THE STATE is a publishing and editorial platform based out of Dubai. We are interested in post-colonial vernaculars, South-South relations, and the future weird. We publish ESSAYS, MIXTAPES and BOOKS, and produce PROJECTS and EVENTS.



A Thousand Channels: A Talk with Syma Tariq

TheState and Alserkal Avenue are excited to be collaborating with the Ancestors project to present its radio iteration, A Thousand Channels, in Dubai. A central question: what can critical listening tell us about the global south today? A Thousand Channels is a new series of radio episodes ass...

THE STATE talk @ Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Amsterdam

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum is a great bookshop in Spui, Amsterdam, a popular address for book-lovers. The store sits at a corner where tourists and the literati rummage through all types of printed material. They sell everything from architectural digests, Vogue, independent literary magazines, zines, ...

THE STATE @ 8ª Feira Tijuana de Arte Impressa, São Paulo

There is no better way to to learn of independent publishing from Brazil and some South & Central American countries than attending 8ª Feira Tijuana de Arte Impressa. We participated in the publishing fair not knowing what to expect and ended up making a whole bunch of new friends and managed to sel...

Syntax Freezone

'Accented' works out from the premise that the accent is an enduring sign or figure of cultural difference in the age of globalization. While the processes of globalization promise homogenization, transparency and translation across cultures, the accent—localized in and expressed through the body—is...

the state is growing

We are super thrilled to announce the addition of Caitlin Hu, Tiana Reid, Deepak Unnikrishnan as editors of THE STATE, Raja'a Khalid as contributing editor, and Lantian Xie as editor-at-large. They join us after having contributed extensively to the development of THE STATE as an editorial and p...