Caroline K. Kaltefleiter : Riot Grrrl Professor and Revolutionary

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SUNY Cortland, Communication and New Media, Faculty Member...


Coordinator of women’s studies and associate professor of communication studies at the State University of New York College at Cortland. She has over twenty years of broadcast activism experience as a news anchor and producer for public and community radio stations in Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and New York. She served as producer and director of the documentary “Burn Out in the Heartland,” a 60-minute piece that investigates the crystal methamphetamine culture among teens in Iowa and Nebraska. She continues to work on radio documentaries for National Public Radio and anchors a radio program titled The Digital Divide on public radio station WSUC-FM. She received her PhD from Ohio University in communication and women’s studies. She holds an MA from Miami University and participated in the Center for Cultural Studies, where she began her research on youth subcultures and activism, including work on youth culture capitalism, post-feminism, and popular culture. Her forthcoming text (Garland Press) Revolution Girl Style Now: Trebled Reflexivity and the Riot Grrrl Network, examines the girl feminist movement and its use of alternative media forums such as ‘zines, websites, and MP3 musical recordings. Her current research project articulates cyberfeminism within a discourse of new media studies. The project examines the construction, manipulation, and redefinition of women’s lives within contemporary technoscientific cultures.


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My own work with the Riot Grrrl scene started over fifteen years ago just as the movement was getting going. I was a member of the Riot Grrrl Washington, DC, chapter and witnessed first-hand the (r)evolution of a girl-centered subculture that motivated so many girls and guys to find a voice to speak about personal tragedies, local inequalities, and national/international atrocities, calling at times for all out anarchy against a system that perpetuates divides along the lines of race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.


Dr. Kaltefleiter is a professor in the Communications Studies Department. Without a doubt, her ongoing work at SUNY Cortland has been done so through the lens of support - she's helped countless students from around the region and the world understand their own potential. Dr. Kaltefleiter’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion can be seen in every single student she's impacted during her career. She has continuously integrated issues of race, class, and gender into her teaching, into her conversations, into her family and the world around her. She encourages students to not only read the texts of well-known white authors, but under-appreciated authors of color. She dismantles the hierarchy of academia by expanding her students' horizons. Dr. Kaltefleiter continues to work with grassroots activist groups to address food scarcity, poverty, and inequality. She has provided spaces where her students feel comfortable and empowered to have difficult conversations and learn about people from several backgrounds. Her curriculum pushes students to think beyond themselves.


Caroline Kaltefleiter is professor of communication studies and women’s studies as well as a founding member of the Anarchist Studies Initiative (ASI) at the State University of New York, Cortland. She has written numerous articles and conference papers on anarchist studies, do-it-yourself culture and the riot grrrl movement. Recent works include: “Anarchy Grrrl Style Now: Riot Grrrl Actions and Practices,” “Riot Grrrls and Bois: Gender Contestation in (Trans) Zines and Performance Sites of Resistance”; and “Juno and Diablo: Cinematic Riot Grrrls and the Cultivation of a Liberated Girlhood.” Kaltefleiter calls herself an activist first then an academic. She was a member of the Riot Grrrl Washington DC chapter and remains committed to Riot Grrrl through zines and correspondence. Her current research interests include youth culture capitalism, post-feminism, and popular culture. She is currently finishing a forthcoming academic text nearly two decades in the making on the Riot Grrrl movement, that privileges an inside/out perspective.

(Source: The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics.)

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Wayne Price There are various opinions on the question of what a libertarian socialist economy would look like. By “libertarian socialism,” I include anarchism and libertarian Marxism, as well as related tendencies such as guild socialism and parecon—views which advocate a free, cooperative, self-managed, nonstatist economy once capitalism has been overthrown. Before directly discussing these programs, alternate visions of communal commonwealths, it is important to decide on the appropriate method. Historically, two methods have predominated, which I will call the utopian-moral approach and the Marxist-determinist approach (neither of these terms is meant to be pejorative). I will propose a third approach, which has... (From:

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