Transmission in Motion


22 April 2020
15:00 - 17:00

“Post-Publishing and Performative Publications” – Dr. Janneke Adema (Coventry University)*

***We are happy to announce we will be able to provide this seminar online, through Microsoft Teams. Please make sure that you register for the event thought the link above, so you can be added in the guest list***

————-You can find a recorded version of the session here—————-

With the demise of traditional gatekeepers and the introduction of new modes of publishing and distribution, conventional distinctions between publishing (as the activity of making information available to the public) and diverse forms of research are blurring. Increasingly research is being made (openly) available, in print and on-screen as well as in hybrid forms, as part of the various stages of its development. In this context, publishing, as an activity, becomes less about ‘making public’; instead, emphasis starts to be placed increasingly on the diverse and multiple reasons why we publish (i.e. for communication and feedback, for impact, for career-progression etc.). In other words, the blurring of boundaries between research and publishing has contributed to a raised awareness of when and why we publish (and for what reasons). At the same time, the digital environment and the apparent seamlessness of publication mean that publications as bounded and final objects or commodities are becoming less fixed and stable, questioning our common understanding of the printed and bounded book, authorship, copyright, and academic labour. In this talk, Janneke will introduce the concept of post-publishing and explore it more in-depth through an exploration of a selection of publishing projects, which highlight how the mode in which we produce, disseminate and consume text, influences the content and meaning of the text, or the way we interpret it. In this context, thinking about publishing as post-publishing highlights how publishing itself, and in particular, the platforms on which we publish, should be conceived as an integral part of the research process, as inherently shaping it.

Janneke Adema is an Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University. In her research, she explores the future of scholarly communications and experimental forms of knowledge production, where her work incorporates processual and performative publishing, radical open access, scholarly poetics, media studies, book history, cultural studies, and critical theory. She explores these issues in-depth in her various publications, but also by supporting a variety of scholar-led, not-for-profit publishing projects, including the Radical Open Access Collective, Open Humanities Press, ScholarLed, Post Office Press (POP) and the Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project ( You can follow her research on

Optional Reading

Janneke Adema and Gary Hall (Fall 2016) ‘Posthumanities: The Dark Side of “The Dark Side of the Digital”’, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 19Issue 2: Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities


*Session organized with the support of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Utrecht University