• The Geopolitics of Open

    Denisse Albornoz, George (Zhiwen) Chen, Maggie Huang, Tasneem Mewa, Gabriela Méndez Cota, Ángel Octavio Álvarez Solís
    Culture Machine, Post Office Press (see profile)
    Critical theory, Education, Higher--Curricula, Developing countries, Information organization, Mexico, Open access publishing
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    care, geopolitics, Knowledge G.A.P, Critical university studies, Global south, Infrastructure, Knowledge organization, Open-access publishing
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    The Geopolitics of Open addresses issues of difference, ideology and infrastructure across the stratified geographies of open access publishing. It examines the construction of power and inequality in our scholarly practices and discourses around the open. How can we contextualise open access, as a contingent and politically-laden concept, within particular historical and regional contexts and socio-political struggles? This will involve asking questions about how notions of openness have been implicit in processes of global knowledge appropriation and exploitation in a postcolonial neoliberal context. The three exploratory essays that make up this pamphlet all pursue this attempt to regionalise and, in the process, politicise how open access infrastructures form and for whom they become beneficial, both financially and socially. They share a commitment to articulating a scaled down geo-politics that asks of publishing infrastructures: where and by what means? And also consider how varied institutional contexts, from multistate formations like the European Union, to urban and regional universities in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, start to shape the varied epistemological and political geographies of situated open access practices.
    This pamphlet is published in a series of 7 as part of the Radical Open Access II conference, which took place June 26-27 at Coventry University. More information about this conference and about the contributors to this pamphlet can be found at: http://radicaloa.co.uk/conferences/ ROA2. This pamphlet was made possible due to generous funding from The Post Office, a project of Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures and the combined efforts of authors, editors, designers & printers.
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