New book release

November 9, 2014

Ontological Catastrophe

In Ontological Catastrophe, Joseph Carew takes up the central question guiding Slavoj Žižek's philosophy: How could something like phenomenal reality emerge out of the meaninglessness of the Real? Carefully reconstructing and expanding upon his controversial reactualization of German Idealism, Carew argues that Žižek offers us an original, but perhaps terrifying, response: experience is possible only if we presuppose a prior moment of breakdown as the ontogenetic basis of subjectivity.

Celebrating Open Access Week with a new book series

October 20, 2014

Announcing Technographies

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are thrilled to announce a new open access book series, Technographies. Edited by Steven Connor, David Trotter and James Purdon, Technographies aims to encourage investigation of a wide variety of writing ‘about’ technology. Contributions are sought that will develop new, ambitious and scholarly approaches to technological mediation using the tools of literary criticism, theoretical elaboration, rhetoric, poetics, gender studies and queer theory, material culture, media archaeology, the history of science, and similar disciplines. To contribute to this series, please visit Technographies.

Announcing Minimal Ethics

September 21, 2014

Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene

The task of minimal ethics is to consider how humans can assume responsibility for various occurrences in the universe, across different scales, and how they can respond to the tangled mesh of connections and relations unfolding in it. Its goal is not so much to tell us how to live but rather to allow us to rethink “life” and what we can do with it, in whatever time we have left. The book embraces a speculative mode of thinking that is more akin to the artist’s method; it also includes a photographic project by the author.

25th Living Book released

July 4, 2014

Animal Experience

We are pleased to announce the publication of Animal Experience, the 25th book in our open access Living Books About Life series.

Edited by Leon Niemoczynski and Stephanie Theodorou, Animal Experience explores the nature and meaning of the emotional lives of nonhuman animals, focusing on how those lives are communicated to other living creatures (such as human beings) via affective states. Through a comprehensive selection of essays and videos from both science and philosophy, the editors re-examine how human beings interact with, and relate to, other living creatures that are capable of experiencing emotional lives.

New book release

June 7, 2014

Stolen Future, Broken Present

Nearly everything we do is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our present activities, is put into question. A disappearing future leads to a broken present, a strange incoherence in the feel of everyday life.

Announcing a new book series: Immediations

February 1, 2014

Edited by the SenseLab, the aim of the Immediations book series is to prolong the wonder sustaining philosophic thought into transdisciplinary encounters. Its premise is that concepts are for the enacting: they must be experienced. Thought is lived, else it expires. It is most intensely lived at the crossroads of practices, and in the in-between of individuals and their singular endeavors: enlivened in the weave of a relational fabric. Co-composition. To submit to this series, please visit Immediations.

Essays on Extinction

January 13, 2014

We're delighted to release two timely new volumes by Claire Colebrook in the Critical Climate Change series.

Death of the PostHuman: Essays on Extinction, Vol. 1

Death of the PostHuman undertakes a series of critical encounters with the legacy of what had come to be known as 'theory,' and its contemporary supposedly post-human aftermath. There can be no redemptive post-human future in which the myopia and anthropocentrism of the species finds an exit and manages to emerge with ecology and life. At the same time, what has come to be known as the human - despite its normative intensity - can provide neither foundation nor critical lever in the Anthropocene epoch. Death of the PostHuman argues for a twenty-first century deconstruction of ecological and seemingly post-human futures.

Sex After Life: Essays on Extinction, Vol. 2

Sex After Life aims to consider the various ways in which the concept of life has provided normative and moralizing ballast for queer, feminist and critical theories. Arguing against a notion of the queer as counter-normative, Sex After Life appeals to the concept of life as a philosophical problem. Life is neither a material ground nor a generative principle, but can nevertheless offer itself for new forms of problem formation that exceed the all too human logics of survival.

New year, new book!

January 1, 2014

Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age

C. Jon Delogu's Tocqueville and Democracy in the Internet Age is an introduction to Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) and his monumental two-volume study Democracy in America (1835, 1840) that pays particular attention to the critical conversation around Tocqueville and contemporary democracy. It attempts to help us think better about democracy, and also perhaps to live better, in the Internet Age.

New book release

December 3, 2013

Architecture in the Anthropocene

Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy, edited by Etienne Turpin, brings together a provocative series of essays, conversations, and design proposals that attempt to intensify the potential of the multidisciplinary discourse developing in response to the Anthropocene thesis for contemporary architecture scholarship and practice. Contributors include Nabil Ahmed, Meghan Archer, Adam Bobbette, Emily Cheng, Heather Davis, Sara Dean, Seth Denizen, Mark Dorrian, Elizabeth Grosz, Lisa Hirmer, Jane Hutton, Eleanor Kaufman, Amy Catania Kulper, Clinton Langevin, Michael C.C. Lin, Amy Norris, John Palmesino, Chester Rennie, François Roche, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Isabelle Stengers, Paulo Tavares, Etienne Turpin, Eyal Weizman, Jane Wolff, Guy Zimmerman.

New journals!

November 14 2013

This month, we're very happy to welcome three more Open Access journals to the OHP collective: Australian Humanities Review, Electronic Book Review, and Teknokultura. Like all the OHP journals, these have been chosen by OHP's Editorial Board for their outstanding contribution to scholarship.

Learn more about the journal selection process.

Book sprint creates Biomediaciones/Biomediations

November 2, 2013

Life as such doesn’t exist: it is always mediated by language, culture, technology and biology. It is these multiple mediations of life that form the theme of this liquid, living book, the sixth volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series. Biomediaciones/Biomediations was collaboratively speed-edited in three hours at the Living Books workshop at the Festival of New Media Art and Video Transitio_MX 05 BIOMEDIATIONS (Biomediaciones) in Mexico City, September 2013.

Authors/editors/curators: Itzbe Rodriguez, Fernanda Reyna Cervantes, Denise Viridiana Hernandez Villalva, Leticia Pena Gomez Portugal, Tania Tamayo Cendejas, Rael Albert Martinez Castellanos, Juan Carlos Lopez Morales, Luis Manuel Guzman Zirate, Alfonso Santiago I., Debora Quiroga Terrenos, Juan Pablo Anaya Arce, Paz Sastre, Pedro Garcia Moreno, Alejandro Ruiz Moralez, Angelica Amador Tenorio

Announcing the Fibreculture book series

September 23, 2013

cc-by-nc-nd 2.0 Samuel Huron

OHP and Fibreculture journal are pleased to announce a new book series in networked cultures. Edited by Andrew Murphie, the series encourages critical and speculative interventions in discussions concerning a wide range of topics of interest. These include: digital and networked media and communications; new niches and new ecologies of media; transversal critique; related forms of social organisation; new transdisciplinary impulses in media; new forms of social organisation; contemporary media arts; the transdisciplinary impacts of new media technologies and events in fields such as education, the biosciences, publishing or knowledge management. More...

OHP announces Feedback

July 1, 2013

Feedback — an Omnibus weblog

We're delighted to announce the launch of Feedback, a curated blog in critical and cultural theory. Founded by Henry Sussman, and co-edited with Jason Groves, Feedback publishes short critical interventions on a range of topics from cybernetic technology and media installations to global warming. The blog addresses ten main subject areas or "desks": Aesthetics, Comparative Media, Education, Film, Literature, New Ecologies, Performance, Science/Technology, Sexualities, Theory and Urbanities. The desks are each edited by scholars working at the interfaces of different disciplinary, institutional, and social territories and protocols. Read the call for papers.

Feedback is a project of OHP Labs, our new experimental space for exploring new forms of scholarly communication and developing future models of theoretically-informed critique.

Announcing Realist Magic

February 15, 2013

Realist Magic — by Timothy Morton

In Realist Magic, Timothy Morton explores what it means to say that a thing has come into being, that it is persisting, and that it has ended. Drawing from examples in physics, biology, ecology, art, literature and music, Morton demonstrates the counterintuitive yet elegant explanatory power of Object Oriented Ontology for thinking causality.

Celebrating Open Access Week with new books

16 October, 2012

In anticipation of Open Access Week this year (Oct. 22–28), we're delighted to release new books in our Critical Climate Change and New Metaphysics series

Terror, Theory and the Humanities — edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Uppinder Mehan

The events of September 11, 2001, have had a strong impact on theory and the humanities. They call for a new philosophy, as the old philosophy is inadequate to account for them. They also call for reflection on theory, philosophy, and the humanities in general. While the recent location and killing of Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, in Pakistan on May 2, 2011—almost ten years after he and his confederates carried out the 9/11 attacks—may have ended the “war on terror,” it has not ended the journey to understand what it means to be a theorist in the age of phobos nor the effort to create a new philosophy that measures up with life in the new millennium. It is in the spirit of hope—the hope that theory will help us to understand the age of terror—that the essays in this collection are presented.

New Materialism — by Rick Dolphijn and Iris van der Tuin

This book is the first monograph on the theme of “new materialism,” an emerging trend in 21st century thought that has already left its mark in such fields as philosophy, cultural theory, feminism, science studies, and the arts. The first part of the book contains elaborate interviews with some of the most prominent new materialist scholars of today: Rosi Braidotti, Manuel DeLanda, Karen Barad, and Quentin Meillassoux. The second part situates the new materialist tradition in contemporary thought by singling out its transversal methodology, its position on sexual differing, and by developing the ethical and political consequences of new materialism.

New Book Release

June 16, 2012

The Cultural Politics of the New American Studies by John Carlos Rowe

In The Cultural Politics of the New American Studies, John Carlos Rowe argues that the tradition of “cultural criticism” advocated by influential public intellectuals such as Edward Said can be adapted to the new circumstances demanded by the hegemony of neoliberalism and its successful command of new media. But this adaptation also requires we re-conceive of the role of the public intellectual - not simply as the “interdisciplinary scholar” but as a social critic able to negotiate the different media.

Theory in the Era of Critical Climate Change

15 May, 2012

We're delighted to release two new volumes in the Critical Climate Change series

Telemorphosis — edited by Tom Cohen

The writers in the volume ask, implicitly, how the 21st century horizons that exceed any political, economic, or conceptual models alters or redefines a series of key topoi. These range through figures of sexual difference, bioethics, care, species invasion, war, post-carbon thought, ecotechnics, time, and so on. As such, the volume is also a dossier on what metamorphoses await the legacies of “humanistic” thought in adapting to, or rethinking, the other materialities that impinge of contemporary “life as we know it.” With essays by Robert Markley, J. Hillis Miller, Bernard Stiegler, Justin Read, Timothy Clark, Claire Colebrook, Jason Groves, Joanna Zylinska, Catherine Malabou, Mike Hill, Martin McQuillan, Eduardo Cadava and Tom Cohen.

Impasses of the Post-Global — edited by Henry Sussman

The diverse materials comprising Impasses of the Post-Global take as their starting point an interrelated, if seemingly endless sequence of current ecological, demographic, socio-political, economic, and informational disasters. These include the contemporary discourses of deconstruction, climate change, ecological imbalance and despoilment, sustainability, security, economic bailout, auto-immunity, and globalization itself. With essays by James H. Bunn, Rey Chow, Bruce Clarke, Tom Cohen, Randy Martin, Yates McKee, Alberto Moreiras, Haun Saussy, Tian Song, Henry Sussman, Samuel Weber, Ewa P. Ziarek, and Kryzsztof Ziarek.