She's With Me

A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle

Riot Grrrl History, Underground Itineraries, and Girl Zine Networks: Unruly Subjects in the 1990s and Beyond

When: Thursday, May 14th, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: UW Campus, Student Union Building (HUB), Room 145

Drawing on recently established zine archives and oral history interviews with former girl zine producers as well as with zine librarians, archivists, and commentators, Janice Radway explores the significance of the fact that dissident and non-conforming girls and young women developed an interest in what are now called “girl zines” through a number of different routes, with a range of different interests, 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 and at punk performances both in the ’90s and later. Still others learned of them through popular magazines, college courses, public and private libraries, or through quite varied friendship networks. The fact of this social, material and temporal variability raises important questions about whether “girl zines” should be thought of as a unitary genre and, correlatively, whether the girl zine explosion itself should be construed as secondary effect of the apparently pre-existing Riot Grrrl phenomenon.
Tracing the different itineraries and trajectories that these zines followed over time raises additional questions about whether these two social occurrences should be understood as an event, a social movement, a discourse, a political intervention, or something else. In seeking to explore these issues, Radway raises questions about how to think about the recent history of feminism and its relationship to other “new social movements” at a time of significant economic, political, and technological change.

Janice Radway (Northwestern University) is Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of American studies and gender studies. She is also the director of the Rhetoric and Public Culture Program within the communication studies department. Radway is widely known for her scholarship on readers, reading, books, and the history of middlebrow culture.


About sheswithmeseattle

She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.


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