Panel 1. Postcolonial Open Access and Language Criticism: Who is writing for Whom and Who wants to be read by Whom?


Janneke Adema, Editorial Board member, Open Humanities Press, Editorial Board member, Media Theory, Member of the Radical Open Access Collective, Research Fellow, The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (Coventry University)

Amelie Beyhum, Managing Editor, Al-Abhath (American University Beirut)

Layachi El Habbouch, „The Digital Turn and the Politics of Open Access: Sustainable Epistemic Emancipation Forwarded and Voices of Knowledge Disobedience Generated“ (Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Faculty of letters and Human Sciences, Dhar El Mehraz– Fès)

Marcel Wrzesinski, Editor, Open Gender Journal, Research Associate, Margherita-von-Brentano-Zentrum (FU Berlin)

Translation work between cultural contexts, social positions or social fields within research communities is not one of two separate contexts but of the fact of contact. While Open Access is said to allow for the possibility of contact more easily, various levels of power relations are made invisible while becoming increasingly complex. The vast majority of scientific Open Access publications is centered in the United States, Great Britain and Australia. In her article on Postcolonial Open Access researcher Florence Piron poignantly argues that what has changed is that by making the “work produced at the center of the world system more accessible, open access maximizes its impact on the periphery and reinforces its use as a theoretical reference or as a normative model, to the detriment of local epistemologies“ (2018, 3). In sum, even if editors and publishers do their best to avoid „neocolonial tools“ like author-proccessing- charges (APCs) the whole idea of Open Access is dependent on users that are not only habitualized in the use of digital academic ressources but that have access to electricity, computers and the web in the first place.


Panel 2. Hybrid Publishing and New Modes of e-Publishing: How can we rethink the Political Nature of Open Access through Format and Content?

The Open Source Publishing (OSP) intervention will present recent osp projects involving web to print technologies. From a trimester magazine process to educational and research publishing platforms (The Riddle of the real CityMedorCaveatla Balsamine ).

The session will be divided in two parts: 40 min presentation and 30 min of introduction practice.


Ludivine Loiseau, is a training typographer. Amateur of vector drawing and digital artefacts, Ludi walks around typographic objects and is interested in translation surfaces between screen and paper. Teacher at erg art school Brussels, she leads a type design courses and digital culture workshops series.

Sarah Magnan, is a graphic designer who began to weave links between graphic design, digital art and archival issues as an art school student. She now has an off-road adventure practice of web layout and is getting involved with the collective Just for the record, a project on gender representation in new media and knowledge writing / sharing tools such as Wikipedia, and the influence of this representation on writing history and knowledge.

About OSP, experimental and performative workshop where digital practices are cooked with free software tools. Answering commission and leading researches and workshops, the OSP group is situated between graphic design, research and pedagogy.

At its starting point in 2006, the group is a caravan made up of individuals from multiple paths but with a common interest in the complex interaction between the practice of graphic design, digital tools and free culture. OSP counts today 8 active members and a large network. Coming from Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

All of their files are published under free licenses, at the following address:

Working for the print, the web and its crosses, OSP designs visual identities and some of the tools that support his practice. The association shares its production under open source licenses and tries to document their experiences in order to invent alternatives to the dominant model of the studio

This insistence always places the group in learning situations.

OSP promotes the use of free software which, by its open nature, invites to understand the mechanics of digital tools to be able to manipulate them with a critical and constructive position. Practices shape the tools – the tools shape the practices.