features a collection of pieces that examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a relatively consistent set of personal and critical lenses. Many of these pieces take on the difficult task of speaking for ordinary Palestinians, providing a series of challenging, thought provoking encounters. But where the consistency of critical focus that enables such important and generative provocation is perhaps a little less "nebulous" than usual, the object of that focus is itself suggestive of another metaphoric working of nebulousness.
Diffuse nebulae have no clear borders. Though they may appear to us through imperfect mediation as indistinct masses stained by fierce bands of light, they are also the collective shape of a whole series of complex, interlocking tensions. Apprehending the forms of these tensions, too often at the limits of our vision, requires a perspective that prioritises both depth and diversity. While I hope not to stretch the metaphor too far, I would add that the articles in this issue make significant contributions to the acquisition of such a perspective. I hope they engage you as much as they did me.