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DIY: Start Your Own Journal, Press or University
Thu 26 January 2017, 16:00 – 18:00 GMT
The Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture and The Contemporary Small Press, University of Westminster invite you to a workshop:
DIY: Start Your Own Journal, Press, or University
Led by Professor Craig Saper, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Thursday 26 January 2017, 4-6pm, University of Westminster, The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street
Looking at a series of experiments in publishing scholarship, this workshop asks participants to propose venues and modes of presentation appropriate to the scholarly questions they seek to ask.
Based on Craig Saper’s research on Intimate Bureaucracies and on his co-founding Electric Press and Textshop Experiments, founding Roving Eye Press, and starting experimental venues for emerging forms of knowledge, like the online reading machine that simulates a modernist project from 1929, as well as participating in others' experiments in publishing including Punctum Books and the media-making journal HyperRhiz. This workshop asks us to confront the declining sales and circulation of scholarly monographs, previously the major venues for sharing knowledge and factual evidence from research, by looking at solutions currently being tested. University presses have not met the need for increasing the audience of evidence-based rigorous scholarship; instead they have ceded the production of speculative theory, intensive research, knowledge production, and even the testing of legitimate facts to the entertainment-news industrial complex with dire consequences. We usually do not make the connection between what is now called fake-news and the decline of university presses reaching an audience, but this workshop looks at the future of knowledge, learning, research, and scholarship in terms of the need to increase publishing options and venues for scholarship. The situation of publishing is not rosy. Print runs of scholarly books have declined dramatically since the 1960s. But, the solution might be that with the growing consensus that scholarly (or creative) value is not determined by mode (that printed on paper books is no longer the privileged mode of delivery), and besides meeting a need for legitimate scholarship, we now can employ new tools, perspectives, and types of knowledge in publishing our scholarship. These new forms of publications can now serve the interdisciplinary, emerging, and vibrant fields that encompasses the practices of scholarship and alternative forms of production as well as encourage new forms of intimate organizations. These DIY projects ask us to recognize that the mode of publication does not determine the legitimacy or types of scholarship accepted, but that the goals should determine which mode of publication we choose for a particular project.