksha presents an excerpt from the sixth chapter of her latest book, Flaming Forest, Wounded Valley, published earlier this year by Speaking Tiger Books.…Read More

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