Medea Talks on November 14 with Gary Hall, professor of media, on open access publishing. In this talk, Gary Hall will discuss several grassroots, scholar-led open access projects and the politics underpinning these initiatives.

Free of charge, but please sign up!


Over the last twenty years, media professor Gary Hall has been involved in developing more than fifteen grassroots, scholar-led open access (OA) projects. This talk will discuss the politics underpinning these initiatives together with some of the associated concepts and practices: living books, anti-bourgeois theory, and pirate philosophy.

Among the projects featured will be:

  • Culture Machine, a journal of critical and cultural theory that started in the UK in 1999 and has recently relaunched out of Mexico
  • Open Humanities Press, an international collective that currently publishes 21 OA journals, over 40 OA books distributed across eight book series, as well as libre OA experiments such as Liquid Books and Living Books About Life
  • Radical Open Access Collective, a community of non-profit presses, journals and other entities formed in 2015 and now consisting of over 60 members

The discussant in this Medea Talk is Sara Kjellberg, PhD in Information Studies and Acting Head of Malmö University Library.

About Gary Hall

Gary Hall is Professor of Media in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Coventry University, UK, where he co-directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures and its Post Office research studio, which brings together media theorists, practitioners, activists and artists.

Recent publications include The Inhumanist Manifesto (Techne Lab, 2017), Pirate Philosophy (MIT Press, 2016) and The Uberfication of the University (Minnesota University Press, 2016). He is currently completing a monograph titled Liberalism Must Be Defeated for Joanna Zylinska’s new Media:Art:Write:Now series for Open Humanities Press.

Photo credit: Joanna Zylinska, used with permission.