[csaa-forum] Culture Machine: call for contributions

Gary Hall gary.hall at connectfree.co.uk
Fri Mar 2 02:45:19 CST 2007

Apologies for cross-posting.



Open access publishing has been operating successfully within the
sciences for over 15 years now. Yet whereas other online movements and
practices, such as creative commons, free software, open source and
peer-to-peer, have variously been regarded as providing models for new
regimes of culture, new kinds of networked institutions, even for the
future organisation of society, the open access movement has had
comparatively little impact on the humanities to date.

By making the research literature freely available to researchers,
teachers, students, investigative journalists, policy makers, union
organisers, NGOs, political activists, protest groups and the general
public alike, on a worldwide basis, open access is seen as having the
potential to break down some of the barriers between the university and
the rest of society, as well as between countries in the so-called
‘developed’ and ‘undeveloped’ worlds. It is also held as helping to
overcome the ‘Westernization’ of the research literature through the
creation of a far more decentralised and distributed research community.
So why, given the often radical nature of the content of their work,
have those in the humanities, and to a lesser extent the social
sciences, been so reluctant to challenge what John Willinsky in The
Access Principle refers to as the ‘complacent and comfortable habits of
scholarly publishing’? Why have those in the sciences apparently proved
the more institutionally, socially and politically progressive in this

In an attempt to go at least some way toward addressing this situation,
we are continuing to seek contributions to the CSeARCH open access
archive for research and publications in cultural studies and related
fields: communication and media studies, continental philosophy,
literary, critical and cultural theory, new media, visual culture,
psychoanalysis, post-colonial theory and so on.

You can find CSeARCH, which stands for Cultural Studies e-Archive, at:


CSeARCH is not-for-profit and free to download from and upload to.

Recent self-archived contributions to CSeARCH include:

Jack Bratich (2006), ‘Public Secrecy and Immanent Security’, Cultural
Studies Vol. 20, Nos. 4-5, July/September.

Sam Gillespie (2001), ‘Neighborhood of Infinity: On Badiou’s Deleuze:
The Clamor of Being’, Umbr(a) 1: Polemos.

Imre Szeman (2003), ‘Culture and Globalization, or, The Humanities in
Ruins’, CR: The New Centennial Review 3.2.

Dr Gary Hall
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University
Co-editor of Culture Machine http://www.culturemachine.net
Director of the Cultural Studies Open Access Archive
My website http://www.garyhall.info

New Book:
Gary Hall and Clare Birchall (eds), New Cultural Studies: Adventures in
(Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006)

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