As this issue goes to press, we are writing in the shadow of ongoing horrors being perpetrated in Gaza and across the Middle East at large. We stand in solidarity with those in and outside Occupied Palestine who demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The cover is a collage of art and posters created by Favianna Rodriguez (Stop the Genocide) for the INCITE! Palestine Force movement, Josh Mayfield (Palestine keys, Ceasefire), Lubna Alee (doves and olive branches, Indigenous Recognizes Indigenous), and Hugo Henriques (mother and child). Rodriguez’s work honors Heba Zagout, a member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective, who was killed with her two children in their home by an Israeli air strike on October 13, 2023. Across these posters, the call to cease hostilities against Palestinians and to ask for liberation—especially the message to “Stop the Genocide” and “Cease Occupation”—link us back to the Third World solidarities of the early decolonization period when the struggles of the people of Vietnam and Palestine, of South Africa and Palestine, were intimately linked in public and political spheres. As the cover image of the Palestinian keffiyeh and Native American headdress reminds us, “Indigenous Recognizes Indigenous.”

Our opening section, “Material Selves,” interrogates the mechanics and formal relationships between material and political formations, on the one hand, and selfhood and social identities, on the other: how do material constructions around geological, biological, and cultural property shape nationalist discourses? And, more broadly, how does scientific knowledge create new experiences of selfhood and collective identities? Ciruce Movahedi-Lankarani, Can Dalyan, and Meir Hatina take on these very queries of investigation while Omer Topal, Hakan Ongur, and Luna Sabastian provide parallel venues for interrogating pan-regional, supremacist, and ethno-nationalist ideologies.

In the special section edited by Chandana Anusha, Ayesha Omer, and Devika Shankar, “Port Environments in South Asia,” the history of the littoral built-environment and the rise of commerce are investigated across a series of major sites, including some that never came to fruition. Following these legal, commercial, and naval entanglements in this way offers us a creatively novel and critical reading of the interrelationship between the histories of the seas and the history of capital in the Indian Ocean world.

The last part of this issue is devoted to two kitabkhanas. The first considers Manijeh Moradian's This Flame Within: Iranian Revolutionaries in the United States. Edited and introduced by Sunaina Maira, the contributions by Alex Lubin, Gayatri Gopinath, Golnar Nikpour, Amy Malek, and Abdel Razzaq Takriti discuss Moradian's study of Iranian student activists and the significance of their freedom dreams and their revolutionary affects and possibilities both as Iranian and as diasporic actors.

The second kitabkhana brings together two important contributions in urban studies and studies of capitalism and globalism: Neferti Tadiar's Remaindered Life and AbdouMaliq Simone's The Surrounds: Urban Life within and beyond Capture, both of which push us to think of urban spaces in their complex entirety. Edited and introduced by Julia Elyachar, the essays that follow by Pedro Monaville, Wale Adebanwi, and Nasser Abourahme explore the sometimes surprising resonances between these important texts. The kitabkhana then concludes with an exciting roundtable discussion among Elyachar, Tadiar, and Simone.