Message posted on 08/11/2021

CfP: Zines and self-publishing in Chinese cultures [Two-day online conference, Jan 14th/21st]

Theme: A two-day conference exploring zines and self-publishing in Chinese = cultures*. The conference encourages submissions from any intellectual, aca= demic or artistic perspective, and we further encourage contributions that = explore zines and self-publishing related to feminist perspectives and LGBT= QI+ themes.

*The conference focuses on zines and self-publishing cultures related to Gr= eater China and China in the broadest conception. This includes, but is not= limited to, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, speakers of Chinese related= languages or languages spoken in Greater China and the Chinese diaspora.

Date: January 14th and 21st

Time: 09:00 - 17:00 GMT

Format: Online, but we can help organise regional clusters for those who wi= sh to take part communally and offline

Submission Deadline: November 26th

Contact: carwyn.morris@manchester.ac.uk

Submission: https://forms.gle/Ukq7kSZWEPYbUMsL7

About: zines, often forms of do-it-yourself self-published booklets, were t= hought by many to be a potential casualty of the digital age. Rather than l= osing their relevance, zines have re-emerged as a profound, powerful, and i= ntimate form of story-telling, information sharing and artistic practice. F= urthermore, the rise in digital media may have helped zine scenes grow, wit= h digital formats circulating online, printing services easier to access, g= reater knowledge about zines, and the ability to edit zines digitally.

Yet, while zines are increasingly popular, published research on zines in C= hinese cultures is still limited. This is surprising, as zines in Chinese c= ultures have been used to tell many academically relevant stories, includin= g stories of protest, migrant lives, diasporic thought, racism, food cultur= es, gender inequality and LGBTQI+ struggles. Additionally, zines as self-pu= blished media circulate transnationally while enabling transnational conver= sations and solidarity. Zines do all of this while also being a form of sel= f-publishing that can circumvent multiple modes of censorship.

Furthermore, zines are one form of self-publishing but zines do not exist i= n a bubble. While this conference is centred on zines, the conference is op= en to discussing other forms of self-publishing alongside conversations on = zines. This includes self-published writing, video and audio, including sel= f-published music and podcasts.

The conference will also host two online zine making workshops. One zine ma= king workshop will be hosted by Hong Kong=92s Zine Coop and another by the = Shenzhen/NYC based Little Mountain Press. We also hope to compile and circu= late a conference zine catalogue, where zine makers can share their zines t= o conference participants. Through these activities we hope to reflect on t= he practice and content of zines in Chinese cultures and to inspire partici= pants to make their own zines. We hope to have you on board too!

As an emerging area of research, this conference is not limited to =91zine = experts=92 (or any other =91experts=92) but seeks to bring interested parti= es together to imagine new possibilities. This may include, but is not limi= ted to, (i) those researching zines related to Chinese cultures, (ii) schol= ars of zines more broadly, (iii) scholars of self-published and feminist me= dia related to Chinese cultures and (iv) zine makers. To help discuss these= issues we have several academic and non-academic experts already confirmed= as taking part in the conference, including Little Mountain Press, Zine Coop, Krish Ra= ghav, Rosemary Clark-Parsons, Hongwei Bao, Dian Dian, Kirsty Fife, Denise Kwan, Melanie= Ramdarshan Bold and Kin Long Tong

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