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218
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 29 2018 9:48 AM UTC +00:00

About

MAI is a new biannual feminist journal established to drive the forefront of feminist research in visual culture, with the first issue due to be released in April 2018. Co-founded by editors-in-chief Dr Anna Backman Rogers and Dr Anna Misiak, the journal pulls from a variety of disciplines with subject areas ranging from film and television, to fashion, to social media.

For a more in depth look at our journal, take a look at our website.

Vision

We are a collective dedicated to bringing feminist research and ideas to the general public, founded on the values of solidarity, compassion and agency. MAI provides a forum outside of traditional academia to allow feminist debate to flourish and grow. Keeping this forum accessible and untouched by publisher influence is paramount – and that is why we’re turning to Kickstarter.

Since opening for submissions, we have been inundated with a great range of pieces for consideration, the list of contents for the first issue is as follows:

  • Mariah Larsson: Mai Zetterling
  • Paulette Jonguitud: The Funambulist
  • Mary McGill: How The Light Gets In 
  • Anna Backman Rogers: Abandoning Happiness for Life
  • Gabriel Maher: In response to Anna Backman Rogers
  • Neil Fox: Interview with Hope Dickson Leach
  • Jessica Tillings: Blood Rhythms
  • Lauren Elkin: Sontag and Roubaud
  • Mairead Case: Ladies’ Almanac
  • Catherine Grant: Video Essay PERSONA
  • Amy McCauley: Women with Erections
  • Rebecca Tiernan: Video Bete Noire
  • Alva Gotby: Shulamith Firestone
  • Sophia Kier-Byfield: Future Feminism
  • Tina Krekels: Popular Feminism
  • Rachel Tay: St Vincent
  • Zsófia Jakab : Björk
  • Gloria Dawson: Jeanne Dielman
  • Rebecca Harrison: On Brilliance
  • Katy Lewis Hood: Indigenous Species
  • Ana Maria Sapountzi: The Witch’s Flight
  • Rebecca Jones: Monstress/Hybridity
  • Jazmine Linklater: A Futurist Manifesto
  • Tracy Piper Wright: Photographic Errors
  • Hannah Hamad: Digital Violence
  • Nia Davies: Collage work
  • Prieto Blanco and Akim: Exploring Self-Identification
  • Mel Gibson: Let’s Hear it for The Girls
  • Oksana Kazmina and Solomiya Moroz: Video The Wedding

The People Behind MAI

We have a strong academic background behind our co-founders and the international board of feminist scholars and creative professionals supporting the project.

Dr Anna Backman Rogers

Dr Anna Backman Rogers is Senior Lecturer in Feminist Philosophy and Visual Culture at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is also the author of American Independent Cinema: Rites of Passage and The Crisis Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure (forthcoming with Berghahn in 2018).

She is also the co-editor with Laura Mulvey of Feminisms (Amsterdam University Press, 2015) and the co-editor with Boel Ulfsdotter of Female Authorship and the Documentary Image: Theory, Practice and Aesthetics and Female Agency and Documentary Strategies: Subjectivities, Identity, and Activism (both with Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

Dr Anna Misiak

Dr Anna Misiak is Senior Lecturer in Film/MA Film & Television Course Coordinator at Falmouth University, UK. Before coming to Cornwall, she taught in Poland at the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw and at the Warsaw Higher School of Humanities. She has authored one monograph, Kinematograf kontrolowany (2006) and has contributed her film research to edited collections and peer-reviewed journals.

In 2015, she won the Leverhulme Trust Fellowship to develop her archive documentary study, Women Under Communism. She is currently working on her book on Polish documentary.

Contributing Editors & Collaborators

Some of our contributors & editors
Some of our contributors & editors

Development Plan

The scope for MAI's development is huge - and we have big plans in the works for its future. The funding we receive from this Kickstarter will be used to maintain our independence and allow us to realise these ambitious goals.

Mobile app

We want to make it as easy as possible to interact with MAI, and we're keen to develop the ways we put our conversation out into the world. Our technical team will be developing an app suitable for iOS and Android, bringing the journal to a new audience.

Breakdown of Costs

The funding raised from this Kickstarter campaign will be entirely used to further the journal’s reach. Our goal of £14,000 is the minimum we need for our first year, however, ideally, we would like to far exceed this and reach £22,500 from this Kickstarter. Any funding made over the minimum budget of £14,000 will be put into the marketing and future development of MAI.

As a rough guide, our funding will be allocated to the following areas:

Rewards

We have a range of rewards available, from a limited print run of the first journal to T-shirts to stickers - take a look at what's up for offer below:

Set of 3 MAI Stickers

Set of 3 MAI stickers
Set of 3 MAI stickers

Organic Tote Bag

Pick from one of our two tote designs.

MAI Tote Bag Design #1
MAI Tote Bag Design #1
MAI Tote Bag Design #2
MAI Tote Bag Design #2

T-Shirts & Hoodies

Our high quality T-shirts and hoodies are both ethical and eco-friendly, made from organic materials. 

MAI T-shirt Design #1
MAI T-shirt Design #1
MAI T-shirt Design #2
MAI T-shirt Design #2
MAI Hoodie Design #1
MAI Hoodie Design #1
MAI Hoodie Design #2
MAI Hoodie Design #2

Limited Edition Print Journal
The first issue of MAI in print! The journal will be perfect bound with high quality paper and in full colour. We're doing a limited run of the first issue that you won't be able to get anywhere but our Kickstarter - make sure to check out our early bird deal only available in the first week of the campaign.

Your support is hugely appreciated by the whole team behind MAI. We've been thrilled to have as much interest in the journal as we've had so far, and without your help we would be unable to realise the great vision we have for MAI!

Risks and challenges

We have already received a wealth of excellent submissions and we have a first rate team of editors and collaborators with years of experience, and so there is no risk that we will not be able to produce a high quality first issue.

The primary challenge we’re up against is the all-or-nothing nature of Kickstarter. If we don’t reach our target, then unfortunately we will not receive any of the funds raised. This would have a hugely detrimental effect on our ability to effectively promote MAI and do the journal justice.

Additionally, if we have to look for funding elsewhere, we won't have as much time to dedicate to the journal to get issues out on schedule.

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    Digital Collection of Articles

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    Stickers

    As well as the digital collection of articles, we'll also send you a set of 3 MAI stickers.

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    MAI Tote Bag

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    Early Bird Print Journal

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    If you're quick and manage to grab one of our early bird copies, it will come signed by one of the editors-in-chief.

    You'll also get a set of stickers, the digital collection of articles, and a credit on the website in our MAI Kickstarter hall of fame!

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    Printed 1st Issue (not Early Bird)

    One copy of the limited edition 1st issue in print, plus you'll also get a set of 3 stickers, the digital collection of articles, and a credit on the website in our MAI Kickstarter hall of fame!

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    Printed 1st Issue and Tote

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    2 Print Journal Order

    One for you, one for a friend! Give the gift of feminist debate.

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    MAI T-shirt/Journal Pack

    You'll receive the stickers, a T-shirt, a tote bag, and a print copy of the 1st edition of MAI, as well as a credit in our Kickstarter backer hall of fame on the MAI website.

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    MAI Hoodie

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    Amy McCauley's poetry collection!

    A copy of Amy McCauley's poetry collection 'Oedipa' and a copy of the printed first issue of MAI.

    Includes a collection of digital articles and a credit in our Kickstarter backer hall of fame on the MAI website.

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    Anna Backman Rogers’ book!

    A signed copy of Anna Backman Rogers’ book ‘Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure’, a copy of the printed first issue of MAI, a T-shirt and a tote.

    Includes a set of 3 stickers, a collection of digital articles and a credit in our Kickstarter backer hall of fame on the MAI website.

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Funding period

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