The Stradun, Old Town Dubrovnik (photo by Mala Matacin Dec. 31, 2016)
MalaMataZine was not the blog name I wanted (MalaZine was taken). But, it has grown on me.
First, my name is Mala Matacin and it sounds a lot like how my last name is supposed to be pronounced in Croatian (Ma-ta-ts-een). The c in my last name is pronounced like the “ts” in “cats” or “pizza”.
Second, mala in Croatian means “small”. And, of course, a zine is self-generated, non-official publication often produced in small quantities for those interested in a particular subject. I love that zines are alternative narratives written by and for those who occupy marginalized spaces; and as a professor, I am deeply interested in and committed to addressing issues of privilege and oppression.
Third, I am an academic at the University of Hartford who is spending my year in Croatia connecting with scholars, activists, and organizations who are working to address gender inequalities–a “small zine” of my experiences suits my blog name.
Fourth, it highlights my name which has always been a source of connection to my Croatian heritage on both my mother’s and father’s sides. My father was born in Preko and my grandfather (on my mom’s side) was born in Dubrovnik.
So, welcome to Mala’s little online zine! I will be writing about both my professional and personal experiences and sharing my photos. I welcome you to follow along, respond to my posts, and send advice. I fly out tomorrow (September 1, 2019).