Gracchi Books

Imprint Directors: Michael J. Kelly, Binghamton University-SUNY (mkelly@binghamton.edu); Catalin Taranu, University of Bucharest (catalin0taranu@gmail.com)

Credo

Gracchi Books aims to short-circuit the trend, especially in institutionalized open-access publishing, that renews a pre-Third Estate situation, investing those with exceptional means as the privileged voices to be heard. We seek to facilitate the free flow of critical thought and scholarly activities, from those who produce them to those who would like it, from within a selectively bold framework that ensures and demands rigorous, peer-reviewed scholarship.

Through the promotion of radical, innovative, and experimental thought, dialogue, patterns of representation, methods of research, interpretive frames, and forms of discourse entangled with serious scholarly, academic, and collegial expectations and direction, we hope to topple the hoary trees of hierarchies and let research grow and disseminate rhizome-like, in all directions, with no beginnings, endings, constraints or priorities other than rigorous scholarship, critical reflection, novel intellectual propositions, and creative inspiration. We especially encourage the bold exploration of academic paths that have been otherwise closed by the patricians of the mind.

The Gracchi brothers, Tiberius and Gaius, were a pair of Roman aristocrats who served as tribunes of the plebs, the people, in the Roman Republic. They attempted to pass land reform legislation that would redistribute the elite landholdings among the plebeians. They were vehemently opposed by the Senate and their biological lives ended in tragedy, but their historical lives are re- actualized anew. Today, Gracchi Books takes knowledge and research from the hands of the colossus that was able to stand up only because all of us supported it with our work and makes them free and open for everyone. Gracchi Books is entirely no-fees, open-access.

Scope

We welcome proposals for books, performance pieces and other forms of expression of non-fiction and historical fiction. We specialize in history and critical theory, including but not limited to related fields such as historiography and methodology, historical theory, anti-philosophy and anti-history, oral history, political theology, literary and manuscript studies, medieval studies, art and visual studies, music, dance and performance theory and praxis, legal studies, popular culture and the past, and other areas of erudition that lie within, outside or between academic, creative and wider / other paths of enquiry.

Prospective Authors: to submit a proposal, please send the following to us at networksandneighbours@gmail.com:

  • Biography & Institutional Link(s)
  • 2,000-word outline of the proposed work
  • 250-word abstract for each chapter / section / act
  • 500-word description of how your piece fits within Gracchi Books
  • At least one sample of other published or performed material

Printing Ethos

The content and aesthetics of publications drive the operations of publishers. At Gracchi Books, the arguments constructed, the theories and ideas proposed, the evidence used, the historiographical significances, the images and overall paratexts of our published works are all of paramount concern in everything that we do. In addition to the efforts to ensure sound content, we also think very intently and urgently about the material on which these ideas are published and disseminated. We believe it to be a socially tragic paradox that the potential of emancipatory thought is sublimated by the traditional publishing and distribution process, done without any consideration of the actual human, animal and environmental costs of those efforts. It is not uncommon, for example, for a book or journal to encourage novel social activity, while being printed on paper produced from trees felled in the Amazon, the production of which displaced hundreds or thousands of people, let alone the damage to local food growth and ecosystems.

Therefore, part of our mission at Gracchi Books is to become a fully environmentally sustainable imprint, using for our printed materials recycled and composted products, hemp and other [nonanimal] organic fabric to produce our own paper, ink and other materials necessary for printing our books. We are working to ensure that every person involved in the entire chain of our production, from the growers of the plants and trees to the authors producing the content, to the persons delivering our products are privileged to fair labor practices. We fully endorse Fair Trade.

We are still emerging, developing our path, and exploring our real imprint impact on the world, so there is still quite a lot of work to do. We cannot change the entire world, even of publishing, or the Humanities, but we do hope to provide a company model and an intellectual platform for publishing socially fair and environmentally friendly scholarship that is also academically and intellectually rigorous, challenging and experimental in smart ways.

The Gracchi Team

We, the founding editors, are two academics forged by PhDs in Britain, yet neither of us is there considered British. We, along with the board members, come from different places and situations on the globe, and disparate linguistic, ontological and other backgrounds. Despite the contrasts in our respective formations and experiences we have emerged and hold communal ideals that transcend national frameworks, that float unnamed and Real in a world context that is urgently and emotively tied to our locale and all locales, recreating the neighborhood and challenging capital as a particular and historical process by creating a parallel world option. This is us, in an un-rooted, shattered nutshell, an object united in its fragmented memories, representation and shared space. This named but not nominated collectivity is the core of the body best suited for a post-national and open/minded project such as Gracchi Books.

Gracchi Books is affiliated with Networks and Neighbours (N&N), an international research project dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. To this end, N&N runs symposia, conferences and other events, publishes essays and reviews, and, with Gracchi, books and editions. N&N is entirely no-fees Open-Access, non-profit and all events, programs and series that it runs and sponsors are free of charge. N&N is constituted by scholars from around the globe. It encourages participation from diverse perspectives and institutional frameworks, and strives for a complementing collection of advanced students, junior researchers and senior academics in dialogue freely and openly, without barriers – whether territorial, linguistic, national, or other.

Advisory Board

Emily Abbey, University of Leeds
Joan Copjec, Brown University
Patricia Di Gialleonardo, CAECE University & CONICET, Buenos Aires
Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn
Stefan Esders, Freie Universität Berlin
Luciano Gallinari, CNR, Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea.
Alaric Hall, University of Leeds
Summer Joy (S. J. Main), Los Angeles
Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds
Karen Eileen Overbey, Tufts University
Arthur Rose, University of Bristol
Benjamin Tilghman, Washington College
Alenka Zupančič, Filozofski inštitut (Institute of Philosophy), Ljubljana, Slovenia

For more information, visit Gracchi Books’s website.

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