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Critical Pedagogies: Disrupting the Paperarchy

Jenna Freedman made this guide for Jennifer Rosales's Critical Pedagogies class.

Goals: 5 minutes

Set the tone for a warm and welcoming space

Listen to understand

Encourage multiple voices to be heard

Recognize different ways of participating

Nina Nijsten's Definition

Nijsten, Nina. Scissors & Chainsaws No. 2 : Diary Comic Zine Made in July 2020 During International Zine Month. Gent, Belgium: Nina Nijsten, 2020.

Read and Discuss: 30 Minutes

zine cover: Your White Friends Will Disappoint You. Black on white text on photocopied bubble wrapRead

Skim each zine for three minutes and then move on to the next one. You won't have time to read the whole zines. 

Round One

Spring: Country Queers, City Queers
Summer: S.S.S.S.
Fall: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Winter: Your White Friends Will Disappoint You

Round Two

Summer: Country Queers, City Queers
Fall: S.S.S.S.
Winter: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Spring: Your White Friends Will Disappoint You

zine cover detail: Country Queers, City Queers. Cartoon depiction of queer person holding a sign with the title on a yellow background. Round Three

Fall: Country Queers, City Queers
Winter: S.S.S.S.
Spring: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Summer: Your White Friends Will Disappoint You

Round Four

Winter: Country Queers, City Queers
Spring: S.S.S.S.
Summer: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Fall: Your White Friends Will Disappoint You

risographic printed quotation, "By offering an alternative to mainstream late-capitalist modes of operation, zines enact a public pedagogy of hope." - Alison PiepmeierDiscuss

In breakout rooms discuss for eight minutes:

  • What moves you/or not about the zine?
  • How do the graphics complement or complicate the text?
  • Contextualize the zine with the Piepmeier reading
  • How might you use a text like this in a class?

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Risograph print by Suze Myers BC '16