FRIDA Launches First Call for Proposals!

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund mobilizes resources, funds and strengthens the participation and leadership of young feminist activists globally. The goal of The Young Feminist Fund (FRIDA) is to provide accessible, strategic and responsive funding for young feminist-led initiatives, and to strengthen the capacity of young feminist organizations to both leverage their own resources and increase their social change impact. FRIDA invites applications from groups led by young women and transgender youth under 30 years of age for grants of up to USD 5,000.


extended deadline : Feminist strategies for change – Interface journal call for activist contributions

Feminist strategies for change: activist debate
Interface journal call for contributions (extended deadline – September 1st 2011)

In the heyday of the second women’s movement, feminist utopias and strategies for a world without patriarchy were the stuff of lively debate and defined different kinds of feminist politics and theory. In the grey light of 2011 – the darkness before the dawn? – is it still possible to imagine a post-patriarchal society? Can we imagine what kinds of feminist revolution or transformation might make this possible? And what sorts of everyday collective practice can social movements engage in to bring such a future closer?

Interface: a journal for and about social movements < +> is produced by activists with an eye to theory and social movement researchers as a practitioner journal for people engaged in or studying the practice of social movement, and aiming to stimulate discussion and learning between people in different regions and continents, different
political situations and theoretical traditions, and different movement contexts. After issues on movement knowledge, civil society, revolutions, activist media and repression, we are now working on an issue devoted to feminism, women’s movements and women in movement.

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new book: girls to the front … the true story of the riot grrrl revolution

Riot Grrrl roared into the spotlight in 1991: an uncompromising movement of pissed-off girls with no patience for sexism and no intention of keeping quiet. Young women everywhere were realizing that the equality they’d been promised was still elusive, and a newly resurgent right wing was turning feminism into the ultimate dirty word. In response, thousands of riot grrrls published zines, founded local groups, and organized national conventions, while fiercely prophetic punk bands such as Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Huggy Bear, and Bikini Kill helped spread the word across the US and to Canada, Europe, and beyond.

Girls to the Front, the first-ever history of Riot Grrrl, is a lyrical, punk-infused narrative about a group of extraordinary young women coming of age angrily, collectively, and publicly. A dynamic chronicle not just of a movement but of an era, this is the story of a time when America thought young people were apathetic and feminism was dead, but a generation of noisy girls rose up to prove everybody wrong.

more about the book here:


I just found out about this initiative and wanted to mention them in here for all who are interested.

ArtFem.TV is an online television programming presenting Art and Feminism. The aim of ArtFem.TV is to foster Women in the Arts, their art works and projects, to create an international online television screen for the creativity, images and voices of Women. ArtFem.TV is a non-profit artist run ITV and media art portal about Art and Feminism.


i wanna be arrogant!

it’s been some time now, but in january i read a post here that made reference to yet another blog post here

to be less mysterious, the whole discussion arose when Clay Shirky wrote a rant about women not being self-promoting, arrogant or jerky enough in pretty much those exact words.

this isn’t a new topic for anyone who’s thought about the way they view themselves, about the way children are socialized, etc. nonetheless quite a few interesting more or less formal texts were written as a result of this spark.

even though it’s about half a year late i wanted to offer it up here for discussion purposes because it’s something i’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking about as well as discussing with both male and female friends…

to begin again:

initial clay shirky post

i first read about it here

further texts

should we encourage self-promotion and lies

questioning the merit of meritocracy

a rant about socialization

not so mainstream… mainstream media

Glamour Magazine, a relatively mainstream women’s publication recently published an article on the experiences of one transgender person… Just Another Girl (Who Used to Be a Boy) While the article offers a rather positive perspective on the struggles of transgender people, it is nonetheless a step that at least some in the transgender community appreciated, when the level of violence and discrimination against transgender people remains high, and sometimes seems to be increasing.

For something far more lighthearted, an interview with Ellen Page about abortion, roller-derby and many things in between.

Ana-Maria Avram – o compozitoare

Ana-Maria AvramAna-Maria Avram n.1961 la Bucuresti este o compozitoare de muzica clasica contemporana, parte din curentul spectral. Am decis sa postez aceasta scurta prezentare fiindca de multe ori nu stim ce si cine ne incojoara.

Un ghid despre muzica lui Ana-Maria Avram si Iancu Dumitrescu (alt compozitor care se incadreaza in acelasi curent) / Ana-Maria Avram pe wikipedia / un site intreg despre Ana-Maria Avram (inclusiv un interviu in franceza)

Compozitia “Endless Burning Fire” (live, Londra, 2008) poate fi descarcata aici de la revista The Wire.

din descrierea Festivalului SĂPTĂMÂNA INTERNAŢIONALĂ A MUZICII NOI din 2004

Compozitoare, pianistă, dirijoare. Creatia sa cuprinde peste 70 de opusuri simfonice, camerale si muzică asistată, de ordinator. Lucrŕrile sale sunt prezentate în premieră în Bucuresti, NewYork, Boston, Sandford, Viena (Wien Modern 1992 – 1994), Paris (Radio France, Theatre de la Ville), Londra (Royal Festival Hall ), Nancy, Alicante, Baden-Baden, Darmstadt, Basel, Moscova, Belgrad etc, în interpretarea unor ansambluri celebre: “Solistii Orchestrei Nationale a Frantei” (Paris), Kronos Quartet (San Francisco), 20 Jahrhundert Ensemble (Viena), Filarmonica “George Enescu”, Orchestra Nationala Radio, Orchestra de Camera Radio, Ars Nova, Hyperion. In 1995, opera radiofonică ‘On the Abolition of the Soul’ pe texte de Emil Cioran, comandă, Radio France, este editată, în “Antologia Prix Italia 1949 – 1995”, dublu CD Radio France. Muzica sa este editată, de ARTGallery, Radio France (Paris), ReR Megacorp (Londra), MusicWorks (Toronto), Banannafish ( Los Angeles), Electrecord (Bucresti) si Edition Modern (Londra – Paris). In 1992, apartia volumului “Roumanie, terre du neuvičme ciel” un amplu interviu cu muzicologul francez Harry Halbreich. Contributii muzicologice importante: ‘Ana Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu’ – Musicworks Nr 71, ‘Being composer’ – MusicWorks nr.76 (2000); ‘Ana-Maria Avram: an adventure in experimental music’, Banannafish, Los Angeles nr.15 (2001). In 1994 i se decerneaza Marele premiu al Academiei Române. Este membru al SACEM- Paris, UCMR- Bucuresti, Membru al Ansamblului Hyperion, pe care îl dirijează, împreună, cu Iancu Dumitrescu.
Lux Animae

“Lux Animae” pentru ansamblu şi sunete asistate de ordinator, în primă audiţie absolută, a fost compus în 2004, pentru Ansamblul HYPERION.