GRRRL ZINE DATABASE
This is a free on-line searchable database for online and print zines produced by girls and women around the world. The database is first and foremost a tool to ensure the documentation of grrrl zines and to provide a platform for communication, networking and research. The goal is to make grrrl zines more accessible, as well as to establish a "living history" archive.
The database can be searched by zine titles, authors, languages, regions, types, and keywords, as well as other items. All zinesters can submit a listing, so the information available remains relevant. When you register, you receive your own login, however, you can also login as guest.
- Search grrrl zine listings (by title, creator, country, language etc.)
- List and submit a zine
- If your zine is grrrl-positive, feminist, political and talks about issues that concern us grrrls, ladies and trans folks in our daily lives, submit it!
- Your zine can be written in any language but please (if possible) submit the zine listing in English.
- Only submit what you are comfortable with.
- DO NOT list private addresses out of security and privacy reasons. ONLY P.O. Box addresses. Thanks!
No sexist, discriminatory, racist, homophobic, transphobic and the-like remarks will be tolerated.
- Edit or archive your zine listing
If you want to do so, drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
So, submit your zine or distro and give us some feedback!
ENTER the Grrrl Zine Database
Supported by a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant within the 6th European Community Framework Programme.
About this project
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About this project
A database and analysis of female-youth produced zines (in short: FEM-Zines)
Supported by a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant within the 6 th European Community Framework Programme
Researcher: Elke Zobl
Department for Interdisciplinary Research and Cultural Studies,
International Centre for Culture and Management Salzburg
Mainstream media fails to provide a venue for many people – in particular young people and women - who find themselves excluded or misrepresented. In response, in the last few years an increasing amount of girls and women have taken the tools of cultural production into their hands and have created their own media. However, this increase in cultural productivity has gone largely undetected so far and needs to be documented and analyzed. To counter this gap, this interdisciplinary project focuses on archiving and analyzing self-published print and online magazines produced by and for female youth. It builds on various disciplines; most prominently, gender studies, cultural studies and media studies.
The aim of the FEM-Zines database and analysis is to develop and maintain an interactive, online system to preserve, archive, and analyze female youth-produced media as well as to connect European and international research on this subject. This interactive database and research platform will make female youth-produced media more accessible, establish a “living history” archive and provide the basis for further research. An analysis of the data collected will give us significant insights into the demographics and issues female youth are concerned with today.
|The database has been developed out of the web site
GRRRL ZINE NETWORK:
Elke Zobl, Dr., Project leader
Elke Zobl (Salzburg, Austria, 1975) studied at the Mozarteum and University of Salzburg, and at Duke University in North Carolina (USA), as well as at the University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, where she received her PhD in Art Theory and Cultural Studies (2004). From 2000 to 2004 she has done research for her dissertation at the Department of Communication at the University of California San Diego, USA (funded by a DOC-Stipendium of the Austrian Academy of Sciences). Until 2006, she has continued her postdoctoral research at the same department (funded by an Erwin Schrödinger Scholarship of the Austrian Science Fund). Her research focuses on media production, youth culture, gender, and social change. In 2001, she created the web site Grrrl Zine Network (http://grrrlzines.net) and contributed Grrrl Zines: „No Beauty Tips or Guilt Trips” to the exhibition First Story – Women Building/New Narratives for the 21st Century ( Porto, Portugal, 2001). Since then, she has curated many exhibits (e.g. the Mobile_Transborder Archive with Ute Meta Bauer for inSite05, http://www.insite05.org) and organized workshops in San Diego, California. Among others, Elke Zobl’s work has been published in an.schlaege ( Austria), Fanzines 2 ( Germany), Hecate ( Australia), feminist collections ( USA), Peace Review ( USA), die.standard ( Austria) and Women in Action ( Philippines).
Haydeé Jiménez, BA, Research and Technical Assistant
Haydeé Jiménez (San Diego, USA, 1981) grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. She studied International Relations with a focus on Latin America at the University of California, Irvine as well as at Franklin College, Switzerland. Interested in issues such as human rights, environment, migration, and local culture in relation to borders, she became project assistant for the Mobile_Transborder Archive as part of inSite_05 http://www.insite05.org/internal.php?pid=17-357-37 in 2005. In addition, she has been working on electronic music projects where she uses computers and other electronic equipment to compose and produce experimental and other styles of music. Her interest and knowledge in media, social change and gender issues lead her to this project at the ICCM in Salzburg.
Sonja Eismann, MA, Research and Technical Assistant
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, 1973. Finished High School in Graz, Austria, and went on to study Comparative Literature, English and French Language and Literature in Vienna, Austria, Mannheim, Germany, Dijon, France, and at the University of California Santa Cruz, USA. She was editor and founding member of nylon - KunstStoff zu Feminismus und Popkultur, a popfeminist fanzine/journal, had a biweekly feminist radio show on orange 94.0, worked for the Austrian Broadcasting Company / FM4 and was project manager for
the now defunct Public Netbase t0 in Vienna. In 2002, she moved to Cologne, Germany, to work as an editor for popcultural monthly Intro. In 2003, she started the project "Re-Punk Electronic Music" about female performativity in punk and electronic music together with Christiane Erharter which was shown at the 3rd Berlin Biennale, Ladyfest Vienna 2004, the octavo festival internacional de video / arte / electrónica, Lima, Peru, and the Symposion "Überdreht" in Bremen, Germany. She is interested in a feminist critique of the representation of women in popular culture and regularly publishes in diverse newspapers, magazines and anthologies and gives talks and workshops about women in music and the media.
Red Chidgey, MA , Research and Technical Assistant
Red Chidgey (UK *1979) is author of the personal-political zines Varla's Passed Out Again, The Hand that Cradles the Rock and A Less Intimate Disappointment, Red has been active in the zine community for the past ten years and currently runs the feminist zine distro, Fingerbang. Trained as a Life-History researcher, Red studies zines as a new form of life writing narrative and is involved in third wave media projects with the UK-based Feminist Activist Forum. Regularly hosting zine-making workshops for community groups and festivals, specifically LGBT youth and young women, she curated last year's ZineFest! at the Women's Library, London; a day event bringing together workshops, panel discussions, zine readings and exhibitions for a multi-generational audience. Her photography appears in Gender in the Music Industry by Marion Leonard (Ashgate, 2007) and she recently contributed a chapter on riot grrrl zines to Riot Grrrl: Revolution GirlStyle Now! (Blackdog Publishing, 2007).
News and results
Exhibits and reading rooms
10-12/2007 Grrrl Zines: Selbstgemachte Magazine von Mädchen und Frauen in Salzburg und darüber hinaus im Jahr der Chancengleichheit für alle. Ausstellung im Büro für Frauenfragen und Chancengleichheit des Landes Salzburg (BFF).
Photos of EuRegio Mädchenaktionstag workshop
Photos of Girl Power Mädchengruppe
Photos of Infoladen Epizentrum Salzburg workshop
05-07/2007 The Grrrl Zine Archive. In: Lost & Found: Of Losses and Strategies of Cultural Self-Empowerment & The Riot Project , Shedhalle in Zürich, Switzerland.
05-06/2007 Das Grrrl Zines Netzwerk. In: DIY - Women Doing It For Themselves! Feminist Strategies in Cultural Self-Organisation. Curated by Christiane Erharter and Sonja Eismann, Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna.
03/30 – 1/04 2007 International Grrrl Zine Library, Women, Action & the Media 2007 (WAM!) conference. Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stata Center, USA- Presented by Elke Zobl and Sonja Eismann. http://www.centerfornewwords.org/cnw_programs/wam.php
March 8, 2007. Contribution of german-written grrrl zine archive to Women’s Networks and Media on International Women’s Day for the Women’s ministry, Vienna, organized by Margit Niederhuber.
09/2006. Do-It-Yourself: Grrrl Zines! Ein Archiv auf Reisen / A travelling archive. Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez. Hallein, schmiede06: TRANSFER.
The Schmiede is "a trading place for ideas, focusing on team work, communication and creation. It is a playground (space, infrastructure and time) where the international Schmiede-network comes together every year for ten days, to create a flexible centre for the exchange of information, knowledge, ways and means to cooperate." Quoted from www.schmiede.ca/ . Grrrl Zine Network had the opportunity to create a fanzine reading lounge and exhibit to compliment the themes of the Microfilmcinema festival that occurred during schmiede06: TRANSFER from September 22-25, 2006. Haydeé Jiménez, who was a participant of the TRANSFER work festival as an electronic music producer, also set up a zine exhibit in one of the large rooms of the abandoned salt factory in Hallein. Hanging zines from the ceiling to create hand and eye level access to the zines created interaction in this exhibit. Visitors were able to look around and sit down to read a few personal/political/Do-It-Yourself accounts written by young women from around the world. The themes exhibited in the Microfilmcinema festival – women produced media, Do-It-Yourself, and love and anarchy – were complimented with zines of similar content. More photos are available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/fotos/workshop_hallein.htm.
This project has been additionally supported by a grant from the Fonds der Landeshauptstadt Salzburg zur Förderung von Kunst, Wissenschaft und Literatur, which Elke Zobl received for the year 2006/2007.
31 Aug. – 3 Sept. 2006. Grrrl Zines from Europe: An Exhibit and Reading Room. Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context. 6th European Gender Research Conference. University of Łódź, Poland.
Grrrl Zines from Europe presentedan interactive, interdisciplinary and discursive space of grrrl zines at this conference.The zines, written in various European languages, were available for conference participants to read what was of interest to them. The selected zines dealt with a variety of topics, such as music; women’s bodies; the personal and political, and alternative views of parenting. On display were furthermore quotes from zinesters. Additionally, the web site Grrrl Zine Network (http://grrrlzines.net) provided an entry platform into the worldwide feminist zine community. All in all, visitors were able to get an insight into a great variety of European grrrl zines and into the rich experience of zine-making, distributing and reading.
Talks, presentations and workshops
01/2008 Grrrl Zine Diskussionsrunde und Workshop mit Red Chidgey und Steffi Müller. Ladyfest München.
11/2007 Talk at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; Institut für künstlerisches Lehramt (with Sonja Eismann): Women Getting Crafty: Handarbeit als radikale künstlerisch-politische Praxis.
11/2007 Round table and discussion with Jenny Gunnarsson (Sweden/UK), Red Chidgey (UK), Sonja Eismann (D/A), Elke Zobl (A) on “ Young women and the media: DIY strategies as self-empowerment” at the CivilMedia 2007: UnConference: Participation 2.0 in Salzburg.
10/2007 Grrrl Zines. Interview on Radiofabrik – Freier Rundfunk Salzburg.
10/2007 3 Grrrl Zine Workshops for the exhibit „ Grrrl Zines: Selbstgemachte Magazine von Mädchen und Frauen in Salzburg und darüber hinaus im Jahr der Chancengleichheit für alle” at the Mädchenpower Gruppe in Itzling, at the Infoladen in Salzburg and at the EuRegiomädchenaktionstag in Salzburg Im Auftrag und mit Unterstützung des Büros für Frauenfragen und Chancengleichheit des Landes Salzburg (BFF).
06/2007 Workshop by Sonja Eismann: Grrrl Zines a Go-Go! A Collaborative Grrrl Zine Workshop at Antifee Festival. Göttingen, Germany.
01/2007 Workshop by Elke Zobl: Girl Zines: Mädchenspezfische Magazine. Fachtagung Kinder- und Jugendarbeit: Medienpädagogik praktisch. Siegsdorf , Germany.
01/2007 Workshop by Elke Zobl: Do-It Yourself: Magazine selber Machen. Fachtagung Kinder- und Jugendarbeit: Medienpädagogik praktisch. Siegsdorf, Germany.
01/2007 Talks: The art of collecting: The grrrl zine archive and the Transborder_Mobile Archive of Insite05. geschmacksverstärker - sunday soup & talk Gespräche zu Themen der bildenden Kunst mit/with: Elke Zobl, Haydeé Jiménez und Alexandra Schüssler zu/on: Hoit's zsamm: Sammeln & Archivieren / togedda: collect & archive, Persicope, Salzburg
11/2006 Talk by Elke Zobl: Eine Einführung in die Welt der internationalen Grrrl Zines. Tagung des Hamburger Studienkollegs „Dekonstruktion und Gestaltung: Gender“, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.
10/2006 Participation of Elke Zobl in the symposion “Heranwachsen mit dem Internet. Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse und Perspektiven“. Tagung der Fachgruppe Medienpädagogik, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizisitk und Kommunikationswissenschaft. University of Salzburg, Dept. of Communication.
06/2006 Participation of Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez in the conference Civilmedia: Die Zivilgesellschaft und ihre Medien. Forum zu Rolle und Perspektiven partizipativer Medien at the ARGE Salzburg.
06/2006 Participation of Elke Zobl in the conference Intermediale künstlerische Bildung – Kunst-, Musik- und Medienpädagogik im Dialog, Mozarteum Salzburg.
3/2006 Workshop/reading room organized by Elke Zobl: The Rebel Girls, Rebel Wor(l)ds: A Grrrl Zine Reading Room. Reading lounge and workshop with the participation of Stephanie Müller. Her Postition in Transition 06, Hauptbücherei, Vienna, Austria.
Claudia Mitchell ( McGill University) and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Bishop’s University), eds. Grrrl Zines. In: Girl Culture. An Encyclopedia . Greenwood Press, USA, 2007.
Elke Zobl: Grrrl Zines: Zines mit feministischem Anspruch: Denn wir haben es satt! In: Third Wave Feminismus in Europa (working title). Sonja Eismann, ed. Ventil Verlag. 2007.
Elke Zobl: Connecting the Dots: Riot Grrrls, Ladyfests, and the International Grrrl Zine Network (with Kristen Schilt). In: The Post-Feminist, Post-Subculture Reader , Anita Harris, ed. Routledge: New Cork, Critical Youth Studies Series, forthcoming 2007.
Myspace, your space, whose space is it? Web 2.0 im Spannungsfeld von Kapitalismus, Gegenöffentlichkeit und Feminismus (with Sonja Eismann). Kunstfehler, Salzburg. Winter 2007/08, 16.
Rebel Girls, Rebel Wor(l)ds. In: Birgit Sauer, Margit Niederhuber und Katharina Pewny. Her position in transition. Löcker-Verlag: Wien, 2007, 87-91.
Grrrl Zines: Weil wir es satt haben! Grrrl Zines als Ort der Selbstbestimmung. In: Hot Topic: Lebensentwürfe junger Frauen . Sonja Eismann, ed. Ventil Verlag. 2007, 139-148.
Sonja Eismann and Elke Zobl. Grrrl Zines. In: Gender@Wiki: das Fachwiki der Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung im deutschsprachigen Raum , August 31, 2007. Available at: http://www2.gender.hu-berlin.de/gendermediawiki/index.php/Grrrl_Zines
Sonja Eismann and Elke Zobl. Grrrl Zines. In: Die Zeit Zünder, Bildergalerien. Online website of German Weekly Die Zeit. Hamburg: May 2007.
Music Fan-Zinesters: Supporting a woman’s right to rock(withHaydeé Jiménez). fiber: werkstoff für feminismus und popkultur. >>Musik<<. Vienna, Heft 10/2006, p. 88-89.
Vernetzung, Feminismus, Grrrl-Zines. Aus einem Gespräch mit Elke Zobl. Interview by Wolfgang Meisinger. In: Bartl, Angelika, Irene Lucas, Elisabeth Penker und Ruby Sircar (Hrsg.): [fem.] ADDITIVES. Stuttgart: Lautsprecherverlag, 2006.
Elke Zobl: Mehr als die Summe der einzelnen Teile: Über Feministische Fanzines, Musiknetzwerke und Ladyfeste (with Christiane Erharter). In: Female Consequences: Momente der Auflehnung in der Popularkultur. Rosa Reitsamer und Rupert Weinzierl, eds. Wien: Löcker Verlag. 2006. 17-30.
Elke Zobl: Von und für Mädchen und junge Frauen: Grrrl Zines in der Schule In: Schulqualität & Gender Mainstreaming. Tagungsbericht vom 23. November 2005, Landesberufsschülerheim Hallein. Eine Veranstaltung des LSR für Salzburg in Kooperation mit BMBWK, PIB Salzburg, Verein EfEU, Wien zur LehrerInnenfortbildung, 2006. 42 - 44.
UNZINE: "More Than Words". An interview with Rafaela Drazic from Hrvatska, Croatia. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, March 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/unzine.htm
What do We do When: "Community Response". An interview with Bekka from Sydney, Australia. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, March 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/whatdowedowhen.htm
Viva Adelita: "Revolutionary Force". An Interview with Sabina Barat from Monterrey, NL, México. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, March 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/vivaadelita_english.htm
The La-La Theory: "The Language of Love...For Zines!". An interview with Katie Haegele from Philadelphia, PA, USA. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, March 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/lalatheory.htm
Danger! Hole: "Feminism Loves You...". An interview with Liouxsie Doyle from New Jersey, USA. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, March 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/dangerhole.htm
Colouring Outside The Lines: "Everyone Can Be Creative". An interview with Melanie
from Leeds, UK. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, February 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/colouringoutsidethelines.htm
Hermana Resist: "Healing Communities by Writing". An interview with Noemi Martinez from Edinburg, Texas, USA. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, February 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/hermanaresist.htm
Madame Anatema: Solidarity, Feminism & Culture Without Borders. An interview with Stefanie & Inés from Tijuana, B.C., México. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, February 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/madameanatema_english.htm
Stick Figure Distribution & Mailorder. An interview with Gavin from Atlanta, GA, USA. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, February 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/stickfigure.htm
Lola and the Cartwheels: "Boogie D.I.Y. Riot-Style!". An interview with Emma, Charlotte, & Nicola from Sheffield, England. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, February 2008.
Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/lolaandthecartwheels.htm
blackjack&nutten: "Stereotyping- out, pop culture- in!". An interview with Sam from Leipzig, Germany. Interview by Sonja Eismann, Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, January 2008. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/blackjackundnutten.htm
Park it up your arse: "This zine is for all us 'weirdos'!". An interview with Leigh Ann from Limoges, France / Ireland. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, January 2008.
Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/parkitupyourarse.htm
Wolverette: "Taking you and your GRRRLness Seriously". An interview with Dodo B. from Tübingen, Germany. Interview by Sonja Eismann, Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, January 2008. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/wolverette.htm
Fallopian Falafel: "...bringing the Riot Grrrl culture to the Holy Land". An interview with Hadass S. Ben-Ari from Jerusalem, Israel. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, January 2008. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/fallopianfalafel.htm
Abbycomix: "Rock&roll soap-opera- stylin' mini-comics about life". An interview with Abby Denson from Brooklyn, NY, USA. Interview by Sonja Eismann, Haydeé Jiménez & Elke Zobl, January 2008. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/abbydenson.htm
trans.zine! An interview with Steph & Penner from Winnipeg, Canada. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, November 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/transzine.htm
Dumpling Diary, Little Venus ...and more of sectrets and love. An interview with Sandy von Delicious from Perth, Australia. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, August 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/sandydumplingdiary.htm
Elend&Vergeltung - a zine by aging cultural producers. An interview with Isabel Reiss from Bavaria/Zürich. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, August 2007.
Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/elendundvergeltung.htm
Plotki Femzine- a central european feminist zine. An interview with Anna Voswinckel from Berlin/Züric. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, July 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/plotki.htm
Story Zines, Kink and many More... An interview with Charlotte Cooper from London, England. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, July 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/kink.htm
Cherry Bomb Comics: Zine Shop & Library. An interview with Melissa and Tui from Auckland, New Zealand. Interview by Elke Zobl and Haydeé Jiménez, May 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/cherrybombcomics.htm
Ladies First Distro: "Just getting it out there." An interview with
Sanna from Linköping, Sweden. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, April 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/ladiesfirstdistro.htm
Representing Attitude in Hiphop: Anattitude Magazine & Here's a Little Story. An interview with Jeannette Petri, aka Jee-Nice from Brussels/ Paris/ Frankfurt. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, April 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/anattitude.htm
Teaching Personal Politics: Cien Fuegos. An interview with Sara Falls from Oakland, CA, USA. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, March 2007. Available at: http://www.grrrlzines.net/interviews/cienfuegos.htm
Sisters Distro. An interview with Marlene from Luleå, Sweden. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, March 2007. Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/sistersdistro.htm
Changing views by communicating Toilet Paper Zine. An interview with Alva Dittrich from Bonn, Germany. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, January 2007. Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/toiletpaper.htm
Smashing Gender Roles. Strength&Courage Zine. An interview with Michelle from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, January 2007. Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/strength&couragezine.htm
An open book. Oblivious Nation Zine. An interview with Cheyanne Payne (aka) Miss Oblivious from Washington, U.S.A. Interview by Haydeé Jiménez and Elke Zobl, November 2006. Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/missoblivious.htm
From Grrrl Noire to Cyclette and Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go: A grrrl zinester at her best. An interview with Kim Schwenk from San Diego, U.S.A. Interview by Elke Zobl, September 2006. Available at: http://grrrlzines.net/interviews/kimschwenk.htm