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CSER 3919: Modes of Inquiry

Professor Sayantani DasGupta

What Zines Are

Zine, short for fanzine or magazine, is a radical self-publication.

Where are you on the zine spectrum? Did you think "zine" rhymed with "pine"? Have you heard of zines but never made one? Have some familiarity? Are you SUPER INTO ZINES?

Barnard Zine Library

The Barnard Zine Library is part of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS) in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning at Barnard College, Columbia University. The zines are described in the library catalog we share with Columbia University Libraries (CUL), CLIO.

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Barnard's zines are created by women and transfeminine people with a collection emphasis on zines by women of color and transwomen of all races and ethnicities. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans feminisms, and other topics.

We have a zine club that makes a compilation zine every semester. The zine club been led by at least one BIPOC student continuously since 2010.