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Through a multiplicity of voices and journeys, this anthology highlights the everyday lives, experiences, energies and spirits of non-conformist wom!n (i.e., women, womyn, womxn—however, self-identified) from around the globe. While recentering stories of transformation through non-conformism, these narratives explore what is so hard, but also so good, about being a wom!n—especially in a century mired by deep contradiction, yet rife with unparalleled hope. Using diverse mediums from poetry, essays and interviews to artwork, photography and illustration, the collection presents stories from perceived ‘margins’—what we like to describe as, the sharp edge of going against the grain. 


The stories also metaphorically represent the mobility, multiplicity, intersectionality and dynamism of female identity. In all cases, identity-making and/or -breaking is viewed as the result of each wom!n’s agentic determination, no matter how seemingly small her act of resistance might be. At the same time, each wom!n, may also well defy conventional categories of what being a ‘rebel’ would entail, or even reject the term outright. 


Taken together, these collective voices relay visions, strategies, and hopes about what it means to take on, discard, or subvert gendered categorizations simultaneously inflected by ‘race’, ethnicity, class, language, sexuality, religious affiliation, generation, and other forms of intersectional identity markers. They do so across diverse contexts, from agricultural fields and marketplaces to medical spaces, exhibition galleries, the halls of academia, and more. 

An Anthology of Non-Conformism

  • An Anthology of Non-Conformism

  • Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare is an independent scholar and development professional, with post-disciplinary interests in diverse topics such as creative writing, critical pedagogy, decolonial thinking, epistemology, feminism(s), spirituality, spatial theories, and urbanization. She has a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and is also a RIBA part II qualified architect, with work experience in international development.


    Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa is an environmental anthropologist and visual ethnographer, with a background in Anglophone literature and theatre studies. Her multimodal work combines posthumanist, decolonial, and feminist currents in exploring contemporary oceanic imaginaries, futuristic utopian thinking, urban experimentation, justice and placemaking. She holds an MSc. in Geography (Oxford), and a DPhil in Development Anthropology (Bonn).


    With contributions from, in order of appearance in the book:

    Veronica Cordova de la Rosa

    Akudo McGee

    Lorena Rodriguez Lezica

    Bashiratu Kamal

    Wendy Chávez & Natali Zavala

    Nabanipa Majumder

    Jeremy Jacob Peretz & Joan Cambridge

    Atsango Chesoni

    Ann-Marie Ellmann

    Reva Santo

    Alisha Roff

    Alicia Mosley

    Galia Boneh with K.H.L.D.

    Diana Page

    Amy Shimshon-Santo

    Aze Ong

    Tuwana Evans, Wendy Ashley, & Jolene Swain

    Tammy Shel (Aboody)

    Zuleika Bibi Sheik

    Kin-Long Tong

    Julia L.

    Eilen Itzel Mena

    Lindsay Petersen

    Alba Amoo-Gottfried

    Koku Nonoa

    Alexandra Dodd

    Anjali Nath Upadhyay

    Manja Herlt Podratz

    Jeanette Charles

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