SJZ is an annual zine (non-commercial, self-made, small circulation publication) produced each spring by Gender & Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. It is lovingly cut and pasted together by Dr. Laura Anh Williams. It features essays, personal narratives, poetry, interviews, photography, comics, and art that explore issues of identity and difference from intersectional and transnational perspectives. The zine is dedicated to social justice issues, decolonializing strategies, queer and LGBT+ perspectives, dis/ability approaches, migration, the environment, and, of course, feminisms. Each issue is organized around a theme. Contributors are current NMSU students, alumni, people from NM/the Borderland region, digital contributors, and beyond.
Issues Available for Online Viewing
SJZ: Social Justice Zine vol. 2 : a state of emergency issue Spring 2017
This issue’s theme addresses how “a sense of emergency” can mean both precarity* and the possibility of emergence. As the saying goes: Old ways cannot open new doors.
*Judith Butler defines precarity as “the politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks . . . becoming differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death” (Butler 2009, 25).
SJZ: Social Justice Zine vol. 1: the positionality issue Spring 2016
This inaugural issue centers on the notion of positionality—a term that draws attention to the forces that produce and maintain subject positions as well as to the dynamics and implications at play when subject positions appear stabilized—and features several different works operating through multiple mediums that interrogate the very notion of subject position from its most subjected spaces.