Gracchi Books aims to short-circuit the trend, especially in institutionalized “open-access” publishing, that seems to renew a pre-Third Estate situation investing those with exceptional means as the privileged voices to be heard. We seek to facilitate the free flow of critical thought and scholarly activities, from those who produce them to those who would like it, from within a selectively bold framework that ensures and demands rigorous, peer-reviewed scholarship.
Through the promotion of radical, innovative and experimental thought, dialogue, patterns of representation, methods of research, interpretive frames and forms of discourse entangled with serious scholarly, academic and collegial expectations and direction, we hope to topple the hoary trees of hierarchies and let research grow and disseminate rhizome-like, in all directions, with no beginnings, endings, constraints or priorities other than rigorous scholarship, critical reflection, novel intellectual propositions, and creative inspiration. We especially encourage the bold exploration of academic paths that have been otherwise closed by the patricians of the mind.
The Gracchi brothers, Tiberius and Gaius, were a pair of Roman aristocrats who served as tribunes of the plebs, the people, in the Roman Republic. They attempted to pass land reform legislation that would redistribute the elite landholdings among the plebeians. They were vehemently opposed by the Senate and their biological lives ended in tragedy, but their historical lives are re-actualized anew. Today, Gracchi Books takes knowledge and research from the hands of the colossus that was able to stand up only because all of us supported it with our work and makes them free and open for everyone.
Gracchi Books is entirely no-fees, open-access.