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December 2010


Young women as creators of new cultural spaces

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Hertha-Firnberg Stipendium (funded by the Austrian Science Fund / gefördert vom Fonds für wissenschaftliche Forschung / FWF)
Project coordinator: Dr. Elke Zobl

A new phenomenon in female youth culture is the immense growth of non-profit, community-based, queer-feminist festivals created by young women that showcase and encourage the artistic, organizational and political work of women, so called “Ladyfests”. Originating in Olympia (USA) in 2000, these Ladyfests have spread across the globe: In the past ten years (2000-2010) 263 Ladyfests have taken place in 34 countries.


Feminist Media Production in Europe

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Stand-alone Project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (P21187)

Elke Zobl (Project coordinator) (while on leave: Elisabeth Klaus)
Rosa Reitsamer (2009–2011)
Red Chidgey (2008–2010)
Jenny Gunnarsson-Payne (2008–2009)
Stefanie Grünangerl (2010–2011)

Online documentation:
Digital archive Grassroots Media in Europe:
Digital archive Zines:


Contra-Diction (Magazine, c.1982-?)


United Kingdom
52° 28' 58.6596" N, 1° 53' 36.9312" W

" Contra-Diction has developed out of a couple of Birmingham magazines that have bitten the dust. It is run as a collective, in the loosest sense of the word. Articles and visuals have been contributed mainly by women. Contra-Diction aims to be feminist based magazine covering 'culture'; that is organised culture (music, film, theatre etc) but also using a wider definition of the term culture, about the way we communicate with one another and the way we live our lives and what happens around us.


Feminist Media Production in Europe (funded by FWF 2008-2011)

Women have always played an important role in movements for social justice. Using media to transport their messages, to disrupt social orders and to spin novel social processes, feminists have long recognized the importance of self-managed media. In the past two decades an increasing number of women have taken the tools of media production into their hands; a vital social phenomenon that has gone largely undetected by members of the public, academia, and even sometimes the feminist movement.

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Blog & Web 2.0

Red Dawns Festival 2011: Call for Proposals

Marking its 12th year, the International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns is going to take place at various venues of AKC Metelkova Mesto (Ljubljana, Slovenia) between March 8th and 11th 2011.

The organizers invite aspiring artists, activists, researchers and collectives whose works explore issues of the body, gender identity and sexuality, to participate in the festival. Feminist and queer views on other axes of difference and social justice are welcome as well.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 5th 2011

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Alternative economies

creating a nexus between activism and the arts. Melanie Manos in Conversation with Deb King.


Melanie Manos' performance work has romped on the tightrope between absurdity and solemnity since the late 1990s, giving a view into the tension between the individual and the exigencies of modern society. Whether through the Beckettian work of unending circularity with MBC partner Sarah Buckius, physically demanding minimalist body sculptures or the recent narrative-based work performed at Marygrove College in Detroit, Manos reminds me that performance is at its core political.

Melanie Manos
Deb King
type=digital_archives – Im Fokus: "Migration & Medien"


48° 18' 24.984" N, 14° 17' 8.988" E

Im Fokus: "Migration & Medien"

Seit einiger Zeit kommt Bewegung in die hiesige Medienlandschaft: Mehrheits-Medien und die Kommunikationswissenschaft entdecken die Migrant_innen neu - als Produzent_innen und Konsument_innen von medialen Inhalten. Zugleich wächst auch das Interesse an Medien von und für Migrant_innen, nicht zuletzt aus ökonomischen Gründen. Ein Themenschwerpunkt über die Möglichkeiten der medialen Selbstrepräsentation für Migrant_innen und die Sackgassen der Diversitätslogik im Medien-Mainstream.