I am an Assistant Professor in Digital Media at The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (Coventry University) and a member of the Post Office Research Group. In my research I explore the future of scholarly communications and experimental forms of knowledge production, where my work incorporates processual and performative publishing, radical open access, scholarly poethics, media studies, book history, cultural studies, and critical theory. I explore these issues in depth in my various publications, but also by supporting a variety of scholar-led, not-for-profit publishing projects, including the Radical Open Access Collective, Open Humanities Press, ScholarLed, and Post Office Press (POP), and the Research England and Arcadia funded Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project, on which I am a Co-PI.
At the CPC I run the Post-Publishing programme. Originally set up together with Kaja Marczewska, this is an initiative committed to exploring iterative and processual forms of publishing and their role in reconceptualising publishing as an integral part of the research and writing process. In 2019 and 2020, the programme is hosting a series of symposia exploring contemporary approaches to experimental publishing.
My background is in Media Studies (PhD, Coventry University), History (MA), Philosophy (MA) (both University of Groningen) and Book and Digital Media Studies (MA, Leiden University). My PhD thesis (completed April 2015) focused on the future of the scholarly book in the humanities. I have previously conducted research for Jisc, The Knowledge Exchange, and DOAB, and have worked on the OAPEN project, subsequently the OAPEN foundation, from 2008 until 2013 (including research for OAPEN-NL). My research for OAPEN focused on user needs and publishing models concerning Open Access books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
I am co-author of Públicos Fantasma – La Naturaleza Política Del Libro – La Red (Mexico: Taller de Ediciones Económicas, 2016) together with Andrew Murphie, Gary Hall, and Alessandro Ludovico and I have co-edited a living book on Symbiosis together with Pete Woodbridge (Open Humanities Press, 2011) and a liquid book together with Gary Hall on the data-driven world of social networking: Really, We’re Helping To Build This . . . Business: The Academia.edu Files (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016). I have published in among others Culture Unbound; New Formations; Convolution; The International Journal of Cultural Studies; New Media & Society; New Review of Academic Librarianship; Krisis. Journal for Contemporary Philosophy; The Journal of Media Practice; Insights; Liber Quarterly; and LOGOS. The Journal of the World Book Community.
My book-in-process Living Books, Experiments in the Posthumanities, critically explores: how knowledge is created (produced, distributed and consumed); how we as scholars are involved in knowledge creation; and how we can create alternatives to the present system. In doing so it focuses on the function of the academic author, the political-economy of scholarly book publishing, and the stability and fixity of the scholarly book object. My analysis consists of an exploration of publishing experiments that engage with collaborative, anonymous and remixed authorship, open access publishing and open peer review, and liquid, living and remixed scholarship. I argue that even those who are lobbying for a shift to a more open, digital book, almost invariably end up replicating many of the features associated with print (for reasons of stability, authority, quality etc.). A large part of the originality of my project lies with the way it constitutes both a theoretical and practical intervention in the debate on the future of the book. Through a methodology of ‘critical praxis’, I performed and continue to perform my book, based on my degree research, in an alternative, digital, and open way, like I do here on Open Reflections. My research can be followed online as it develops, and features a variety of different, remixed, multimodal and multi-platform versions. In other words, it constitutes a performative and interventionist approach, where through experimentation I actively critique and rethink ‘natural’ communication practices, to explore to what extent an open online book is possible that does not simply replicate the printed codex book.