Performing the Humanities @ 24 fps: Part 1

Performing the Humanities @ 24 fps: Part 2

'What Does's Success Mean for Open Access: The Data-Driven World of Search Engines and Social Networking', LSE Impact of the Social Sciences Blog, October 22, 2015.

'The Uberfication of the University', Discover Society, July 30, 2015.

Open Education: A Study in Disruption (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2014) - book co-authored by Coventry’s Open Media Group and Mute Publishing. (Open access version available here.)

Open Access

Most of Gary's work is freely available to read and download either here, in the OA archive CSeARCH or in Coventry University's online repository CURVE here

'The Political Nature of the Book: On Artists' Books and Radical Open Access' (co-authored with Janneke Adema), Materialities of the Text issue of New Formations, Number 78, Summer, 2013. 

performative project Janneke Adema has put together, based on our ‘The Political Nature of the Book: On Artists’ Books and Radical Open Access’ article for New Formations.

Forget the Book: Writing in the Age of Digital Publishing, discussion with Doug Sery, Sean Cubitt and Sarah Kember, CREATe at Goldsmiths, University of London, 25 May, 2013.

Lecture on 'Radical open access in the humanities: or, will the future editors of Žižek have to publish his tweets?' at Columbia University, New York, October 18, 2010. 

Piracy Theory

Talk on 'Piracy and Open Access', The Post-Digital Scholar conference, Leuphana University, Germany, November 12-14, 2014. 

'Pirate Radical Philosophy', Radical Philosophy, 173, May/June, 2012.

Special issue of Culture Machine on Pirate Philosophy (2011)

Lecture on Pirate Philosophy, Coventry University, September 29, 2008.

Disrupting the Humanities

Series of events looking at research and scholarship in a 'posthumanities' context, organised by the Centre for Disruptive Media, and featuring Mark Amerika, Søren Pold, Monika Bakke, Iris van der Tuin and Johanna Drucker:

Disrupting the Scholarly Establishment: How to Create Affirmative and Alternative Institutions (March 2014)

Aesthetics of the Humanities (June 2014)

Radical Methodologies for the Posthumanities (March 2015)

Liquid, Living Books

Force of Binding: On Liquid, Living Books (Version 2.0: Mark Amerika Mix)’,, companion website to Mark Amerika, remixthebook (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Living Books About Life, a series of twenty five open access books, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and published by Open Humanities Press (OHP)


Digitize Me, Visualize Me, Search Me (Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press - an imprint of MPublishing, University of Michigan, 2011)

Liquid Books, a series of open access books, published by OHP, that users can rewrite, remix, reformat, reversion, reuse, reinvent and republish

New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader (Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2009)

Fluid notes on liquid books in Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy W. Hunsinger eds, Putting Knowledge to Work and Letting Information Play: The Center for Digital Discourse and CultureCenter for Digital Discourse and Culture (CDDC) @ Virginia Tech.

Culture Machine

Culture Machine Live - series of podcasts considering a range of issues including the digital humanities, internet politics, the future of cultural studies, cultural theory and philosophy. Interviewees and speakers include Johanna Drucker, N. Katherine Hayles, Chantal Mouffe, Geert Lovink, Alan Liu, Ted Striphas, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

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Withdrawal of labour from publishers in favour of the US Research Works Act

Open access advocate Peter Suber has recently announced he ‘will not referee for a publisher belonging to the Association of American Publishers unless it has publicly disavowed the AAP's position  on the Research Works Act’. The latter, which was introduced in the US Congress on December 16, 2011, would prohibit open access mandates for federally funded research in the US. The Research Works Act would thus in effect countermand the National Institutes of Health’s Public Access Policy along with other similar open access policies in the US. Suber has invited others to join him both in taking such action and in going public with their decision.

To show my support for both open access and this initiative I have therefore decided that, from this point onwards and until further notice, I am not  prepared to publish with, or otherwise give my labour to, presses in favour of the Research Works Act. This applies to the peer-reviewing of journal articles, book proposals, manuscripts and all other forms of scholarly and editorial work. 

This is not a decision I have taken lightly - not least because I have a number of friends who edit journals  published by some of these presses. However, as a long-standing advocate of open access in the humanities it is an issue I feel strongly about, so hopefully they will understand and perhaps even feel encouraged to put pressure on their publishers to either withdraw from the AAP because of its support for this bill, or join MIT and a number of other presses in publically disavowing the AAP’s campaign in favour of the Research Works Act.

A list of the publishers belonging to the AAP is available here.

Among the publishers of critical and cultural theory on this list at the time of writing are:

  • Sage (who publish numerous journals in the area including Theory, Culture and Society and New Media and Society)
  • Palgrave Macmillan (publisher of Feminist Review)
  • Stanford University Press
  • Fordham University Press
  • Harvard University Press
  • NYU Press
  • Cambridge University Press

Peter Suber has created a regularly updated list of those AAP members who have already publicly disavowed the AAP position on the Research Works Act here. At the time of writing it includes:

  • MIT Press
  • Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Penn State University Press
  • Rockefeller University Press
  • University of California Press

More information on the Research Works Act is available here.

For a take on the subject written from the perspective of a scientist based in the UK, see Mike Taylor’s ‘Academic Publishers Have Become the Enemies of Science’.

Reader Comments (1)

Wow, that's amazing. So many little legal changes are happening in the US and so little recognition comes from it. I applaud your effort to remain true to your idealism in regards to the open mandates, though as a cynic, I'm not sure what overall effect it will have. I hope for the best, however.

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPolitical Chick

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