Jamie Varriale Velez and I are participating in this great conference this week in Seattle. We’re on a “DIY Media” panel at the University of Washington/Seattle University’s Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities conference. Here’s a blurb about what we’ll be talking about:
“Disassemble it and dialogue with me”: Communication as Punk Feminist Cultural Activism
Using our experiences within the New York City DIY/Punk feminist community, we argue that learning to communicate effectively, both interpersonally and through media like music, blogs and zines, is the activism that produces the change that we want. Learning to communicate requires us to listen to each other and expand our cultural vernacular, bringing previously marginalized voices into a new narrative and changing the way we think. This process of learning to dialogue respectfully and productively does more than merely facilitate our feminist work; it is our feminist work.
Our presentation shares how this work has enabled us to organize and contribute to our communities, and create feminist art and spaces.
Facilitators: Jamie Varriale Velez, Kate Wadkins
DIY MEDIA panel
10am – 12noon
at Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Bldg/Room: Administration 321
For more info: University of Washington & Women Who Rock Research Project
We are among other great folks, too, so please see the full conference schedule here.
— Kate Wadkins