books and scissors with the words Zine-Making Toward Social Change

A group of five zine makers will present “Zinemaking Toward Social Change: Artivism, Rhetoric, and Publishing Minoritarian Cultures,” at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 21, via Zoom. Registration for the event can be found here.

Zines are do-it-yourself group or individual print publications similar to magazines. “They have historically functioned as an inexpensive and hands-on method of creating and circulating materials,” said  Dr. Ela Przybyło, who organized the event with Dr. Erika Sparby. “Zines have been especially utilized by BIPOC, feminist, and queer communities to challenge dominant ideas around gender, racism, and sexuality as well as the exclusivity of the publishing industry.”

Zine-Making Toward Social Change will feature five speakers, Adela Licona, Aleksandra Kamińska, Agata Wnuk, Yingchen Kwok, and Ying Tong.

Licona is the founder of the Art of Change Agency: “Entremundos” and associate professor emeritus of English at the University of Arizona. She has published on zines and created many of them herself. Kamińska and Barbara Wnuk founders of Girls* to the Front, a Warsaw based feminist collective that produces zine.  Kwok and Ying Tong created a zine called an aromantic conception, a zine on aromanticism.

Funding for this event has been provided by the ISU Fell Grant, the Harold Sage Fund, and the Illinois State University Foundation.

For more information, please visit the event website.