I am an Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. My research focuses on the material-discursive practices of scholarly research and communication. In my work I critically analyse alternative models of scholarly communication such as open access publishing and living, liquid and remixed books: publishing experiments that try to challenge ideas of authorship, the fixed text, copyright and originality, as well as the system of material production surrounding the book. I try to engage with these new forms both in theory and in practice, where I perform my own research in an alternative, digital, and open way, by publishing it online as it develops, and by experimenting with different, remixed, multimodal and multiplatform versions of my work. In this way I want to rethink the way we do research and how we publish it to avoid uncritically repeating what have become our dominant scholarly practices.


PhD, Media Studies, Coventry University
MA, Book and Digital Media Studies, Leiden University
MA & BA, Philosophy, University of Groningen
MA & BA, Cultural History, University of Groningen

Other Publications


Radical Open Access (in process) – co-edited with Gary Hall

Digital Theory Live: The Culture Machine Interviews (in process) – co-edited with Gary Hall and Pete Woodbridge.

‘The Ethics Of Emergent Creativity. Can We Move Beyond Writing As Human Enterprise, Commodity And Innovation?’ (in process) in: Whose Book Is It Anyway? An Anthology. ed. by Kember, S. and Jefferies, J. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.

‘Cut-up’ (in press, 2017), in: Keywords in Remix Studies, eds. by Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough. London and New York: Routledge.

With Kamila Kuc (in process 2017), ‘Unruly Gestures: A Creative Meditation on Reading/Writing Practices in our Post-Digital Condition’. Preprint Video

With Graham Stone (in press, 2017), ‘The surge in New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing: an overview of a changing publishing ecology in the UK’, LIBER Quarterly, volume 27, issue 3.

‘Performative Publications’Special issue: The disrupted Journal of Media Practice, Journal of Media Practice, collaboratively edited by the Centre for Disruptive Media and the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (in press, 2017).

Special issue: the disrupted Journal of Media Practice, Journal of Media Practice, collaboratively edited by the Centre for Disruptive Media and the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (in press, 2017).

With Graham Stone (2017) Changing publishing ecologies: a landscape study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing (London: Jisc).

Interview transcriptions. Changing publishing ecologies: a landscape study of New University Presses and Academic-led Publishing (2017). http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/6652/

Posthuman Reading‘, La Maleta de Portbou, #22 (March/April) 2017.
English version.



With Gary Hall, ‘Posthumanities: The Dark Side of “The Dark Side of the Digital”‘, in Janneke Adema and Gary Hall, eds, Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Vol. 9, No.2, Winter.

‘Disrupting the Humanities. Towards Posthumanities’, special issue, co-edited with Gary Hall, of the Journal of Electronic Publishing, Vol. 9, No.2, Winter.


With Gary Hall, ‘La Naturaleza Politica del Libro: Sobre Libros de Artista y Acceso Abierto Radical’, in: Andrew Murphie, Alessandro Ludovico, Janneke Adema and Gary Hall, Circulación y resonancia I, ed. Nicolas Pradilla (Taller De Ediciones Economicas: 2016) Impresión risográfica, 1 tinta, 128 pp.  (This is a Spanish translation of’The Political Nature of the Book: On Artists’ Books and Radical Open Access’ (co-authored with Gary Hall), New FormationsNumber 78, Summer 2013 , pp. 138-156).

Don’t Give Your Labour To Academia.edu. Use It To Strengthen The Academic Commons‘. In: Janneke Adema and Gary Hall (eds.), Really, We’re Helping To Build This . . . Business: The Academia.edu Files (London: Open Humanities Press). Originally published on Open Reflections, April 7, 2016.

Responsible Enterprise: Don’t Give Commercial Operations Free Labour‘, Times Higher Education, 07-04-2016.

Really, We’re Helping To Build This . . . Business: The Academia.edu Files (London: Open Humanities Press) co-edited with Gary Hall +. Digital, open access (gratis and libre) book on the data-driven world of social networking.


‘A Conversation on Digital Archiving Practices’. Interview with Davide Giorgetta and Valerio Nicoletti, published on the Post-Digital Publishing Archive, June 22nd, 2015.

Knowledge Production Beyond The Book? Performing the Scholarly Monograph in Contemporary Digital Culture . PhD Thesis. Coventry: Coventry University. Curve WikiBlog Commentpress About


‘Janneke Adema on “The Mess that Open Access has become”’. Interview with Julia Rehfeldt for The Hybrid Publishing Lab NotepadOnline

‘Cutting scholarship together/apart. Rethinking the political-economy of scholarly book publishing’. In: xtine Burrough, Eduardo Navas and Owen Gallagher (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). Online PDF Book

‘Open Access’, in: Critical Keywords for the Digital Humanities (The Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana: Meson Press, 2014). Online

With Eelco Ferwerda, ‘Publication Practices in Motion: The Benefits of Open Access Publishing for the Humanities’, in:  New Publication Cultures in the Humanities. Exploring the Paradigm Shift, Péter Dávidházi (ed.) (Amsterdam University Press, 2014). Online PDF


With Eelco Ferwerda and Ronald Snijder, OAPEN‐NL. A project exploring Open Access monograph publishing in the Netherlands – Final Report (OAPEN Project Report) (The Hague 2013). PDF

‘Reviving the undead book’, review of Planned Obsolescence. Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Cultural Studies (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2013.839728Online PDF

‘The Political Nature of the Book: On Artists’ Books and Radical Open Access’ (co-authored with Gary Hall), New FormationsNumber 78, Summer 2013 , pp. 138-156(19). http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/NewF.78.07.2013 Online Preprint

‘Practice what you preach: Engaging in humanities research through critical praxis’, International Journal of Cultural Studies 1367877912474559 September 2013 vol. 16 no. 5 491-505 doi: 10.1177/1367877912474559 Online Preprint


DOAB User Needs Analysis – Final Report (DOAB Project Report) (Amsterdam 2012). PDF

Mettre en pratique ce que l’on prêche. La recherche en sciences humaines et sa praxiscritique’, in Pierre Mounier (ed.), Read/Write Book 2, Marseille, OpenEdition Press (« Collection « Read/Write Book » »), 2012, p. 99-104. Online. Translation (by Pierre Mounier) in French of: ‘Practice what you preach. Engaging in Humanities research through critical praxis

Review: John Carey and Martin Elton, When media are new: Understanding the dynamics of new media adoption and use, New Media & Society, 14 (June 2012) 723-725, doi:10.1177/1461444812437331a Online PDF

‘On Open Books and Fluid Humanities’, Scholarly and Research Communication, special issue on Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age, Part 3 – How Readers and Writers Experience Information: Contexts and Applications, 3(3) (2012) 030132, 16 pp.. Online PDF


‘CREATIVITY (Capital C) has been hijacked by the artists’, http://www.remixthebook.com, remix of Mark Amerika, remixthebook (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011). Online PDF

With Peter Woodbridge (ed), Symbiosis (Michigan, Open Humanities Press, 2011). Published in the LiviBL: Living Books about Life series. Online

With Gary Hall, ‘(Im)materialities of Text: The Book as a Form of Political and Conceptual Resistance in Art and Academia’, New Formations (2012, invited) special issue on Materialities of the Text, edited by Sas Mays and Nick Thoburn. Part of the Materialities of text online conference (October 24th – November 4th 2011).


With Birgit Schmidt, ‘From Service Providers to Content Producers: New Opportunities for Libraries in Collaborative Open Access Book Publishing’, New Review of Academic Librarianship, Volume 16, Issue S1 (2010). PDF

With Jean Kempf and Paul Rutten, Report on Best Practise and Recommendations(OAPEN Project Report) (Amsterdam 2010). PDF

With Marije Hristova, ‘The Exile Condition. Space-Time Dissociation in Historical Experience. ‘A reading of Sefarad’’, Krisis. Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, Issue 1 (2010). PDF

Open Access Business models for books in the Humanities and Social Sciences: an overview of initiatives and experiments (OAPEN Project Report) (Amsterdam 2010). PDF

With Paul Rutten, Digital Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Report on User Needs (OAPEN Project Report) (Amsterdam 2010). PDF

JALC User Needs: External Evaluation Report – Version 2. SURFshare project 2009 – Enriched publications in Dutch Archaeology (Amsterdam 2010). PDF

JALC User Needs: External Evaluation Report. SURFshare project 2009 – Enriched publications in Dutch Archaeology (Leiden 2010). PDF


With Eelco Ferwerda, ‘Open Access for Monographs. The quest for a sustainable model to save the endangered scholarly book’, LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community, Volume 20, issue 1-4 (2009). PDF

JALC User Needs Report. SURFshare project 2009 – Enriched publications in Dutch Archaeology (Leiden 2009). PDF


With Tiziana Fazio and Tanu Patodia, ‘De kaart van Japan door Von Siebold, 1840 met geannoteerde proefdrukken’, in: De verzamelingen van Bodel Nijenhuis. Kaarten, portretten en boeken van een pionier in de historische cartografie (‘Map of Japan by Von Siebold, with annotated proof versions’, in: The collections of Bodel Nijenhuis.Maps, portraits and books from a pioneer in historical cartography), Martijn Storms (ed.) (Leiden 2008). PDF


‘Verzuiling als metafoor voor modernisering’, in: Moderniteit. Modernisme en massacultuur in Nederland 1914-1940 (‘Pillarization as a metaphor for modernization’, in: Modernity, Modernism and mass culture in Holland 1914-1940), Madelon de Keizer and Sophie Tates (ed.) (Amsterdam 2004). PDF



Academic-Led Publishing Initiatives Study – Jisc

Performative Publications 

User Needs research for the Directory of Open Access books (DOAB)

User Needs research for the OAPEN.nl project (2010-2013)

Organization of the Coventry Critical Theory Reading Group

Advice and design Coventry University Library’s Open Access Research Web


Research Fellow at the Centre for Disruptive Media (Coventry University)

Book Review Editor Cultural Studies

Editorial Board member of  Open Humanities Press

Board member of the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)

Editorial Board member of Media Theory

Member of the Radical Open Access Collective

Editor of the Culture Machine Live Podcast Series

Member of the Universities UK OA Monograph group

Conference Organisation

New Media Gatekeepers 2016 (Coventry University)

Why are we not boycotting Academia.edu? 2015 (Coventry University)

Radical Open Access Conference 2015 (Coventry University)

Disrupting the Humanities Seminar Series 2014-2015 (Coventry University)

Open Education: Condition Critical 2014 (Coventry University and the DMLL)

Knowledge Machines Symposium 2014 (Coventry University and TEEME)

Creative Hacktivism 2014 (Coventry University and BOM)

Open Media Research Seminar Series 2010-2013 (Coventry University)

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