Brainstorm Books

Series Editors: Julie Carlson ( and L.O. Aranye Joy Fradenburg (

Current developments in psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, and cognitive and neuroscience confirm the profound importance of expression and interpretation in forming the mind’s re-workings of its intersubjective, historical and planetary environments. Brainstorm Books seeks to publish cross-disciplinary work on the becomings of the extended and enactivist mind, especially as afforded by semiotic experience. Attending to the centrality of expression and impression to living process and to the ecologically-embedded situatedness of mind is at the heart of our enterprise. We seek to cultivate and curate writing that attends to the ways in which art and aesthetics are bound to, and enhance, our bodily, affective, cognitive, developmental, intersubjective, and transpersonal practices.

Brainstorm Books is an imprint of  the “Literature and the Mind” group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a research and teaching concentration hosted within the Department of English and supported by affiliated faculty in Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, History, the Life Sciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and the Arts. We welcome traditional scholarly and scientific manuscripts, but also encourage creatively essayistic, historical and personal reflections on the study and experience of mindedness, as well as writing that cultivates its own artfulness. We are especially interested in “minigraphs”—manuscripts ranging from 80 to 120 pages that fall length-wise between the article and the monograph—and we will also consider essay volumes that substantially advance current controversies and new disciplinary configurations.

Go HERE to read more about Brainstorm Books and its titles.

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Series Editor: Eileen Joy (

Dead Letter Office publishes small chapbook-style works, of anywhere from 30 to 80 or so pages, representing work that either has gone “nowhere” or will likely go nowhere, yet retain little ink drops of possibility and beauty and the darkling shape of a more full-bodied form and structure — to whit: the conference or seminar paper that will never become an article, the stray pages for a half-baked article that will never become the full-baked article, the half-finished chapter that will never make it into the book or the dissertation, the outlines and notes and semi-polished pages for manuscripts that are simply unfinish-able, the essay that can find no welcoming harbor (and that you half-suspect is ill-conceived but likely isn’t), the prospectus for the project you can never seem to find your way to start, the prolegomenon and preamble without follow-up, the stray children of your pen, the letter you wrote then tucked away in a drawer, fearing to mail it, or the one you sent and received again, with the stamp, “return to sender,” or which was never received nor returned, that you perhaps lost (then re-found). We seek, also, experiments in whimsy, in over-reaching, in idle speculation, in prospecting for fool’s gold, in working mountains into molehills, in marking and then forgetting a path in a wild wood of visible darkness. In short, the Dead Letter Office invites you to take those letters out of the drawer or shoebox, to re-visit and re-polish them, without worrying about conclusions or ultimate destinations, and send them to us. We also invite work whose genre is so un-classifiable, it is often declared “Dead On Arrival” in the more traditional publishing houses. Finally, we will also consider actual letters to the dead: belated eulogies, posthumous transmissions to the underworld, love (and hate and other) missives to the departed, funerary telegrams, and various notes and commentaries to be used as devices to water the graveyards where, to cadge from Walter Benjamin, some of the dead are turning by a strange heliotropism toward the sun that is rising in the sky of history.

Go HERE to read more about Dead Letter Office and its titles.

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Series Director: Ed Keller (

CTM Documents Initiative is a joint imprint of punctum books and the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design, a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings.

Go HERE to read more about the Center for Transformative Media and its various projects, which include The Funambulist Papers & Pamphlets.



Editors-in-Chief: Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei & Giovanni Ruffini

Nubian studies need a platform in which the old meets the new, in which archaeological, papyrological, and philological research into Meroitic, Old Nubian, Coptic, Greek, and Arabic sources confront current investigations in modern anthropology and ethnography, Nilo-Saharan linguistics, and critical and theoretical approaches present in post-colonial and African studies.

Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies and the Dotawo: Monographs series bring these disparate fields together within the same fold, opening a cross-cultural and diachronic field where divergent approaches meet on common soil. Dotawo gives a common home to the past, present, and future of one of the richest areas of research in African studies. It offers a crossroads where papyrus can meet internet, scribes meet critical thinkers, and the promises of growing nations meet the accomplishments of old kingdoms.

Go HERE to read more about Dotawo, the official publication venue of the Union for Nubian Studies, founded in 2016.

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Series Co-Directors: Helen J Burgess ( and Craig Saper (

We publish long-form scholarly projects built partially or wholly in online format: electric objects that cannot be printed.

Electric Press follows the rhizomatic ethic of our parent/partner independent journals Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. We value the strange, the partial, the particular and the experimental: scholarship that might be held to exist outside the increasingly regularizing archival and metrics-driven tendencies of the academy.

As Roland Barthes declares, “What love lays bare in me is energy.” Electric Press seeks to embody electric scholarship: that is, scholarship that excites a passion for overlooked and orphaned ideas and source material: bringing it alive and imbuing it with love. Care/cura as a life-affirming practice.

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eth logoeth press: postmedieval poetries

Editors: David Hadbawnik, Chris Piuma, Daniel C. Remein, and Lisa Ampleman (

eth press is a parascholarly poetry press interested in publishing innovative poetry that is inspired by, adapted from, or otherwise inhabited by medieval texts. eth [ð] is a letter that was once part of the English alphabet, which lives on in other alphabets (Icelandic, Faroese, the International Phonetic Alphabet). It is a reminder of a piece of language (a technology of expression) that English cast aside. It marks a sound that is rare in other languages, that causes trouble when others try to learn it. We are interested in the possibilities of poetries written under this sign.Following punctum books’ lead, most of our books will be published as open-access and print-on-demand; we are interested in the wide distribution and dissemination of this poetry. But we are also interested in connecting medieval publishing technologies to contemporary texts, and so we plan to explore the possibilities of scribal editions as well.

Go HERE to read more about eth press: postmedieval poetries.

cropped-helvete2logoHelvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory

Hail! Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory is an anthology series dedicated to continuing the mutual blackening of metal and theory inaugurated by the Black Metal Theory Symposia. Not to be confused with a metal studies, music criticism, ethnography, or sociology, black metal theory is a speculative and creative endeavor, one which seeks ways of thinking that “count” as black metal events — and, indeed, to see how black metal might count as thinking. Theory of black metal, and black metal of theory. Mutual blackening. Therefore, we eschew any approach that treats theory and metal discretely, preferring to take the left-hand path by insisting on some kind of connaturality between the two, a shared capacity for nigredo.

Go HERE to see all issues of Helvete.

4c645afab7ddf.imageKeep It Dirty

Keep It Dirty is an affiliative network, a desiring-assemblage, the world’s largest public art project, an instruction, a movement, a fashion statement, and an online mixed-media journal that publishes content every Wednesday on a rolling basis. Oriented towards ecological consciousness raising and collective image production in the interest of posthuman environmental solidarity, Keep It Dirty is a site where everyone is invited to hail and confabulate and perform the dirty collectively. Keep It Dirty aims to wring the purposive guilt out of  sustainability and calls for a full-hearted embrace of everything we do bad, for good. This rhizomatic project vociferously rejects the moralizing, egocentric, and falsely prophetic ambitiousness of our start-up present, for a future consciousness of the duration of the dirty, earthy now. Keep It Dirty is also a love-in that practices Leo Bersani’s impersonal narcissism. It wants the shock of the touch of everyone’s dirtiness, but without any claims. Except on the future. You say you love the earth? Well, you need to get dirty, then. And tell others how to do it, too.

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Lamma: A Journal of Libyan Studies – لمة: مجلة للدراسات الليبية

Editors-in-Chief: Adam Benkato, Matteo Capasso, Leila Tayeb, and Amina Zarrugh

Lamma is an academic journal that aims to provide a forum for understanding critically the complex ideas, values, social configurations, histories, and material realities in Libya. Recognizing, and insisting on, the urgent need for such a forum, we give attention ­to as wide a range of disciplines, sources, and approaches as possible, foregrounding especially those that have previously received less scholarly attention. This includes, but is not limited to: anthropology, art, gender, history, linguistics, literature, music, performance studies, religion, sociology, politics, and urban studies in addition to their intersections, their subfields, and places in between. The journal particularly welcomes articles that adopt innovative critical, theoretical, and postcolonial approaches. Lamma is a space where these fields interact and draw from one another. It is a platform where scholars and students from inside and outside of Libya gather to redefine and reshape “Libyan Studies.” For these reasons the journal takes its name from the Arabic word lamma: “a gathering.” Read more…

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Breakfast is basic. Dinner, an event, often shared, a date, a family, full plates and conversation. Let’s think about lunch and reading. The books, the poems, the essays, the films, the albums we love. Let’s think about both adoration for these texts and critique: responses somewhere between memoir and review. Let’s linger, though maybe we shouldn’t. Let’s do lunch. Lunch is punctum books’ forum for askew reviews: love letters, personal essays, poems, pictures, and art about texts that make you stay for dessert. Scholarly meanderings that do not push the personal aside, but instead, enfold the experiential into the analytical. Think Susan Sontag. Think Wayne Kostenbaum. Think you and us and lunch. We invite submissions potluck style: essays of fewer than 2,000 words; poems, formal and free-verse and experimental; art that can be linked to or turned into a .jpg.

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Oliphaunt Books, for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington University (GW-MEMSI)

Series Editor: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (

Our admittedly immodest motto “The Future of the Past” encapsulates our mission: to create and sustain lively scholarly conversations on topics of wide interest across time periods and specialties. In these conversations, we hope, the best traditional methods for understanding historical and literary texts meet innovative modes of analysis, argumentation, and publication. Oliphaunt strives to develop what the poet Wallace Stevens called a lingua franca et jocundissima. We are against the partitions that would separate the study of the past from an understanding of the present, the lines that cordon disciplines from each other needlessly, the ghettos that unnecessarily compartmentalize cultures, and the separations that attempt to obviate the hybridities that arise when differences meet. We are proponents of collaboration, risk-taking, diligence and creativity. We attempt a capacious exchange of ideas which while attentive to the violence and injustices through which history has been shaped remains affirmative, provocative and experimental.

Our publishing projects typically proceed from GW MEMSI endeavors, but we are always open to proposals. Please contact the institute’s director, Jeffrey J. Cohen, if you would like to develop a project.

Go HERE to see Oliphaunt titles.

ΠCase Files

Series Director: Simone Ferracina (

ΠCase Files is a joint imprint of punctum books and the online journal Organs Everywhere, publishing annual anthologies of select articles that are curated/retrofitted into a fresh cartography of associations, gaps, juxtapositions, and thematic clusters. Each volume collects documents that probe possibilities and illuminate questions, rather than proposing conclusive sets of positions or solutions.

Organs Everywhere (Œ) is an independent online journal that, since 2010, has been active in promoting conversations that approach architectural design from the edges of the discipline, plunging it into a strange fabric of marginal and experimental practices that fundamentally question its boundaries, technologies, methods and (e)valuation systems through the eyes of architects, designers, philosophers, artists, science fiction writers, activists, poets, and scientists. The journal values transdisciplinary, speculative and irreverent explorations over strict publishing formats and academic purity/orthodoxy, promoting a profanatory and open-ended research ethos. We seek investigations with the potential to redraw the disciplinary map of architecture and design, with a particular interest in hertzian space, cyborgian extensions, wet/living technologies, material computation, augmented reality, design fiction, prototyping, queer and monstrous ecologies, responsive and adaptive design, radical and exaptive modes of inhabiting, post-natural futurism, up-cycling, and alternative notational systems.

Go HERE to see more about Organs Everywhere.

new_peanutPeanut Books

Director: Valerie Vogrin (

A literary offshoot — a rhizomatic and wayward meandering of punctum books.  An offshoot in that it shares absolutely the adventurous mission of the plant from which it grows — to foster ‘writing-as-opening’ and writing as risk and adventure, a going-forth without ‘papers’ or guarantees: falling through the hole/punctum, falling down, freefall. We believe it is possible to create a lively community of readers for each and every Peanut Book by taking creative advantage of the ways in which the marriage of open-access and print-on-demand publishing fosters more accessible archives while not in any way compromising that thing that is the printed book. We still believe in the printed book as an art object as well as a portal to hidden planets. For those who want to hold it in their hands, we’ll provide the card catalogue and the map; for those who want to beam in virtually, we have the code for that. We believe that developing a community of writers, readers, and archivists is an act of love and attention rather than one of commerce and public relations.  Editors (not members of a marketing department) will be the arbiters of editorial decisions, the caretakers of authors, and the curators of artworks. Let it be said that Peanut Books is and will remain an imprint-in-progress, a press in the act of becoming. We hope to specialize in rambunctious, adventurous, bent, slant, and eccentric works of fiction and poetry, as well as theoretical inflections thereof, to be the imprint of the throwback and the flash-forward. We want work that seeks to connect, but also to disconnect, to inspire but also to deflate, to illuminate, to frustrate, to console, and to rebuke.  In considering Peanut Books, you might well consider our namesake which, despite its name and appearance, is a legume, not a nut. Legumes are pods, split on two sides. You never know what might spill out. We might well be that which we do not appear to be.

Go HERE to read more about Peanut Books and its titles.

RadCrim4_simple_front_cover72dpiRadical Criminology

In this period of state-sponsored austerity and suppression of resistance there is a great need for criminologists to speak out and act against state violence, state-corporate crime, the growth of surveillance regimes, and the prison-industrial complex. Criminologists also have a role to play in advancing alternatives to current regimes of regulation and punishment. In light of current social struggles against neo-liberal capitalism, and as an effort to contribute positively to those struggles, the Critical Criminology Working Group at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver has initiated Radical Criminology. This is not simply a project of critique, but is geared toward a praxis of struggle, insurgence and practical resistance.

To follow Radical Criminology news and to subscribe, go HERE.

To purchase print copies of Radical Criminology: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5.

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Series Director: Samuel Ray Jacobson (

REBOOT concerns itself with the production of new forms and formats for material, as itself generative of new narratives, discourses and other types of semantically-oriented modalities for knowledge-building. We follow the maxim that extraordinary and simple ideas can serve as parerga for transformative change; our conception is therefore minimal and broad, and consequentially our editorial practice sometimes exceeds that of traditional publishing to include content management and audio/video production, as well as some of the operations normally conducted by a general contractor.

Go HERE to read more about REBOOT and its titles.


Speculations is a serial imprint that was created to explore post-continental philosophy and speculative realism. Each volume provides a forum for the exploration of speculative realism and post-continental philosophy, and its ultimate aim is to facilitate discussion about ongoing developments within the realist resurgence in contemporary continental philosophy, and to foster links with realisms from the analytic tradition. Ultimately, the imprint aims, not to represent the dreadnought of a new theoretical position but to open up a window onto the work of thinkers attempting to push farther the limits of accredited knowledge, to take—with each and every volume—a temporary snapshot of the current state of this journey of thought.

Go HERE to see titles in the Speculations imprint.

 TC_logo3_72dpiThought | Crimes

Series Editor: Jeff Shantz (

Thought | Crimes is a book series directed by the editors of the journal Radical Criminology. The 21st century is an age of crime—state crime, corporate crime, crimes against humanity, crimes against nature. Elite crime. It is becoming increasingly clear that capitalism itself is a criminal system and the liberal democratic state a racket. In the current period of political repression, economic austerity, ecological destruction, criminalization of dissent, and mass resistance to these, the need for radical criminology is pressing. Radical criminology offers important insights into the composition of contemporary social struggles—and state maneuvers within those struggles. Radical criminology challenges openly practices of surveillance, detention, punishment and situates these within relations of exploitation and oppression that are foundational to capitalist society. Notably, radical criminological analysis is emerging from the movements as much as, even more than, from the academy. Indeed much of the most incisive thinking and writing in criminology is coming from movement organizers rather than academics. An imprint of the Critical Criminology Working Group at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Thought | Crimes brings together the most exciting and insightful new radical writings in criminology.

Go HERE to read more about Thought | Crimes and its titles.

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Editor: Maggie M. Williams (

tiny collections form one expression of the Material Collective’s mission to foster a safe space for alternative ways of thinking about objects. tiny collections push at the boundaries of art history’s methods and practices; they value the lyrical and the speculative; sometimes they are group projects; they cross boundaries and invent forms; they are not monographs or traditional scholarly research studies; they are not the kinds of art historical projects that could find publication in established journals. tiny collections are gatherings: thoughtfully assembled things, presented in warm light with a murmured “lookit” for introduction. tiny collections are the things we do, together.

Visit the Material Collective’s website to read more about tiny collections and its titles.

2 thoughts on “Imprints

  • I am working on the budget for a research project and I need to build into it the publication costs for a curated book that will include exhibition catalogue and critical essays. Approximate specification:
    50,000 words = roughly 10 short critical essays
    100 images: 50 colour, 50 b&w
    print run 500, open access
    perhaps in 2 smaller volumes
    we will index and copy edit ourselves
    I wonder if you could give me some ball park estimates that would enable me to build a budget, or else send me a schedule of prices. I am not seeking competitive prices. I was attracted to your open access approach and your very groovy art book imprints.



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