This third issue of the research journal ZINES, the second of two special issues devoted to the study of feminist and queer fanzines from a global perspective, brings together international studies or testimonies on the question of gender, queer identities and their alternative realities as they appear in amateur media such as zines.
Contributions in this volume feature themes such as the body, heteronormativity, while showing us the flip side of the conceptualization of queer, namely a practical and empirical part—of sensations and senses—which refines perception of a concept that has become widely common in medias.
Published twice a year by Strandflat, edited by Samuel Etienne, ZINES is an international peer journal dedicated to studies of amateur and do-it-yourself media of any kind, from fanzines to webzines, perzines to science zines, artzines to poezines, etc. ZINES is multi-disciplinary and opened to all scientific disciplines, from social sciences to medical sciences, art and design, media studies, etc.
The first aim of the journal is to study the involvement of amateurs in the production of mediascapes, from printing form to cybermedia. It also addresses the impact of zine making for personal or collective sociabilization, especially in closed environments such as carceral or medical centres. The second aim is to examine the production of new form of communication by amateurs leading to the publication of media with a strong DIY ethos, including scholars who invent new forms of dissemination of scientific knowledge.