6th Annual Carl W. Ubbelohde Lecture
Dissident and non-conforming girls and young women developed an interest in what now called "girl zines" through a number of different routes, with a range of different interests in mind, and at different moments over the course of the last twenty years. Some were directly inspired by Riot Grrrl bands in the early 1990s. Others happened across zines at alternative bookstores and info-shops or learned of them through popular magazines, college courses, public and private libraries, or varied friendship networks. This social, material and temporal variability raises interesting and important questions about whether "girl zines" should be thought of as a unitary phenomenon and, correlatively, whether the girl zine explosion should be thought of as an event, a social movement, a conversation, a political intervention, or something else. Drawing on oral history interviews with former girl zine producers as well as zine librarians, archivists, and commentators, this presentation will raise questions about how to think the recent history of feminism and its relationship to subject formation and other "new social movements" at a time of significant economic, political, and technological change in the 1980s, 90s, and into the 21st century.
This event is not sponsored by the Schubert Center, but may be of interest to our friends and colleagues.