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Subject: <nettime-ann> Registration now open for Radical Open Access II - The Ethics of Care
Radical Open Access II – The Ethics of Care
Two days of critical discussion about creating a more diverse and equitable future for open access
The Post Office
June 26-27 2018
Organised by Coventry University’s postdigital arts and humanities research centre The Post Office, a project of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cov...>
Find out more at: <https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fradical...> http://radicaloa.co.uk/conferences/roa2/<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fradical...>
Attendance and participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Register here:<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ev...>https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/radical-open-access-ii-the-ethics-of-care-...<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ev...>
Co-curators: Culture Machine, Mattering Press, Memory of the World/Public Library, meson press, Open Humanities Press, punctum books, POP
Speakers: Denisse Albornoz, Janneke Adema, Laurie Allen, Angel Octavio Alvarez Solís, Bodó Balázs, Kirsten Bell, George Chen, Jill Claassen, Joe Deville, Maddalena Fragnito, Valeria Graziano, Eileen Joy, Chris Kelty, Christopher Long, Kaja Marczewska, Frances McDonald, Gabriela Méndez-Cota, Samuel Moore, Tahani Nadim, Christopher Newfield, Sebastian Nordhoff, Lena Nyahodza, Alejandro Posada, Reggie Raju, Václav Štětka, Whitney Trettien
Radical Open Access II is about developing an ethics of care. Care with regard to:
* our means of creating, publishing and communicating research;
* our working conditions;
* our relations with others.
Radical Open Access II aims to move the debate over open access on from two issues in particular:
THE QUESTION OF ACCESS. At first sight it may seem rather odd for a conference on open access to want to move on from this question. But as Sci-Hub, aaaarg, libgen et al. show, the debate over access has largely been won by shadow-libraries, who are providing quick and easy access to vast amounts of published research. Too much of the debate over ‘legitimate’ forms of open access now seems to be about how to use the provision of access to research as a means of exercising forms of governmental and commercial control (via audits, metrics, discourses of transparency and so on).
THE OA MOVEMENT’S RELUCTANCE TO ENGAGE RIGOROUSLY WITH THE KIND OF CONCERNS THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED ELSEWHERE IN SOCIETY. This includes climate change, the environment, and the damage that humans are doing to the planet (i.e. the Anthropocene). But it also takes in debates over different forms:
* of organising labour (e.g. platform cooperativism);
* of working – such as those associated with ideas of post-work, the sharing and gig economies, and Universal Basic Income;
* of being together – see the rise of interest in the Commons, and in experiments with horizontalist, leaderless ways of self-organizing such as those associated with the Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and the Dakota Standing Rock Sioux protests.
In 2015 the inaugural<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fradical...> international Radical Open Access Conference addressed an urgent question: how should we set about reclaiming open access from its corporate take-over, evident not least in the rise of A/BPC models based on the charging of exorbitant, unaffordable and unsustainable publishing fees from scholars and their institutions? The conference saw participants calling for the creation of new forms of communality, designed to support the building of commons-based open access publishing infrastructures, and promote a more diverse, not-for-profit eco-system of scholarly communication. With these calls in mind, the Radical Open Access Collective<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fradical...> (ROAC) was formed immediately following the 2015 conference as a horizontal alliance between like-minded groups dedicated to the sharing of skills, tools and expertise. Since then it has grown to a community of over 40 scholar-led, not-for-profit presses, journals and other projects. The members of this alliance are all invested in reimaging publishing. And what’s more, are committed to doing so in a context where debates over access—which in many respects have been resolved by the emergence of shadow libraries such as Sci-Hub—are increasingly giving way to concerns over the commercial hegemony of academic publishing. So much so that the issue addressed by the 2015 conference—how can open access be taken back from its corporate take-over? —now seems more urgent than ever.
In June 2018, Coventry University’s postdigital arts and humanities research centre, The Post Office, will convene a second Radical Open Access conference, examining the ways in which open access is being rendered further complicit with neoliberalism’s audit culture of evaluation, measurement, impact and accountability. Witness the way open access has become a top-down requirement - quite literally a ‘mandate’ – rather than a bottom-up scholar-led movement for change. Taking as its theme The Ethics of Care, the concern of this second conference will be on moving away from those market-driven incentives that are frequently used to justify open access, to focus instead on the values that underpin many of the radical open access community’s experiments in open publishing and scholarly communication. In particular, it will follow the lead of Mattering Press, a founding member of the ROAC, in exploring how an ethics of care can help to counter the calculative logic that otherwise permeates academic publishing.
What would a commitment to more ethical forms of publishing look like? Would such an ethics of care highlight the importance of:
* Making publishing more diverse and equitable - geographically, but also with respect to issues of class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality?
* Nurturing new and historically under-represented cultures of knowledge - those associated with early career, precariously employed and para-academics, or located outside the global North and West?
* Ensuring everyone is able to have a voice – not least those writing on niche or avant-garde topics or who are conducting hybrid, multimodal, post-literary forms of research, and who are currently underserved by our profit-focused commercial publishing system?
Indeed, for many members of the ROAC, a commitment to ethics entails understanding publishing very much as a complex, multi-agential, relational practice, and thus recognising that we have a responsibility to all those involved in the publishing process. Caring for the relationships involved throughout this process is essential, from rewarding or otherwise acknowledging people fairly for their labour, wherever possible, to redirecting our volunteer efforts away from commercial profit-driven entities in favour of supporting more progressive not-for-profit forms of publishing. But it also includes taking care of the nonhuman: not just the published object itself, but all those animals, plants and minerals that help to make up the scholarly communication eco-system.
Radical Open Access II is community-driven, and is being co-organised and co-curated by various members of the ROAC in a collaborative manner. It includes panels on topics as diverse as: Predatory Publishing; The Geopolitics of Open; Competition and Cooperation; Humane Metrics/Metrics Noir; Guerrilla Open Access; The Poethics of Scholarship; and Care for the Commons. The conference is free to attend and will also be live streamed for those who are unable to be there in person.
Dr. Janneke Adema
Research Fellow Digital Media | Centre for Postdigital Cultures| School of Media and Performing Arts | Faculty of Arts and Humanities | Coventry University
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Oberegg, St. Anton, November 1 - 30, 2018 Application deadline: May 31,
Books, the Alpstein Mountains, and Nebelmeer [Sea of Thick Mist]
Once again this spring, the Bibliothek Andreas Züst is conducting an
open call for three studio residency stipends for stays in November
Located on St. Anton at 1,110 m.a.s.l. in the Appenzell Alps, the
residency program offers the best conditions for inspiration and
concentration. For a stay during the upcoming month of November 2018,
entries will be accepted until 31 May 2018 from national and
international cultural workers (individuals or teams of up to four
persons) in all disciplines (e.g., visual arts, literature, new media,
music, theatre, design, architecture, film, photography as well as
applied arts and art-related sciences including art history). A new
feature of the program is that the duration of the stay is now only four
full weeks. Accommodations are provided at the Alpenhof Panoramaherberge
on a self-organized basis. Depending on the Alpenhof’s bookings, the
lodge can be bustling with activity or very quiet.
Sought are projects that deal with the Bibliothek as a whole or one of
its sub-sections. An explanation of the motivation and aims must be
included with the application. We are especially interested in how these
respective intentions relate to the cosmos of the Bibliothek. The
stipend award includes a free-of-charge stay as well as travel expenses
to the Alpenhof. A subsistence allowance of CHF 250/week may be
Apply now! Detailed information about the studio residency stipend and
the application process can be found at:
Deadline next week!
*Ageing companions / Geprogrammeerde veroudering / Les cyborgs vieillissants*
Collective worksession in Brussels, from 17-23 June 2017
[call closes Wednesday April 18]
The lifecycles of different species are linked via electronic circuits with limited lifespan: accessories that measure biorhythms or monitor the growth-rate of specimens; interactive medical implants, networked pacemakers or wireless defibrillators are an everyday reality. As minerals, plants, animals, people and machines wear out, the technologies they carry and/or are part of, age as well. Their batteries might be empty, their computer chips break down or remote monitors can no longer handle the latest update. The ageing processes of biological and technological merge and it is not always so clear whether we are faced with physical or programmed obsolescence.
Under the influence of medicalisation, miniaturisation and algorithmic optimization, the prolongation of life seems to be a tech-only challenge without limits. Calibrated on the basis of constantly updating data flows, we become-older-together regardless of who or what has access, where we will stay all this time and how long we will last. Meanwhile, we generate dumping sites full of leaking bits and bytes, excess chargers and broken components. The associated ageing of bodies and devices takes place simultaneously in microseconds and in geological time, both on nano- and global scale. While tools innovate and flesh declines, faltering devices keep promising eternal youth.
During the worksession Ageing companions, we will work on the interconnected lifespan of both technology and bodies. How do ageing bodies keep each other and their technological partners company? How do they give an account of their generational specificities? Can we develop ecosystems that transcend time and scale in solidarity? Are bodyparts and extensions imaginable beyond the expiration date of concepts like The Internet of Things and The Quantified Self? How does ageism affect the "new" in so-called new technologies? What would it mean to engage in wild and mutual life-long learning?
Worksessions are intensive transdisciplinary moments that Constant organises twice a year. We create a temporary working environment where participants can link their different types of expertise in order to develop ideas and research projects together. We prefer to use Free, Libre and Open Source software and data available under an open license. Language: English, with inserts in Dutch and French.
Participants of all ages are welcome to apply. They have diverse backgrounds, disciplines and ages. We are looking for example for critical gerontologists, data feminists, reflective self-quantifiers, artists who work with wearables (who wears what?), sensors (who feels who?), micro-controllers (who controls what?).
During this intensive week we jointly develop prototypes, models and concepts that can stretch the imagination for the connected ageing of technology and body. We work hands-on with open hardware, visit a high-tech lab and contribute to a special episode of Pianorama (cinema for seniors). The week ends with a performance that Zoumana Méïté develops together with us over the course of the worksession.
Ageing companions takes place in Brussels from Sunday evening 17 June to Saturday evening 23 June 2018. Participation is free of charge, Constant provides lunch and travel plus accommodation if necessary. Constant already invited a number of participants to start the session. In addition, 15 places are available via this open call.
If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to wendy(a)constantvzw.org before 18 April 2018 and briefly motivate your participation. Also mention your chronological, biological and/or subjective age. We will reply no later than 25 April 2018.
Ageing companions is developed by the association for art and media, Constant in collaboration with the kunstenwerkplaats and community centre De Pianofabriek.
Discussing with Dušan last night, we realised it would be helpful if for next Wednesday, each of you could prepare a 'codex' of five to ten digitised and OCR'd books or even better, plain text files (five volumes/books rather than single texts/essays).
You can of course use your readers from issue 5, or maybe the books from the cross-country top ten that we gathered yesterday could be interesting to work with. You can of course start to create a different collection all together.
Some background on how Dušan understands indexes: https://monoskop.org/Talks/Poetics_of_Research (with all the way at the end, some of the tf-idf and concordance code we will work with).
I added Bodo's email to yesterdays notes https://pad.pzimediadesign.nl/p/itl-2 [line 8] and here is Eleanor's blog: http://raddestrightnow.blogspot.be/ She is a writer/performer currently participating in a.pass http://apass.be/ and she will hopefully join us next week.
Where's the source code for the generator?
I'd like to use it for the call for application text that I'm planning
to do in a week.
I just need the keywords in fact, so even that would be fine.
I only found Florian's Perl implementation