SPONTANEOUS ACTS OF SCHOLARLY COMBUSTION

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Fugitive Traces

Fugitive Traces is a CD album and accompanying PDF booklet that collages the director’s commentary from over a dozen Werner Herzog films with electronic, chamber, and rock music to both pay homage to one of ...

Rhetorical Agency

Forthcoming

In recent accounts of rhetoric’s storied productivity, commentators have implied, along systematically Kantian lines, albeit with the occasional protestation, that agency must be coextensive with subjectivity. But is that all there is (to 2,500 years’ ...

dôNrm’-lä-püsl

Forthcoming

There have been many iterations of the Joan of Arc story: “testimonies,” books, and films have attempted to capture the drama of one of history’s most famous gender warriors. But few, if any, have been ...

The Pedagogics of Liberation: A Latin American Philosophy of Education

Forthcoming

Enrique Dussel is considered one of the founding philosophers of liberation in the Latin American tradition, an influential arm of what is now called decoloniality. While he is astoundingly prolific, relatively few of his works ...

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Democracy … is not an established reality, nor is it a mere ideal; it is rather a permanent struggle for democratization. Can open access be understood in similar terms: less as a homogeneous project striving to become a dominating model or force, and more as an ongoing critical struggle, or series of struggles? … Certainly, one of the advantages of conceptualizing open access as a process of struggle rather than as a model to be implemented would be that doing so would create more space for radically different, conflicting, even incommensurable positions within the larger movement, including those that are concerned with experimenting critically with the form of the book and the way our system of scholarly communication currently operates. … In fact if, as we have seen, one of the impulses behind open access is to make knowledge and research—and with it society—more open and democratic, it can be argued that the existence of … dissensus will help achieve this ambition.

Janneke Adema and Gary Hall, "The Political Nature of the Book"