Author: carolynchernoff

Sociologist and cultural worker

Zine Workshops

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It’s been a busy time for zine workshops, which combine my research focus on the role of culture in reproducing and transforming inequality along with my experience as a cultural worker. In addition to a January visit to Franklin & Marshall College to hold my second-annual Feminist Zine Making workshop (sponsored by the Alice Drum Women’s Center, Philadelphia Alumni Writers’ House, and the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, I’ll be presenting at the NY6 Spectrum LGBTQIA Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, in late February.

As a race-critical cultural sociologist, I’m very interested in how certain forms of authorship–and certain cultural artifacts–continue to be relevant in an era that seems to have moved on.  Like, in this digital age, where Tweets and blogs and Tumblrs are simple ways to share your voice, your point of view, and your vision, why would something as seemingly retrograde as a zine (self-published paper booklet) even matter?

But zines matter. Culture matters. Culture is everyday, and culture connects us to the past, present, and future. Want to chat about culture, zines, or other pop contradictions? I’m listening.

10/29 Panel at Moore College of Art & Design

I’m pleased to join a panel of artists, thinkers, and makers to talk about self-publishing as part of Moore College of Art & Design (located at 20th Street and the Parkway in Philadelphia) on 10/29 from 6-8 PM.


The event is called “Strange Currencies: Artist-Driven Publications,” and is held in conjunction with the “Strange Currencies” show currently on display in the Moore Galleries. According to Moore,

Strange Circulations: Artist-Driven Publications explores the proliferation of (e)Zines, artists’ books, artist-run presses, underground comix, and other small-circulation, self-published works from the 1990s to the present.  Inspired by Mexico’s rich history of underground artists’ publications, this discussion will examine how these works continue to influence contemporary media and graphic design and provide important vehicles for information activism, alternative economies and first-person narrative accounts.

Admission is free and open to the public, but you can also register here.

September 2015 News and Events

I’m very pleased to announce I’ll be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology with expertise in Gender and Sexuality at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, this academic year.

I’ll be in Central Pennsylvania at Franklin & Marshall College at the Alice Drum Women’s Center early September, leading a training on feminist leadership and problem-solving for Center board members.

Looks like Central and Southeastern PA are the place to be this year.  See you there?

Nicki, Taylor, and the VMAs

I recently spoke with AFP reporter Shaun Tandon about Nicki Minaj’s comments on race, gender, embodiment, and the MTV Video Music Award nominations.  The piece was picked up by several news outlets, including The Nation. I was pleased to be quoted alongside University at Albany, SUNY, professor Dr. Janell Hobson and cultural critic Cate Young, who blogs at Batty Mamzelle.