Zines & Handmade Publications: Possibilities for Personal Expression and Alternative Education

A zine, or fanzine, is a self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually produced today by a photocopier and circulated to less than 1,000 readers -- sometimes to as few as 100. Motivated by the desire for self-expression and not for profit, a zine tends to be counter culture, probing topics outside the mainstream: fanfiction, politics, art and design, personal journal, single topic obsession, sex and gender. Its origins date back to Thomas Paine who published Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America --a pamphlet published on January 9, 1776 that urged colonists to declare and fight for independence.

Given their appeal and impact, can zines work well in educational spheres? And just how do intentionally paper publications fit into the digital landscape of libraries? Zine libraries are found locally, across the nation, and in other countries, and teaching with zines may offer rich alternatives to more traditional methods.

Our panel will present some interesting perspectives and focus on the role of DIY publications in creating space for personal voice and personal expression, and as an extension in education, including the traditional classroom, non-traditional classroom, library, and other community spaces.

 Please RSVP no later than Monday, January 27th.