Brainstorm Books

Imprint Directors: Julie Carlson (, Aranye Fradenburg Joy (, and Eileen Fradenburg Joy (

The local mechanisms of mind . . . are not all in the head. Cognition leaks out into body and world.  
~ Andy Clark, Supersizing the Mind

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.

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Marco Caracciolo, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Rita Charon, MD, Columbia University
  • Bracha Ettinger, European Graduate School, Switzerland
  • Carl Hart, Columbia University
  • Fred Moten, New York University
  • Laura Otis, Emory University
  • Laurence Rickels, European Graduate School, Switzerland
  • Mark Solms, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University
  • Elizabeth A. Wilson, Emory University