While Féminismes Électriques is on the one hand an archive of a decade in La Centrale’s history, the focus of the collection is the pivotal shift in official mandate that took place in 2007, to better reflect the commitments of its members. Most notably, the new mandate seeks to prioritize solidarity, trans-inclusion and inter-generational dialogue, focusing on local and global struggles and relationships of power, while continually engaging with, and critiquing, feminist discourses and debates. — Sara Rozenberg
In many ways the criminal justice system maintains the illusion of effectiveness because it absolves us of our responsibilities to our communities. The trial of Pussy Riot highlights some of these dynamics, but at the same time, public support for these three individuals highlights another power dynamic centred around fame and popularity. -Jessica MacCormack and Sarah Mangle
Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood is a group of women joined together through the mutual experience of patriarchy in supposedly radical political collectives and contexts. Our contribution to FUSE documents phases of the political process as they have appeared to us.
The Failure of Sex Work Prohibition Robyn Maynard
This anniversary edition of FUSE brings together a selection of thirty pieces: articles, interviews, reports and reviews from the past twenty years. Contributors include heavy hitters Dot Tuer, Bruce Barber, John Greyson and Sara Diamond.
In this issue, most of the texts share concern, anxiety or frustration with the limits and borders of collective identity. Such contested terrain is the location of some of the most pressing concerns of this new decade, and is prime FUSE territory. As usual, our writers don’t hesitate to ask hard questions, revealing not only vexing problems of identity, but provocative alternatives to conventional models.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS On the horizon of feminist struggle, what does abolition mean as a radical rhetorical position and as a material goal or praxis? Departing from communization theory’s call to abolish gender (along with class) as a necessary measure of destroying the capitalist class relation, how does the figure of abolition — a word perhaps most often used today to advance the abolition of prisons, and before that, slavery, and enduringly, colonialism — restructure the struggle and praxis of feminisms?
From the Moon to the Belly is a seven-card limited edition digital collage postcard project and socio-cultural exchange between Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Maria Hupfield.
FUSE is proud to announce our summer issue, “Performing Politics”! FUSE is 35 this year, and we’re celebrating by revisiting the work of seventeen outstanding thinkers and makers, spanning three decades. Through eight features, interviews and reports plus six artist’s projects, we explore the ways that solidarity enables political action.
In a conversation with Lucy Lippard in 1985, Suzanne Lacy spoke of the history of women’s labor unions making use of communal activities such as pageants, dinner parties, gift exchanges and birthday celebrations as a means to build solidarity amongst women. Art and activism have a longstanding overlapping history. In the mid-80s, Suzanne Lacy began retroactively framing the large-scale performances she had been undertaking since the early 70s within the tradition of pageantry. Pageants in the early part of the 20th century were a deeply community-oriented and non-commercial form of entertainment: they were often massive productions involving a cast of hundreds of volunteers in performances of theatre, dance and music.