Archive for March, 2011

Ritchie & Mogul “Queer (In)Justice” (Reading)

March 31, 2011

I was so excited about the publication of Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock’s book Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States that I pre-ordered it for my library months in advance.  It’s about time that some seriously scholarly attention was given to the historical plight of queers in the U.S. legal system.

While browsing Bluestockings bookstore’s events calendar yesterday I saw that Mogul and Ritchie will be speaking (for free) there this Sunday at 5PM. Here’s the description from their website:

Join co-authors Andrea Ritchie and Joey Mogul for a reading and discussion (at 5PM) of “Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States,” a searing examination of queer folks as suspects, defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. Tracing stories from the streets to behind prison bars, this new book illuminates how queer lives are criminalized and how the policing of sex and gender is used to bolster racial and gender inequalities.


Giving Credit Where It’s Due: Stina Söderling

March 30, 2011

Today I’m going to blog a bit about my best friend Stina Söderling. I’m really proud of Stina- she’s a professor and PhD student in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers and is involved in some really cutting-edge research in the burgeoning field of rural queer studies. She’s my friend of five years and my neighbor of five minutes (away), and I’m really delighted to be able to share some of her accomplishments with the readers of my humble blog.

Last week, Stina presented at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association’s annual conference at Georgia State University. This year the conference was titled Structural Adjustments: Queering Privatization, Framing Disaster, and according to the conference’s program, the theme  “explores the means by which discourses of “natural” disaster overlook the realities of systemic inequalities and justify increased privatization, with its gendered, sexualized, raced, and classed dimensions.”

Stina was part of a panel called Place-making in the American South. The paper she presented is called In the Crevices of Global Capitalism: A Genealogy of a Rural Queer Community, and is based upon her own fascinating research at a queer arts community. (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she submits it to a journal!) She joins academics such as Scott Herring and Mary L. Gray in the important project of documenting the experiences and histories of queers living in locations outside of urban areas.

I interviewed Stina on her research last month and am aiming to publish the interview transcript in a zine on communities this spring. She’s also one of the people featured in my forthcoming zine, My Feminist Friends. Stina has previously presented at the North American Anarchist Studies Network conference on AIDS and its connection to rural queer land movements and at CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) on lesbian separatist spaces in the 1970s. I was lucky to be able to attend both of these events, and will be sure to blog about events she’s involved in in the future!

Thanks for everything, Stina!!

What Bullying of LGBT Students Reveals About Tolerance (Lecture)

March 29, 2011

This is a very last minute post, but I just heard about a really amazing talk at Hunter College tonight from 5:30-7:30PM. Titled What Bullying of LGBT Students Reveals About Tolerance: A Human Rights Perspective, the talk will be given by Widney Brown of Amnesty International.

Details about the event’s location are listed on the New York Activist Calendar. Tonight’s talk is sponsored by The Women and Gender Studies Program of Hunter College, which frequently hosts free events open to anyone interested (aka the key to my heart).

FOREASt: The Internet East Asian Library

March 28, 2011

I’m always so amazed at librarians who develop and maintain online databases freely accessible to anyone wishing to use them. Most recently I’ve been especially impressed with FOREASt: The Internet East Asian Library, the project of Rutgers University librarian Tao Yang.

FOREASt connects users to 300+ open access databases and journals pertaining to East Asia, and includes scholarly materials on China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan. Users can browse digital collections and online reference tools by discipline, and can also choose to search the Journals Room. Check it out!

Elvis Bakaitis

March 22, 2011

In the next month or so I will (finally) be releasing a zine called My Feminist Friends, which will feature interviews with and artwork by some of my wonderful friends. Ever since I began preparations for this zine I knew that I wanted my buddy Elvis Bakaitis to make the cover art.

An awesome cartoonist, activist, and friend, Elvis has a really cool blog called Like Whoa, which I highly encourage you to check out. Over the years they have posted a wide variety of politically and socially astute drawings- some of which are truly hilarious, such as Pick-up lines in the [Park Slope] Co-op.

A longtime volunteer at Bluestockings, Elvis currently runs the monthly Feminist Book Club (which will be meeting next on April 3rd to discuss the book Sex at Dawn.) Additionally, Elvis has spent many an hour volunteering their skills and time at Brooklyn’s own Lesbian Herstory Archives, and presented at January’s Pop-Up Museum of Queer History.

Elvis’s boundless enthusiasm, energy, and joy is simply delightful, and is very much reflected in their artwork and community activism. Once my zine is released I will be sure to post photos of the glorious cover Elvis created!

Voices From the Gaps

March 21, 2011

Voices From the Gaps, or VG, is a free academic database focusing on resources pertaining to women artists and writers of color.

Visitors to the site can browse artists by last name or keyword. A wide variety of interview transcripts are available as well, including people such as Zadie Smith and Marilyn Chin.

Maintained by the University of Minnesota, VG also boasts a helpful teaching materials section, which can be particularly useful to professors and art/gender studies librarians.

International Girl Gang Underground zine release

March 11, 2011

It is with great delight that I blog about the publication of International Girl Gang Underground, a zine edited by Kate Wadkins and Stacy Konkiel. The editors describe the compilation zine as “a collection of stories, artwork, and critical work about DIY feminist cultural production and punk rock today, twenty years after the riot grrrl movement, and in the wake of its legacy.”

In addition to the printed zine, IGGU also has an online component. The online articles are free to read, and the print zine costs $3 for the zine alone and $5 for the zine plus a compilation CD. You can order the zine here. Anyone who will be in the NYC area this weekend is encouraged to check out IGGU’s release party.

I was really lucky to be part of this zine- I co-wrote a Riot Grrrl librarian manifesto which is included in the printed zine. Thanks, Stacy and Kate, for spearheading this incredible feminist endeavor!


Miriam Braverman Memorial Award

March 8, 2011

I heard about the Miriam Braverman Memorial Award when I was in library school and applied for but did not receive it- perhaps you would have better luck!

It’s open to LIS graduate students and is directed at those interested in the profession’s connections with activism and social justice. Named in honor of Miriam Braverman, the awards committee “seeks papers concerned with an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship.”  The winner will have their paper published in the journal Progressive Librarian and will receive a $300 travel stipend to the ALA conference in New Orleans this summer.

I was reminded of the award this afternoon via Radical Reference and wanted to blog about this amazing opportunity. (If you end up winning and decide to go to the ALA conference, let me know and maybe we can chat about radical librarianship over some tasty vegan jambalaya).  🙂


Transgender & Genderqueer Zine Reviews

March 7, 2011

A few months ago Jenna Freedman invited me to review a transgender/genderqueer zine for her column in Library Journal. I was really excited about this opportunity, as I am very interested in both zines and gender studies. I chose Trans Care, an awesome zine by Jacoby Ballard. There are five reviews in total, and they are available here if you’d like to check them out!

I encourage you also to take a look at Riot Grrrl zines featured in her column last year.

The Scandals of Susan Sontag

March 3, 2011

I know that this is a late posting, but I wanted to blog about it anyway, because it’s a conference devoted exclusively to Susan Sontag! Titled The Scandals of Susan Sontag, the conference will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center tomorrow, March 4th, from 10:30AM-6:00PM.

A PDF of the conference schedule is available for download. As far as I can tell the conference is free of charge!