3,200 Persons + $10 Per Month = Sustainability / How You Can Help

by Eileen Joy In the spirit of Open Access also (ideally) meaning transparency of the data of open-access publishing, here are some figures from punctum books, followed by a plea. Ever since launching our Graduated Open Access platform at the beginning of this year (whereby PDFs of each of our titles are available for $5.00[…]

The Boy Who Couldn’t Change the World: An Open Letter to Verso Books and The New Press

photo by Quinn Norton, taken on Feb. 9, 2008 There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. ~Aaron Swartz (1986–2013) … open-access publishing is a brilliant way around the failure[…]

Open Letter to Rosemary Feal, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and the Modern Language Association

Open Letter to Rosemary Feal, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and the Modern Language Association by Eileen A. Joy *initially written for Facebook, 14 December 2015 (and slightly expanded here / to help me make this letter better and to point out its weaknesses and to help me emend/correct anything, please visit the Discussion Session built around the[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing Graduated Open Access @punctum

Someone, or some distributive collectives of someones, needs to take responsibility for securing the [necessary] freedom for the greatest number of persons possible who want to participate in intellectual-cultural life, and for enabling the greatest possible number of forms of such life, thereby also ensuring the creative robustness of the larger social systems within which[…]

Not Breaking the Rules Is Unconscionable: Where Punctum is Headed, Why It Is Hard, and What You Can Do To Help

by EILEEN JOY … because humanities scholarship is so tied to writing and publishing, opening up new possibilities for writing and publishing may, in fact, open up new possibilities within the institution itself. To change attitudes toward academic style means changing practices in the training of graduate students, … changing the practices of conferences and[…]

Knowledge, Spirit, Law // Book 1: Radical Scholarship


Published: 12/24/2015

Knowledge, Spirit, Law is a de facto phenomenology of scholarship in the age of neoliberal capitalism. The eleven essays (plus Appendices) in Book 1: Radical Scholarship cover topics and circle themes related to the problems and crises specific to neoliberal academia, while proposing creative paths around the various obstructions. The obstructions include metrics-obsessed academia, circular[…]

A Time for Radical Hope

by EILEEN JOY I was very lucky to be invited recently by George Washington University — more specifically, GW’s new Digital Humanities Institute [Alex Huang], GW’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute [Jeffrey Cohen], and the Gelman Library [Geneva Henry and Karim Boughida] — to give a talk on the state(s) and future(s) of open-access[…]

Incoherent Geography, Phanto-Cartography, and the Open Commons

by EILEEN JOY To pull cities together, and then push them apart. To feel their bricks crumble in our fingers like honeycomb, before fusing them once more between our palms. To hang the great capitals of the world from the crescent moon, like a nightwatchman’s lamp. To fold them into origami birds that nest in[…]