By: Frances Cabigas
Professor Hammond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, his work focuses on British modernism (specifically, the relationship between technology, politics, and artistic expression in the period) and Digital Humanities (at the theoretical level, he looks at the relationship between technology, politics, and artistic expression in the digital age; at the practical level, his work is to develop new applications of natural language processing for meaningful literary analysis).
Riot Grrrl was the longest segment on your Social Politics of Indie syllabus. What is the significance of Riot Grrrl to you to where you felt that you had to focus on this topic a little more diligently than all your other segments?
Professor Hammond: Riot Grrrl is for me maybe the ultimate “indie” movement. It came out of a small, local, ideologically-committed scene (Olympia, Washington in the 1980-90s). It expressed itself through indie music (weird DIY punk released on small labels) as well as zines (intensely personal self-produced magazines). And it grew well beyond these tiny, hyper-local, super small-scale beginnings to become a major international political movement and a major part of third-wave feminism — to change the world in a very real way. Riot Grrrl certainly wasn’t perfect (it was seen as cliquish, it was limited in its outlook) but it was important — and it remains important. Continue reading “Riot Grrrl Interview With SDSU Professor Hammond from the English & Comparative Literature Department”