Zines as Academic Platform

Commercial Practices

Project details

  • Michelle Kasprzak
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  • Michelle Kasprzak
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    How to communicate academic research to a broad audience? Academics often publish in journals and anthologies, but these often exist behind paywalls and require academic credentials to access. Opening up research to a wider audience is possible by using more accessible formats and platforms. For this body of research, I will examine ways I can translate some of my academic writing into shorter, more accessible pieces in the form of physical and digital zines. The zine is a vibrant form with a large global community. Several zines will be developed on focused topics emerging in my research, including but not limited to: care, maintenance, and repair; the flaws with the concepts of “design thinking”; and the concept of curating-with, a type of curatorial work which emphasizes reciprocal learning and long-term connections between practitioners and a community.


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