Nora Claire Miller

Nora Claire Miller is one of five Digital Humanities undergraduate fellows from the 2015-2016 academic year. At the time of their year-long fellowship project, Nora was a Division II student at Hampshire College. During the next year for a Division III (senior thesis) project at Hampshire College, Nora planned to use data they collected and digital maps they made to continue to critically explore zine networks of the ’90’s. They hope to use their maps in conjunction with excerpts from zines, scholarly literature exploring zines, and their own academic writing to write a multimedia digital essay.

Locating Zines

Nora’s project uses digital cartographic and network mapping tools to critically explore the physical and cultural travel of zines in the 1990s. The final form of their project will be a web-based game emulating the experience and political history of finding and trading zines.

In Nora’s words:

My project seeks to digitally explore networks of zines. Zines are small, self-produced booklets or mini magazines. Zine-making can be traced back to 1930s, when it became popular among science fiction writers. Later on, zines emerged in punk movements of the 70’s. In the 1990s, zines became an important part of riot grrrl culture. Originating in Olympia, Washington in the early 1990s, riot grrrl was a musical and social movement rooted in third wave feminism that centralized girls in music and subculture scenes. Because they were cheap to create and produce, zines were accessible to a wide range of people.