Zapruder World

  • Posted on: 27 August 2014
  • By: Brian J Griffith

I recently joined an international group of like-minded scholars/activists to collaboratively develop an open access online-only journal called Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict. Zapruder World is both "a digital journal" and "a network of historians and social activists spread through different places, countries and continents, which will explore the many forms of social conflict and reconsider the notion of social conflict itself." Our goal is to transform the ways in which history is viewed, conducted, disseminated, and comprehended "from one generation to another." See the following description of the Zapruder World project and the table of contents for the journal's inaugural volume for more information.

 

The Zapruder World Project:

"Abraham Zapruder was the 58-year-old Ukrainian migrant tailor who filmed the killing of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas on 22 November 1963. Armed with an 8mm camera, he made history. From below.

Since 2002 Zapruder is also a journal on the history of social conflict published in Italy and in Italian. Together with the association Storie in movimento (SIMHistories in movement), it was founded by historians and social activists who took part in the protest movement in Genoa (July 2001), and were rooted in the experience of local social forums which emerged from the international demonstrations and meetings of Seattle, Göteborg and Porto Alegre. Their social activism has fed their research curiosity, broadened their intellectual interests, and pushed them to explore new methodological and theorical perspectives. History – they felt during those months of continuous and inspiring mass actions and debates – was no longer (just) a series of words on a page, nor a sequence of institutional meetings and events. It was acted by bodies and written in acts of protest, resistance, and rebellion of ordinary people against hegemonic and oppressive structures of power anywhere, anytime.

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We imagine Zapruder World to be a digital journal and a network of historians and social activists spread through different places, countries and continents, which will explore the many forms of social conflict and reconsider the notion of social conflict itself. In so doing, our aim is simultaneously to transform the way we look at history, the way historical research is organized, and the way historical knowledge is transmitted from one generation to another."

 

Volume 1 (Spring 2014), The Whole World is Our Homeland: Italian Anarchist Networks in Global Context 1870-1939

  • Editorial Board, Forward: The Zapruder World Project
  • Editorial Board, Introduction
  • Davide Turcato, Italian Anarchism as a Transnational Movement, 1885-1915
  • María Migueláñez Martínez, Atlantic Circulation of Italian Anarchist Exiles: Militants and Propaganda between Europe and Río de la Plata (1922-1939)
  • Andrew D. Hoyt, Hidden Histories and Material Culture: The Provenance of an Anarchist Pamphlet
  • Kirwin R. Shaffer, Latin Lines and Dots: Transnational Anarchism, Regional Networks, and Italian Libertarians in Latin America
  • Ilkay Yilmaz, Anti-Anarchism and Security Perceptions during the Hamidian Era
  • Donna Gabaccia, Afterword