BaFL / Building a Feminist Library

Image Description: The first purchases for the Feminist Library. The image shows a black metal shelf with a collection of colorful books by feminist and anti-racist authors.



2023 – Present

Inspired by Max Liboiron’s CLEAR Lab Values Process, the BaFL project consists of building a library of key resources that have shaped us in our thinking/making/being and informed our lab values. We are grateful to the CLEAR Lab for sharing its protocols and work to learn from them as we strive to do anti-colonial lab work. We use storytelling (see Lab Values) to highlight the importance of the sources that have shaped us, encouraging robust citations of our influences and networks, committing to feminist and anti-racist citation practices, and identifying the core values that emerge from our conversations.

These core values form the basis of collective brainstorming, definitional debates, and experimental writing through the “hundreds” format devised by Kathleen Stewart & Lauren Berlant. Over time, we write and rewrite our lab values together in accordance with the sources and stories we share.

Books that are shared with the community are purchased for the library from a feminist bookstore and may be checked out by members. Digital texts are available on a library iPad and Zotero group.

We warmly invite everyone to participate in this core process for the FMS. Watch our newsletter for upcoming meetings and brainstorming sessions.

N.B. Though you are encouraged and welcome to bring a book to share to our sessions, you should feel free to come and simply listen, observe, or chat. Note also that the term book is used as a catchall and any form of text or media is welcome.

See our Lab Values


The Library




March 12, 2024 / BaFL Collective Writing Session #2

January 16, 2024 / BaFL Collective Writing Session & New Year Gathering

April 23, 2023 / FMS End of Year Fathering & Library Session

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