The Undutiful Daughter’s : Results of the ‘Gender, Technology, and Zine-Making in the Neoliberal University ’ Workshop

by: & Megen de Bruin-Molé , January 14, 2020

On 11 March 2019, several makers, including Mihaela Brebenel, Megen de Bruin-Molé, Özlem Demirkol, Sally Grant, Jennifer McHugh, Eda Sancakdar Onikinci, Samantha Schäfer and Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, participated in a training workshop on issues of gender and technology, and the role of researcher, educator and artist in the current neoliberal university. As part of this workshop they collaborated on a series of zine panels. Materials used in the collages included arts journals, home decorating magazines, children’s activity books, cloth patches, and neoliberal policy and support materials from Higher Education organisations, including Vitae’s ‘Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’.

On 14 March the two workshop organisers printed a zine on Winchester School of Art’s Riso machine, collating material from the workshop with poetry and prose sent from the other makers by e-mail. Many thanks to Emily Blewitt and Wanda O’Connor for granting permission for their poetry to be reproduced here (‘When I Think of Bald Men’ by Emily Bewitt, from This Is Not a Rescue, Seren Books, 2017; ‘Fugue State’ by Wanda O’Connor, previously published in DataBleedZine, Issue Two).

A hi-res scan of the original panels can be downloaded here.

The Riso printing was funded by the WSA Graduate School, and kindly facilitated by two undergraduate technicians, Alice and Harry. To save on printing costs the zine was printed on donated paper, which was, serendipitously, a vivid shade of pink.

The workshop organisers have reflected on the process of making this zine in the article ‘The Carrier Bag of Feminist Pedagogy: Zine-Making as Training in the Neoliberal University’, which has also been published in this issue of MAI.

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