Mad Students: Call for Zine submissions

Mad Students: Organizing, Community and Calls to Action

We have been working with two of our project collaborators, Alise de Bie (Canada) and Lieve Carette (Belgium), to help formulate this new Call for Contributions for a Mad Students Zine.

This zine invites submissions from Mad* and neurodivergent students that offer creative and critical alternatives to typical approaches to ‘student mental health’ and neurodiversity.

It will be organized on the following theme:

Mad student* organizing, community building, and associated recommendations for learning and teaching in postsecondary/higher education.

All current or former students (1) from colleges and universities who (2) identify with madness, addiction, and/or neurodivergence are welcome to submit.

Submission deadline: May 1, 2021

The zine seeks to:

  1. Gather examples that inspire, encourage, and support Mad student organizing.

2. Provoke discussion and exchange on the following questions:

  • What are Mad students doing to advocate, resist oppression, support each other, and/or to build community in colleges and universities?
  • What has Mad student organizing, advocacy, or community meant to those involved?
  • How are Mad students connecting to broader Mad/peer-based movements, communities, and histories beyond “campus”?
  • How are Mad students influencing what is taught about mental health, addiction, and neurodiversity and the ways colleges and universities address students’ mental health needs?
  • Emerging from these creative alternatives, what inspirations, provocations and recommendations do Mad students have for postsecondary/higher education learning and teaching, professors, staff, and fellow students?
  • What do Mad students want the future of learning and teaching to look like? What needs to change?

3. Identify and link Mad student initiatives in different local, regional, national, and temporal contexts and

4. Create an output that can connect and enrich debates and initiatives in the area of ‘student mental health’ and provide a jumping off point for future initiatives.

LQ – from This Insane Life: MadStudents zine, 2014.

To find out more about when and how to submit:

Download Call for Submissions


Contact the Zine Team at [email protected]

with any questions

to chat through initial ideas

and to tell us you’re out there (!) so we can

connect Mad student initiatives.

From OPEN ACCESSibility: An Illustrated Story of Disability Advocacy, Michelle Sayles (2018):





Earla Dawn Legault

HI, I became aware of the good work you are doing through the Graphic Medicine’s Unconference. I have been creating zines for many years and in the last 7+, have been using the craft to process my sister’s terminal illness and death. I’m late to the game with a submission, but have shared your work/website with my Graphic Memoir group at Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) where I am learning more about storytelling through comics. I am a Canadian and am co-writing a book about sibling grief experience, just now working on the illustrations – one panel comics, through SAW. I would like to know if your work has led you to learn about adult sibling grief. Its long term effects on mental health is prevalent yet goes undetected as siblings are considered the forgotten mourners. I am a strong advocate of mental health and zines so I am overjoyed I found your website. I will read more here but just wanted to connect and say, Good Work!!!

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