New Book: “Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access” (MIT Press, 2020)

MIT Press have recently published a new book on Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access edited by Martin Eve and myself.

The book aims to provide a “critical inquiry into the politics, practices, and infrastructures of open access and the reconfiguration of scholarly communication in digital societies”.

My chapter, “Infrastructural Experiments and the Politics of Open Access” examines how scholarly communication infrastructures may be taken as both an object of research and a site of experimentation to explore questions of who has access, what counts, what matters, and how relations are organised.

The chapters in the book are also available as a set of open access PDFs to coincide with Open Access Week. The whole book is available as a single PDF here. Following is an overview of the table of contents with links to full texts of corresponding chapters.

  1. Epistemic Alienation in African Scholarly Communications: Open Access as a Pharmakon – Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou
  2. Scholarly Communications and Social Justice – Charlotte Roh, Harrison W. Inefuku, and Emily Drabinski
  3. Social Justice and Inclusivity: Drivers for the Dissemination of African Scholarship – Reggie Raju, Jill Claassen, Namhla Madini, and Tamzyn Suliaman
  4. Can Open Scholarly Practices Redress Epistemic Injustice? – Denisse Albornoz, Angela Okune, and Leslie Chan
  5. When the Law Advances Access to Learning: Locke and the Origins of Modern Copyright – John Willinsky
  6. How Does a Format Make a Public? – Robin de Mourat, Donato Ricci, and Bruno Latour
  7. Peer Review: Readers in the Making of Scholarly Knowledge – David Pontille and Didier Torny
  8. The Making of Empirical Knowledge: Recipes, Craft, and Scholarly Communication – Pamela H. Smith, Tianna Helena Uchacz, Naomi Rosenkranz, and Claire Conklin Sabel
  9. The Royal Society and the Noncommercial Circulation of Knowledge – Aileen Fyfe
  10. The Political Histories of UK Public Libraries and Access to Knowledge – Stuart Lawson
  11. Libraries and Their Publics in the United States – Maura A. Smale
  12. Open Access, “Publicity,” and Democratic Knowledge – John Holmwood
  13. Libraries, Museums, and Archives as Speculative Knowledge Infrastructure – Bethany Nowviskie
  14. Preserving the Past for the Future: Whose Past? Everyone’s Future – April M. Hathcock
  15. Is There a Text in These Data? The Digital Humanities and Preserving the Evidence – Dorothea Salo
  16. Accessing the Past, or Should Archives Provide Open Access? – István Rév
  17. Infrastructural Experiments and the Politics of Open Access – Jonathan Gray
  18. The Platformization of Open – Penny C. S. Andrews
  19. Reading Scholarship Digitally – Martin Paul Eve
  20. Toward Linked Open Data for Latin America – Arianna Becerril-García and Eduardo Aguado-López
  21. The Pasts, Presents, and Futures of SciELO – Abel L. Packer
  22. Not Self-Indulgence, but Self-Preservation: Open Access and the Ethics of Care – Eileen A. Joy
  23. Toward a Global Open-Access Scholarly Communications System: A Developing Region Perspective – Dominique Babini
  24. Learned Societies, Humanities Publishing, and Scholarly Communication in the UK – Jane Winters
  25. Not All Networks: Toward Open, Sustainable Research Communities – Kathleen Fitzpatrick

You can also find our introduction and conclusion to the book as well as acknowledgements, bibliography and contributor bios. Here’s a thread linking to the accounts of contributors who are on Twitter.

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