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Feminist Border Arts: Critical Craftwork 

Interdisciplinary Research-Creation & Curation, D.I.Y. Media Studies & Methods 

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival | SJZ: Social Justice Zine & Other Works | Media Arts | Comics & Graphic Narrative

Keywords: Research-Creation | Humanties-Arts | Film & Media Arts | Public Scholarship | Pedagogy | Practice-Based | Digital Storytelling | Zine & Comics Inquiry | Moving Image Art | Time-Based Media | Design | Short-Form Content | Visualizaton | Media Making | Learning Materials & Resources | Workshops | Outreach & Extension


Welcome to FBA

Speak Near: Video Essay. Artist Statement. Research Philosophy. Curatorial Rationale.

LET'S CONNECT THROUGH THE STORIES WE TELL


Now in its ninth year, Feminist Border Arts (FBA) is a collaborative initiative by Drs. M. Catherine Jonet and L. Anh Williams, Gender & Sexuality Studies (G&SS) - New Mexico State University. Through signature projects like the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival (FBAFF), SJZ: Social Justice Zine, and original works in graphic narrative, zines, and video/filmmaking, FBA bridges the humanities and arts with a focus on digital and analog media-making and curation. We fuse creative practices with critical theories through a methodology called research-creation, transcending traditional academic boundaries and democratizing creative practice. As a public-facing platform, FBA serves as a meeting point for critical methods, creative praxis, and research-creation outputs in women's, gender, sexuality, and feminist studies.

Our projects resonate with points outlined by L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara L. Shaw in their 2022 essay, “Women’s Studies and Its Institutionalization as an Interdisciplinary Field: Past, Present, and Future.” Specifically, they provoke us to consider, “Can we produce the kind of (non)writing that challenges academic conventions? [. . .] It invites us to contemplate what our work can do when, rather than written in an academic language understood by only a few, it is represented through images that help us all make sense of the world.” 


IN STORIES WE FIND OUR WAY


Embracing this sentiment, FBA is dedicated to innovating beyond conventional academic forms, fostering new ways of thinking, composing, and creating. Saraswati and Shaw underscore the significance of this transformation:

It is urgent, crucial, and critical that we find alternative, progressive, and transgressive ways to do our teaching and disseminate research. We need to move away from the conventional ways of thinking, writing, doing research, and delivering course materials [. . .] We therefore need to produce knowledge that connects our theories and praxis while centering the politics of the everyday in a way that is impactful for the academic world, not only as separate from daily life but also as part of it.

Our commitment to transcending traditional boundaries through research-creation and curation positions FBA as a participant in redefining how knowledge is produced, shared, and experienced. By connecting theories to creative praxis and situating the politics of the everyday in our work, we seek to produce knowledge that is creatively rigorous, integrated into daily life, and embodying transformative potential. 


M. C. Jonet & L. Anh Williams

Co-Founding Directors

Researchers, Educators, and Creative Practitioners 

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Williams and Jonet

This website serves as the public-facing platform for projects that encapsulate FBA's interdisciplinary and transformative approaches to women's, gender, feminist, and LGBTQ+ research and critical and creative praxis.

 

Key Projects

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FBAFF 2024

  

Zines
Zines

 

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Concentration Project

  

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Comics

 

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Design

 

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Digital Media Kit

 

Call for Entries & Save the Date: FBAFF 2024

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FBA24 Call for Entries
Prepare to celebrate Pride 2024 like never before!

Anticipate two days of film, video, zines, workshops, and panels. Join us for the 2024 Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, kicking off on Pride Day, June 28 in 2024.

Day 1 - June 28: Immerse yourself in the world of film, from the US and around the globe. They educate, challenge norms, rebel against conventions, delight the senses, and demand change.

Day 2 - June 29: It's a zine revolution. Explore zines and zinema (video zines) that defy authority, journeys that break boundaries, comics that will change your life, and tales that celebrate community, social change, and creative expression.


 

Latest: FBAFF at SWPACA

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FBAFF 2024 Showcase at SWPACA

 

This presentation explores Feminist Border Arts (FBA), an interdisciplinary humanities-arts collaborative initiative housed in the academic program for Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. Introducing FBA’s role at the intersection of film and media, academic research, and creative practice, we highlight a range of projects—from curated film festivals to digital and comics zines—before screening a 60 minute program of short films drawn from the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival 2023. Serving as a hub for inter- and multidisciplinary collaboration, FBA is committed to fostering social justice and transformative change, traversing borders that are both literal and conceptual.


 

Latest: FBA Zine Workshop for J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium

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19th J. P. Taylor SJS is Hosted by G&SS

 

We're proud to collaborate with local educators and students at the J. Paul Taylor Academy and the New America School on participatory zine projects for the upcoming 19th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, hosted by NMSU Gender & Sexuality Studies.

We conducted workshops that dove headfirst into the art of zine-making and its powerful role in feminist and LGBTQ+ histories, creative expression, and community storytelling. These sessions, led by Williams in early 2024, focused on empowering participants through hands-on learning and the sharing of personal narratives. After the workshops, the educators and Williams developed plans for zine projects.

These efforts will be showcased at the symposium, with teachers and students discussing their work and methodologies. The symposium will be a day-long event highlighting the importance of inclusive leadership and the impact of collective voices in the fight for social justice.

Join us at the Corbett Center Student Union Auditorium, where admission is free, and the exchange of ideas is boundless. Your voice is our community's and university's strength.


Latest: Limbus: Vertical Video Screening and Award

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Vertical Short: Limbus

 

Jonet's short form moving image media piece, "Limbus," was selected for screening at the F3: Queen City Film Festival, Film Curation, & Film Awards in Cincinnati, OH during February 2024. This vertical video is a glitch collage narrative playing with tropes of witchcreaft and vegetal recharge. The description of the short states: "Limbus" is a cyborg manifest-0, a journey into vegetal witch glitch, a concept that blends femme and organic elements with digital disruptions, embodying the paradoxes of modern living while envisioning a techno-eco gender affirmation.

The short was also selected as an award winner by the festival. 


 

Latest: Invited Talks & Presentations

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Procesos Creativos en Arte y Diseño

 

Join us at the Seminario Internacional 2023 de Procesos Creativos en Arte y Diseño at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez on Oct. 30th, 2023.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Jonet, G&SS faculty and FBA co-founders, have been invited to present: 


 

L. A. Williams: "Borderless Screens: Feminist Border Arts in the Intersection of Media, Scholarship, and Creativity" 

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Dr. Williams: Seminario Internacional 2023

 

This presentation explores Feminist Border Arts (FBA), a collaborative initiative housed in the academic program for Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. The talk examines FBA's transformative role at the intersection of film & media, academic research, and creative practice. Highlighting a range of projects—from curated film festivals to innovative zines—the presentation reveals FBA as an ever-evolving platform. Serving as a hub for multidisciplinary collaboration, FBA is committed to fostering social justice and instigating transformative change, traversing borders that are both literal and conceptual. 


 

M. C. Jonet: "The Art of Failure: Glitches and Creative Disruptions" 

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Dr. Jonet: Seminario Internacional 2023

 

Drawing on the works and theories of Jack Halberstam, Ocean Vuong, José Esteban Muñoz, Agnès Varda, and Brian Eno, this presentation explores how glitches and "failures" can serve as revolutionary acts of defiance and expression. We will discuss how these disruptions challenge our understanding of aesthetic value, offering new pathways for examining our shifting social, political, and digital landscapes in the 21st century. 


 

Latest: Digital Media Research & Creativity

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Media Art Video Essay

 

Jonet's piece, "Queer Glitches, Failure Feminisms," will be showcased at the international /’fu:bar/ festival and exhibition in Zagreb, Croatia (Oct-Dec 2023), as well as the Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival in Los Angeles. This work blends vintage visuals and modern digital elements, creating an intricate landscape that explores identity, gender, sexuality, and creative expression. Watch for the ‘glitch’ moments—they serve as powerful symbols that challenge and remind us of the complexities shaping our lives in this digital age.


 

Latest: A Graphic Exploration of Food, Narrative, and Community

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Cooking with Friends

Premiering at Albuquerque Zine Fest 2023, Upcoming Featured Work at Feminist Border Arts 2024

Feminist Border Arts (FBA) is thrilled to announce Cooking With Friends, a group comics zine project incorporating audio versions of many of the stories. Cooking with Friends was organized, edited, and designed by Dr. L. Anh Williams, who collaborated with eight other artists, including Will Betke-Brunswick, animator Stef Choi, documentary filmmaker Alix Towler, and Gender & Sexuality Studies professor emeritus Dr. Jillian Sandell, each of whom contributed both a story and a recipe. This compelling work made its debut at the 2023 Albuquerque Zine Fest on October 7 at Explora: Science and Children's Museum.
 
"Cooking With Friends" does more than merely share stories and recipes; it stitches a rich tapestry of lived experiences, interrogating the complex intersections of food with gender, race, and community. As part of FBA 2024, this zine offers readers an engaging journey that straddles the political, the creative, and the personal.
 
Ready to dig into more intellectually nourishing fare? Make sure to join us at FBA24 to explore Cooking With Friends and a smorgasbord of other innovative, intersectional works.

 

2023 Digital Media Kit

About FBA

Our Philosophy: The Intersection of Creativity, Scholarship, and Practice-Based Methods

We believe in a symbiotic relationship between scholarly rigor and creative innovation. FBA is not just an academic initiative; it's a knowledge-producing space where ideas are not merely discussed but brought to life through creativity-based endeavors. Our work embodies a unique interdisciplinary dialogue that melds feminist and queer theories with media-based practices, collaboration, and curation. In this space, the creative process itself becomes a form of research and an integral part of inquiry and research output.

 

The FBA Landscape: A Screen for Social Transformation

Our initiatives, such as the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival (FBAFF) and the Social Justice Zine (SJZ), serve as conduits for arts activism and public scholarship, creating ripples of impact that resonate both locally and globally. Through these platforms, we challenge traditional paradigms and offer nuanced perspectives on complex issues like gender, sexuality, difference, and social justice.

 

Pedagogy & Learning: Bridging MACS and G&SS

Central to FBA's mission is our dedication to educational innovation. Our activities, including projects like "Concentration," which we have developed with accompanying learning activities, enhance the curriculum of NMSU's Gender & Sexuality Studies (G&SS) degree program and the Media Arts and Cultural Studies (MACS) concentration, offering students a hands-on, experiential learning environment. As one of the cornerstones of NMSU's G&SS, FBA acts as a living laboratory, enriching the academic landscape and offering students new avenues for inquiry and exploration in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

 

The Future: Charting Pathways

As we continue to evolve, our focus embraces a wide range of endeavors—from original projects like short films and video essay pieces to curated exhibitions, comics-based inquiry, zines, and collaborative initiatives. Our commitment is to dismantle the traditional barriers separating academia from creative practice, thereby redefining the potentials of scholarly and artistic collaborations. We are dedicated to forging relationships among scholars, artists, students, publics, and communities. Through these diverse modes of engagement, we aim to amplify marginalized voices, facilitate critical dialogues, and foster both intellectual and social transformations.

 

Join Us: A Platform for Expression

Whether you're an emerging artist, interested students, a seasoned scholar, or an advocate for social change, we invite you to become a part of our ever-expanding network. Here, your intellectual curiosity finds a creative outlet, and your dedication to social transformation gains a platform for tangible impact.


 

Advisory Board

FBA Advisory Board

 

FBA is a research-creation & curation intiative. We have formed an advisory board to support the scholarly and creative aims of festival programming & curation and other FBA projects.

Scholars, filmmakers, artists, curators, and other specialists serve a period of two years as advisory board members (with continued renewal possible).

Board members review 3-5 short films per year and advise festival directors on exhibition and acceptance of films in their areas of specialization. FBAFF is regional, international, transnational, and wide in scope. Areas of interest connect to feminist, intersectional, gender, women, disability, trans, queer, LGBTQ+, US, regional, transnational, and international subjects, including the environment, social justice, & war-experience. The festival accepts short form animation, documentary, digital storytelling, experimental, live action, and performance.

Interested board members also participate in selecting festival award winners.


 

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