Title

Between activism and academia: Zine-making as a feminist response to COVID-19

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Gender and Education

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Education / Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) / Centre for People, Place and Planet

RAS ID

35917

Comments

Gray, E. M., Pollitt, J., & Blaise, M. (2021). Between activism and academia: Zine-making as a feminist response to COVID-19. Gender and Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2021.1931045

Abstract

This paper gives an account of a series of three Zoom zine-making workshops run between March and July 2020 that were themed the political, the personal and the practical. A micro-reading of the zines is offered as data that mirror the aims of the workshops, to queer time by slowing down and creating a pause. The process of zine-making as feminist praxis is examined, and the zines themselves are discussed as data that reflect specific moments in time during the early phases of the pandemic. By inviting everyday feminist academic workers, from PhD candidates to professors to participate in a collective act of zine-making, this paper argues that a type of feminist work exists between academia and activism that subverts institutional definitions of productivity, collaboration and output.

DOI

10.1080/09540253.2021.1931045

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Creativity, culture and artistic practice

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