Zines Assemble

Kin Long Tong's picture
June 30, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Library and Information Science, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Zines ASSEMBLE is a one-day online symposium on Friday 9th September 2022, with formal and informal talks, presentations and sharing, followed by a 24-hour zine jam, with facilitated in-person and online zine making over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.

We want to:

  • Promote zines studies as a transdisciplinary field
  • Advance a particular agenda for zines research
  • Provide a space for building connections with zines researchers across the globe
  • Bridge the gaps between creative, professional and academic practices

We’re looking for proposals for the online symposium of : 20 minute presentations / 5-10 minute lightning or work-in-progress talks / workshop facilitators.

We welcome submissions from anyone involved in zine cultures, including zine makers and making collectives, zine researchers, zine librarians, zine educators, zine publishers or distributors.

Submissions should fall into one of the following categories: 

  • A 20 minute presentation (similar to a traditional conference paper) (six slots available) 
  • A 5-10 minute lightning or work in progress talk - this is less formal and available for presenters who would like to share developing work, talk about ongoing projects, or share skills or knowledge in another way (six slots available) 
  • A workshop (one slot available)

You could respond to one or more of the following prompts in your submission: 

  • Making: zine making practices; technologies that enable and change zine making; making spaces and communities for zine making (e.g. zine fairs, zine libraries); documenting/making histories.
  • Researching: methods; ethics; dynamics.
  • Using: uses of zines in classrooms; the use of zines as data/sources; access to zines in archives and libraries; digitisation of zines; queer use; application of knowledge.
  • Connecting: networks and communities underpinning zine making, zine research and zine collections; relationships within networks; social dynamics of zine culture.
  • Bridging: the movement of zine makers into institutions (universities, museums, galleries etc); the movement of researchers into zine spaces; zines as “third space” objects.
  • Locating: contexts in which zines are made, collected, curated, exhibited and distributed; the establishment of zine libraries and archives, personal zine collections and zines in dialogue with each other.
  • Feeling: emotional dimensions relating to the making and use of zines; emotions in zine research; zines and identity; zines and experience.
  • Knowing: zines as situated knowledge; zines as interventions in traditional knowledge production.
  • Teaching and learning: Zine pedagogy; zine workshops; skills and knowledge sharing; zines as grassroots education/educational tools; understanding realities and making sense through zines.

Funding support is available for 20 minute presentations (£50) and workshop facilitators (£150). This is designed to support participation from people otherwise unfunded to attend (e.g.not needing to take annual leave from work to attend or not funded by study or work to attend).

Deadline for submissions is 30th June 2022. More information on how to submit below:


Any questions? Contact us at zinesassemble@gmail.com


Contact Info: 

Kin-long Tong, Department of Information Studies, University College London

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