Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences Summer School: Zine-making as a creative participatory approach to research

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This workshop introduced zine-making as creative and participatory research method. Drawing on Mindy and Lisa’s work facilitating zine-making, together we explored the power of zines in research and knowledge exchange. Zines are self-published, magazine-like booklets which have historically offered an independent platform of expression for a diversity of underrepresented and marginalised voices, and people with limited economic resources. Furthermore, the process of zine-making has itself been shown to stimulate self-awareness, creative expression, connection and collective action, serving as a pedagogical tool for empowerment and transformation. During the workshop participants were be guided by a series of prompts to make their own zine. A variety of techniques were explored, including black-out poetry, collaging, and embodied/sensory mapping. Participants gained hands-on experience of zine making as method, introducing zines as media for agency and resistance and as canvasses for self-expression through and beyond words.
Period7 Jun 2023
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburghShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • zines
  • creative
  • arts-based
  • participatory
  • zine-making