Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities


I am very pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing: ‘Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities’, edited by Gary Hall and myself. This special issue consists of a selection of video-articles by contributors including Mark Amerika, Monika Bakke, Endre Dányi, Johanna Drucker, Lesley Gourlay, Sarah Kember, Silvio Lorusso, Erin Manning, Niamh Moore, Karen Newman, SØren Pold, Craig Saper, and Iris van der Tuin, and is divided into 3 sections:



You can find this special issue (all papers are open access, CC-BY) here:




This special issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing has been based on ‘Disrupting the Humanities’, a series of seminars that explored research and scholarship in a ‘posthumanities’ context, organised by the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. Disrupting the Humanities both critically engaged with the humanist legacy of the humanities, and creatively explored alternative and affirmative possible futures for the humanities. This series was accompanied by a wiki which is still available here: http://disruptivemedia.org.uk/wiki/

Gary Hall and I have written an introduction article accompany this special issue: ‘Posthumanities: The Dark Side of “The Dark Side of the Digital”’, which details the conceptual premises underlying both the Disrupting the Humanities seminar series and this special issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing, and engages with various discourses around the disruptive humanities, the digital humanities, the posthuman humanities and critical/political humanities. It also outlines the experimental way in which we have conducted the seminars and edited the videos, and introduces and puts into context the individual video-articles. Our introduction is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0019.201 It is accompanied by a video, edited by George Otelea, which you can find above this post.

Please find a table of contents for this special issue underneath.

Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities

The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP)

Volume 19, No. 2 winter 2016

Edited by Janneke Adema and Gary Hall


  1. Maria Bonn, A Note From JEP
  1. Janneke Adema and Gary Hall, Posthumanities: The Dark Side of “The Dark Side of the Digital”


PART ONE – Creating Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Methodologies

Part one of Disrupting the Humanities consists of a radical exploration of new posthumanist methodologies that take into account the agency of technologies and other non-human actants involved in modern forms of knowledge production.

  1. Monika Bakke, Deep Time Environments: Art And The Materiality Of Life Beyond The Human
  1. Lesley Gourlay, Posthuman Texts: Nonhuman Actors, Mediators and Technologies of Inscription
  1. Niamh Moore, “Humanist” Methods in a “More-than-Human” World
  1. Iris van der Tuin, Reading Diffractive Reading: Where and When Does Diffraction Happen?


PART TWO – Performing Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Aesthetics

Part two looks at the ways in which research is mediated and performed. It focuses on a reconsideration of the aesthetics of scholarship, including the “aesthetics of bookishness.” In doing so it investigates the potential of more post-digital, hybrid and multimodal forms of knowledge creation.

  1. Erin Manning, 10 Propositions for Research-Creation
  1. SØren Pold, Ink After Print: Literary Interface Criticism
  1. Johanna Drucker, Diagrammatic Form and Performative Materiality
  1. Silvio Lorusso, The Post-Digital Publishing Archive: An Inventory of Speculative Strategies


PART THREE – Circulating Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Institutions

Part three of Disrupting the Humanities provides a critical examination of how research is disseminated and shared, be it via publication to peers or to students in a pedagogical setting, adopting practices of radical openness and experimentation to challenge the normative and often print-based (neo)liberal humanist assumptions of how scholars in the humanities communicate.

  1. Sarah Kember, At Risk? The Humanities and the Future of Academic Publishing
  1. Endre Dányi, Samizdat Lessons: Three Dimensions of the Politics of Self-Publishing
  1. Craig Saper, Disrupting Scholarship
  1. Mark Amerika, Glitch Ontology (A Video Performance)
  1. Karen Newman, The West Midlands as an ‘Electronic Super Highway’: BOM and the Emergence of New Art Infrastructures

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