A Guide to Open and Hybrid Publishing

The Open and Hybrid Publishing pilot, which I have been leading as part of the Europeana Space grant,  has just launched A Guide to Open and Hybrid Publishing.

The Guide takes the form of a free downloadable pdf brochure. It accompanies our first outcome, the online platform called Photomediations: An Open Book ( - which it uses as an illustration.


Polytech.Science.Art Week in Moscow

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Polytech.Science.Art Week organised by The Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, Russia, in collaboration with the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (7-13.12.2015). I took part in the symposium 'Problems of ethics: modern technological and scientific culture' and gave a public lecture, 'Bioethics in the Age of New Media 2.0'.

Here's an interview with me (in Russian) in the online journal Theory and Practice, conducted by Natalia Kudryavtseva:

«Технологии заставляют нас заново узнавать, кто мы такие»: Юанна Зилинска о биоэтике в эпоху новых медиа

В этом году главной темой Polytech.Science.Art Week станет проблема этики в современной науке и технологическом искусстве. В преддверии открытия фестивальной недели ее ключевой спикер, профессор коммуникации и новых медиа в Голдсмитс-колледже Лондонского университета Юанна Зилинска рассказала T&P о своих взглядах на биоэтику, понятии интенсификации и о том, стоит ли человечеству перестать испытывать восторг по поводу инноваций.


And here's another one:

Как вести себя во время экологической катастрофы

В рамках совместного проекта Политехнического музея и Музея современного искусства «Гараж» Polytech. Science. Art Week в Москву приезжала британско-польская художница и мыслитель Йоанна Зилинская, которая изучает этику во времена развития биотехнологий и начала глобальной экологической катастрофы. Look At Me встретился с ней, чтобы поговорить о том, что такое добро и зло во времена антропоцена.



Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 


The editorial collective of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience is proud to announce the publication of our first issue. Catalyst is a juried online journal that expands the feminist and critical intellectual legacies of science and technology studies into theory-intensive research, critique, and practice, supporting intersectional and transnational scholarship and fostering accessibility and experimentation in scholarly form. The inaugural issue demonstrates the scope of Catalyst's intellectual and political vision. The journal's core editorial collective thanks the journal's contributors, anonymous readers, and advisory board members. We invite you to access the first issue at:

Special issues in development will consider black studies and feminist STS, digital militarism, disability, and the politics of care. We invite you to submit work on these and other topics for juried review through the journal's online portal. The journal welcomes scholarly research articles, research-based art and media work, book reviews, news in focus, and other forms.    

Managing editors Cristina Visperas and Monika Sengul-Jones; web designer and manager Monika Sengul-Jones; and editorial board members Kimberly Juanita Brown, Lisa Cartwright, Martha Lampland, Rachel Lee, Mara Mills, Michelle Murphy, Natasha Myers, Deboleena Roy, David Serlin, Banu Subramaniam, and Elizabeth A. Wilson.

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience
Vol 1, No 1 (2015): Inaugural Issue
Table of Contents

Editorial Board
Introduction to the Inaugural Issue

Original Research
Black Feminism’s Minor Empiricism: Hurston, Combahee, and the Experience of Evidence
    Lindsey Andrews
Surrogate Humanity: Posthuman Networks and the (Racialized) Obsolescence of Labor
    Neda Atanasoski,    Kalindi Vora
"El tabaco se ha mulato": Globalizing Race, Viruses, and Scientific Observation in the Late Nineteenth Century
    Jih-Fei Cheng
Heart Feminism
    Anne Pollock
Depression, Biology, Aggression: Introduction to  Gut Feminism  (Duke University Press, 2015)
    Elizabeth A. Wilson

Image & Text Works
Enchanting Catastrophe: Magical Subrealism and BP's Macondo
    Jackie Orr
The Vanishing Object of Technology
    Joanna Zylinska

Critical Perspectives
On Writing About Illness: A Dialogue with S. Lochlann Jain and Jackie Stacey on Cancer, STS, and Cultural Studies
    S. Lochlann Jain,    Jackie Stacey
Difference Work: A Conversation with Lilly Irani
    Lilly Irani,    Monika Sengul-Jones
Science & Justice: The Trouble and the Promise
    Jenny Reardon,    Jacob Metcalf,    Martha Kenney,    Karen Barad

Book Reviews
Review of  Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity   (University of Illinois Press, 2014)
    Donna V. Jones
Review of  Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)
    Trung PQ Nguyen
Review of  Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us  (University of California Press, 2013) and  Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer  (Routledge, 1997)
    Lisa Lindén,    Mairead Sullivan

Lab Meeting
A Discussion on Experiments and Experimentation: NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal Studies

News in Focus
Ebola and its Discontents


Radical Open Access conference

15th - 16th June 2015

Two days of critical discussion and debate in support of an ‘alternative’ vision for open access and scholarly communication. The aim of the conference is to explore some of the intellectually and politically exciting ways of understanding open access that are currently available internationally. A particular emphasis is placed on those that have emerged in recent years in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

This conference is organized by The Centre for Disruptive Media at The School of Art and Design at Coventry University.

Attendance and participation is free of charge. 

Register and find out more at:

Confirmed Speakers: An Uncertain Commons, Janneke Adema, Dominique Babini, Armin Beverungen, Mercedes Bunz, Marcus Burkhardt, Joe Deville, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Christian Fuchs, Rupert Gatti, Gary Hall, David Harvie, John Holmwood, Sigi Jöttkandt, Eileen Joy, Chris Kelty, Sarah Kember, Andreas Kirchner, Christopher Land, Stuart Lawson, Tara McPherson, David Ottina, Nate Tkacz, Marisol Sandoval, Joanna Zylinska

Projects and Presses: Culture Machine, CLACSO, Discover Society, Ephemera, Goldsmiths Press, Journal of Peer Production, Journal of Radical Librarianship, Limn, Mattering Press, MayFly Books, MediaCommons Press, MLA Commons, Meson Press, Open Humanities Press, Photomediations Machine, Punctum Books, Scalar, Spheres, tripleC, Vectors


There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the manner in which it was transmitted from one owner to another. A historical materialist therefore dissociates himself from it as far as possible. He regards it as his task to brush history against the grain.   

(Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History)

While open access has at long last entered the mainstream in the global West and North, it is a particular version of it that is being taken up so widely. Open access is currently being positioned and promoted by policy makers, funders and commercial publishers alike primarily as a means of serving the knowledge economy and helping to stimulate market competition. This version has become so dominant that even those on the left of the political spectrum who are critical of open access are presenting it in much the same terms: as merely assisting with the ongoing process of privatising knowledge, research and the university.

Rather than ‘working with the grain’ of neoliberalism’s co-option of open access, the Radical Open Access conference will reclaim it by asking: what is the potential for supporting and taking further some of the different, more intellectually and politically exciting, ways of understanding open access that are currently available internationally? A particular emphasis will be placed on those that have emerged in recent years, in the arts, humanities and social sciences especially. Radical Open Access will thus provide the impetus for bringing together many of those currently involved in experimenting with ‘alternative’ forms of open access: both to discuss the long, multifaceted critical tradition of open access, its history and genealogies; and to examine a broad range of radical open access models.

As part of its refusal to concede open access, the conference will endeavour to strengthen alliances between the open access movement and other struggles concerned with the right to access, copy, distribute, sell and (re)use artistic, literary, cultural and academic research works and other materials (FLOSS, p2p, internet piracy etc.); and to stimulate the creation of a network of publishers, theorists, scholars, librarians, technology specialists, activists and others, from different fields and backgrounds, both inside and outside of the university. In particular, the conference will explore a vision of open access that is characterised by a spirit of on-going creative experimentation, and a willingness to subject some of our most established scholarly communication and publishing practices, together with the institutions that sustain them (the library, publishing house etc.), to rigorous critique. Included in the latter will be the asking of important questions about our notions of authorship, authority, originality, quality, credibility, sustainability, intellectual property, fixity and the book - questions that lie at the heart of what scholarship is and what the university can be in the 21st century.


Announcing the launch of Photomediations: An Open Book


We are pleased to announce the launch of Photomediations: An Open Book. The project redesigns a coffee-table book as an online experience to produce a creative resource that explores the dynamic relationship between photography and other media. Photomediations: An Open Book uses open (libre) content, drawn from various online repositories (Europeana, Wikipedia Commons, Flickr Commons) and tagged with the CC-BY licence and other open licences. In this way, the book showcases the possibility of the creative reuse of image-based digital resources.

Through a comprehensive introduction and four specially commissioned chapters on light, movement, hybridity and networks that include over 200 images, Photomediations: An Open Book tells a unique story about the relationship between photography and other media. The book’s four main chapters are followed by three ‘open’ chapters, which will be populated with further content over the next 18 months. The three open chapters are made up of a social space, an online exhibition and an open reader. A version of the reader, featuring academic and curatorial texts on photomediations, will be published in a stand-alone book form later in 2015, in collaboration with Open Humanities Press.

Photomediations: An Open Book’s online form allows for easy sharing of its content with educators, students, publishers, museums and galleries, as well as any other interested parties. Promoting the socially significant issues of ‘open access’, ‘open scholarship’ and ‘open education’, the project also explores a low-cost hybrid publishing model as an alternative to the increasingly threatened traditional publishing structures.

Photomediations: An Open Book is a collaboration between academics from Goldsmiths, University of London, and Coventry University. It is part of Europeana Space, a project funded by the European Union's ICT Policy Support Programme under GA n° 621037. It is also a sister project to the curated online site Photomediations Machine:

Project team: Professor Joanna Zylinska, Dr Kamila Kuc, Jonathan Shaw, Ross Varney, Dr Michael Wamposzyc. Project advisor: Professor Gary Hall.

Visit Photomediations: An Open Book:

Follow us on Twitter: @photomediations

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