What can a systematic documentation and analysis of secondwave feminist print culture, 1970-1990, reveal about the materiality of its strategies?

I intend to argue that the relationship between the feminist publisher and its readers is reciprocal, in other words: a grouping of readers becomes a (counter-)public that allows the text to take on the role of an active participant. I wish to produce a comprehensive documentation of primary feminist theory, published by women, that would have been widely known and circulated in between feminist bookstores, publishers and their corresponding (counter-)publics, much of which is in danger of being lost and forgotten. It is my goal to create an original digital database, which will not only include a comprehensive list of feminist theory that was published by women, but also centre each text’s print history, reading public and distribution records. Such a database would be an original model of how archives can engage with (feminist) theory as living, traceable ideas that are not static, but rather emerge out of a dynamic material consciousness.

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