This is an open call for workshops by artists, activists, technologists, designers,
researchers, teachers, students, collectives or groups to the conference ‘Urgent
Publishing: New strategies in post-truth times’ to be held on 15-17 May in Amsterdam &
Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Wednesday 15th of May: Pre-conference night in Amsterdam
Thursday 16th of May: First conference day in Arnhem: sessions and panels
Friday 17th of May: Second conference day in Arnhem: workshops
During the first day of the conference (May 16th) panel sessions will be organized for
three specific themes:
• The Carrier Bag Theory of Non-Fiction: Modularity / Undercommons / Multi-voice
• Means and Memes: Activist strategies against the mainstream publishing practices. A
look at federated publishing, memetics, synchronization, and more.
• The Afterlife of the Publication: the continued existence of the publication in
different formats, on different platforms. Does it survive & thrive or will it suffer
a slow, unimportant death?
For the second day of the conference (May 17th) we are looking for workshops that can tie
into these themes that are hands-on and collaborative. Zine-making, coding, visualization
techniques are a few examples of what we are looking for in a workshop, but we consider
anything interesting and hands-on.
The 21st century has witnessed the liberation of publishing practices. Digital
technologies have brought the printing press to the masses. Who gets to publish and when,
the medium used and the channels through which information is consumed have all changed
drastically. An ever accelerating development of emergent technologies has lead to a wide
array of emergent publishing practices, be it in the form of longreads, vlogs, zines,
collaborative platforms or print-on-demand – all the while leaving the status of and love
for paper books intact. A plethora of tools, applications, infrastructures, models, and
hacks thus makes many futures of publishing possible. How to realize sustainable,
high-quality alternatives within this domain of post-digital publishing?
Liberation comes with its downsides: while the availability of publishing technologies
have helped bring different voices onto the stage, connect new communities and identify
hegemonic intersections of power, they have also played a role in bringing about what is
known as the ‘post-truth era’. Critical interventions have been somewhat self-referential
and concentrated on the needs and demands of people and communities engaged in the history
of art or avantgarde publishing. In the meantime the scale and scope of once emergent
publishing practices have exploded, leaving a disenchanted public to scavenge the rubble
of breaking fake news stories, information pollution and broken links. Speed and
availability of publications may have increased, but the quality of the information
presented and of its containers lags behind.
What is needed is a break with the old, closed pre-digital era of gatekeepers or high
entry costs. Publishers, writers, researchers, designers and developers need new
strategies for urgent publishing. A critical set of discourses, practices and productions
to intervene in the public debate with high-quality information that can be issued in a
timely manner and that will reach the desired audiences. The development of such a toolbox
of strategies has been the focus of diverse critical cultures that have interacted and
experimented with publishing in the last two decades. Concentrated efforts directed
towards furthering these practices within the context of the current information age will
open up robust futures for a publishing domain that remains forever emergent – and
Do you want to organise a workshop?
Please send in your proposal to kelly [at] networkcultures [dot] org with the following
• Workshop title, subject and a short description (200 words) of what you want to do
• The desired length of the workshop (both full day and half day are possible)
• Materials needed or other requirements
The deadline for proposals is Friday March 1st, 2019.
Institute of Network Cultures
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences | HvA
NL-1091 GC Amsterdam
t: +31 20 5951865