In this article, I suggest opening out from the digital genealogies critical strands within the Open Access (OA) movement usually associate themselves with: I propose a genealogy of OA publishing that takes into consideration feminist and decolonial transnational publishing initiatives that have been active in non-digital realms before, and in parallel to what these critical strands have highlighted as their digital origins. The ways in which these pre-digital initiatives organised and mobilised feminist and decolonial transnational struggle through publishing might offer new insights for contemporary critical OA – specifically, with regards to questions around how to confront uneven hierarchies of place in academia, while holding in tension their intersectional character. By asking “what would the future of critical OA publishing look like, if it BEGAN its formulation from the perspective of feminist, decolonial, anti-capitalist and transnational organising?”, I would like to sketch critical OA as a practice that moves beyond a liberal academic stance to actively develop a radical transnational and trans-epistemic ethic of resistance against capitalist, colonialist, and patriarchal domination.

Author Biography

Rebekka Kiesewetter holds a Lic. Phil. I (MA) in Art History, Economics and Modern History from the University of Zurich. Currently she is doing a PhD titled Open Access Publishing as a Contested Space at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC) at Coventry University (UK). She is a Research Associate and writing tutor at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (NL).