MATCHES: A Light Book

Published: 04/16/2019

A new, expanded edition, with a Foreword by Alexander Kluge. The match: little stick tipped with combustible stuff, sparked by friction; typically comes in a book or a box or a bundle (the point being: never alone). The highly portable match lighting more or less when required was a great nineteenth-century innovation. Before, we had[…]

The Enclosure of Scholarly Infrastructures, Open Access Books & the Necessity of Community

Figure 1. Tianjin Binhai Library, Tianjin, China In June 2018, punctum and 4 other open-access book publishers in Europe (Mattering Press, meson press, Open Book Publishers, and Open Humanities Press) formed the ScholarLed collective: The aim of the collective is to explore the potential of working together. This includes developing systems and practices that allow presses[…]

Here Be Monsters: A Punctum Publishing Primer

by EILEEN A. FRADENBURG JOY Caring for [ourselves] is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare. ~ Audre Lorde But we can’t (and we won’t!) continue to be administered by a ruthless regime of technocrats that wants to turn everyone and everything into bodiless data, into sermons sent over[…]

Freedom, Responsbility, and A Non-Sad Militancy: Building Illegitimate Public-ations

by EILEEN JOY I am just returned from the annual meeting of the Cultural Studies Association in Chicago [23-25 May 2013], where I was asked to deliver plenary remarks on Publics and Publications for Cultural Studies, and so I thought I would share those remarks here. I shared the plenary with Ted Striphas and Mark[…]

All in A Jurnal’s Work: A BABEL Wayzgoose

by EILEEN JOY . . . for too long, thinking has been validated by the academy, by the answerable, by the already decided. To me, this requires—as an answer— the irresponsibility of thought, what Nancy calls, “a world for which all is not already done (played out, finished, enshrined in a destiny), nor entirely still[…]