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Buzz-Zine Volume II: “Taking Space / Making Space” Released!

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HIVES is excited to announce the release of the long-awaited Buzz-Zine Volume II: “Taking Space / Making Space: a zine on community, disability, race, and performance.” This zine was curated, edited, and made as accessible as possible by MSU English graduate students Naajidah Correll, Ames Loji, Michael Stokes, and Jessica Stokes. 

The contributors to Buzz-Zine Volume II have engaged in this work across a diverse range of mediums, disciplines, and perspectives. Together, their work invites meditation on the elements of subjectivity that transcend the discursively drawn borders of nations, cultures, and language. Many of the pieces in this volume have roots in intensely personal experiences of existing as a disabled person in the 21st century but grow branches that connect to the structural forces that bind us–capitalism, globalization, colonialism, racialization, and more. Together, within this volume, our contributors converse with and challenge both one another and those who engage with the zine. The collectivity within and between these pieces refuses any notion of disability as a purely individual experience, while also honoring the personal subjectivities that it does contain, ultimately remaking the dynamic where collectivity and individuality collide.

In this second volume of the Buzz-Zine, the HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series welcomed submissions that reimagine practices of community and kinship and think through the ways forces of globalization and coloniality interact with disability, race, and performance. We sought submissions that resist, reimagine, and re-shape conversations on race, disability, and their overlaps through performance or through practices of refusal. In Black Madness::Mad Blackness, Therí A. Pickens notes how “disability functions as a social structure that by virtue of ableist reliance on pity and sympathy determines who gets to belong to the category of disabled and whose experience of illness can be validated in the public sphere” (Pickens 9). Following Pickens, Buzz-Zine Volume 2 is sharing how artists, activists, and scholars take up crip methodologies as necessary practices of remaking.

To access the online, large print, and tagged .pdf versions of the Buzz-Zine, you can use this link: Buzz-Zine Volume II. On this page, you can also request paper copies of the zine, which will be available to ship by the end of December 2022. 

This zine was made possible through an interdependent network of supporters, including but certainly not limited to Michigan State University’s English Department, a Michigan State University Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant, and support from the Creativity in the Time of Covid 19 Grant.