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Book'Em: Between Piracy and Open(ing) Access
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The scanning, copying, and re-circulation of academic texts remains a highly contentious area of discourse across various 'publics' around the globe. This workshop proposes to critically discuss the notion of Open Access and its discontents by tracing its origins to its current appropriations of 'Open' across almost every aspect of societal politics. Open access is often associated with making publicly funded research 'accessible' to its wider publics within the framework of peer-reviewed journal systems, but it can also be viewed from outside the institutional contexts at its bleeding edges beyond the academy. The Public School Berlin now has a DIY Book Scanner. And there are various tools, platforms and technologies for sharing of books. What kind of imaginaries are possible there at this edge of the academy within self-organised networks of archivists, creatives, hackers, and activists? The workshop could include a brief presentations of research while at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, discussions and potentially speculations. Side note: Perhaps part of the day, or another day could be dedicated to a viewing of http://www.takepart.com/internets-own-boy.

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