This reading group accompanies the Post-Publishing research theme at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. In response to the ongoing enclosure of knowledge infrastructures and services, we will discuss ways to reimagine the relationalities of academic publishing and how to experiment with open, not-for-profit, community-led models based on care and custodianship instead. This reading group is open for all to join.
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CfP Teknokultura

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      Gabriela Méndez Cota

      CfP Special Issue of Teknokultura

      As open access policies have become assimilated to the commercial dynamics of academic knowledge production and circulation, publishing processes in the academic setting have emerged as strategic spaces where to explore new styles of research and social intervention, as well as to transform the relationship between academia and political activism amidst the globalization and digitalization of capitalism. The anthology Whose Book is it Anyway? Views from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright, and Creativity, edited by Janis Jefferies and Sarah Kember (Open Book Publishers, 2020), problematizes the technicism and commercial orientation of mainstream discourses on open access that pervade most governments and higher education institutions. The authors call on us to think beyond technological ‘progress’ and copyright issues, and to focus for once on moral, political and social rights as well as concrete strategies for academic-led editorial practices driven not by profit, but by solidarity, critique, and creativity. From this feminist intersectional perspective, developed in the After Open Access Manifesto, the issue is no longer to be for or against copyright, or even open access, but to inaugurate and sustain new types of research and a more just future for academic publications within and beyond discourses of digitisation. This special issue calls on contributions that document and reflect on the emergence of critical experimental practices in publishing and digital posthumanities which have a feminist orientation and commitment to intervene in political and cultural debates on open access and open science. The goal is to map emergent discourses and practices on academic-led publishing across geographies and languages, including interpretations and controversies on open access and open science in different contexts as well as cultural critiques of instrumentalist understandings of technology and intellectual work in academic settings, all paying particular attention to feminist approaches to the problem of knowledges in the current crisis of globalization. Topics include but are not limited to:

      • Intersectional feminism and open access/open science debates in specific contexts
      • Editorial activisms in the digital sphere
      • Experimental, iterative and processual publishing led in academic settings
      • Feminist ethics in academic-led publishing
      • Platforms and knowledge economies
      • Geopolitics of academic knowledge
      • Socioenvironmental dimensions of academic publishing

      Manuscripts should be submitted by September 15, 2023. They can be submitted in Spanish, English or Portuguese, must be original and not have been previously published or under consideration by other journals or publications.

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