9 June 2023 - 9 June 2023
1:30PM - 4:30PM
Durham University Teaching and Learning Centre, Room 101
Come spend an afternoon exploring zines created by academics from around the UK, listen to talks about the relationship between feminism and zine culture, and maybe even try your hand at creating a zine page of your own!
Photo by Max Letek on Unsplash
Supported by Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) and Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) , we are running a zine fest as an alternative to traditional academic conferences. Zines are created to articulate emerging ideas, lived experiences, and radical positions through a more visual and accessible medium - what is so great about zines is that they allow us, as academics, to present our research outside of the traditional presentation/poster format.
There will be an introductory panel talk about feminism and (maga)zines from past to future (more information below). The zine fest itself will be a drop-in session where attendees can see the zines that have been created for the fest, talk to the creators of the zine, and take away free printed copies. The room will be set up so that you will be able to walk around and take in the zines at your own pace.
Along with a number of yet-to-be-titled zines
There will also be a workshop station set up at the fair where attendees can re-mix the zines they encounter, or create a brand new zine page of their own. Don’t worry if you have never made a zine before - Lu Williams from Gurrl Zine Fair will be positioned at the workshop station to provide general guidance on how to make zine pages.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm TLC101
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2:30 pm - 4:30 pm TLC101
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1:30pm - 2:30pm
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This panel talk will explore the role zines and magazines have played in feminist thought from past to future. Presenters include:
A zine (pronounced zeen) is a self-produced publication often in a scrap-booked/DIY aesthetic. While zines can be about any topic, they have played an important role in disseminating activist, anarchist, queer, and third-wave feminist thought. As a self-published medium, they allow for people to disseminate ideas/information/images/representations that are missing or excluded from dominant publications (whether that is mainstream media or academic texts).
We are running a zine fest as an alternative to traditional forms of academic gatherings. Zines are created to articulate emerging ideas, lived experiences, reflections, and radical perspectives that may be rejected or ignored by the mainstream. There is no reviewer 2 or a ‘required canon’ to cite – it is about expressing your ideas in a format that makes sense to you. Zines are never intended to have a wide circulation, they are about finding and making connections between people. It is not about defending the relevance or uniqueness of your idea to an audience, but about finding those who resonate with what you are saying.
While we are not saying that all traditional academic gatherings should be replaced with zine fests, we do think there are a lack of spaces directed towards connection and creative expression in academia. We want to run a zine fest to foster that space.