SJZ: Social Justice Zine

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SJZ: Social Justice Zine vol. 2 : a state of emergency issue Spring 2017

Dr. Laura Anh Williams from the academic program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at NMSU puts together this zine (self-made publication) each spring. We are dedicated to social justice issues, feminisms, and works focusing on issues connected to gender, race, gender identity, dis/ability, migration, LGBTQIA*, borders, the Borderlands, and transnational positionality. This year’s theme seeks to address 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

SJZ is lovingly cut and pasted together by Dr. Laura Anh Williams for the academic program in Gender & Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. The current iteration of the zine is a collaboration between undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, and faculty. We would like to also include voices from our larger community, region, and beyond in future issues. 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.