We, the founding editors, are two academics forged by PhDs in Britain, yet neither of us is there considered British. We, along with the board members, come from different places and situations on the globe, and disparate linguistic, ontological and other backgrounds. Despite the contrasts in our respective formations and experiences we have emerged and hold communal ideals that transcend national frameworks, that float unnamed and Real in a world context that is urgently and emotively tied to our locale and all locales, recreating the neighborhood and challenging capital as a particular and historical process by creating a parallel world option. This is us, in an un-rooted, shattered nutshell, an object united in its fragmented memories, representation and shared space. This named but not nominated collectivity is the core of the body best suited for a post-national and open/minded project such as Gracchi Books.
Gracchi Books is an imprint of Punctum Books, originally founded in New York in 2011, and with editorial offices in Santa Barbara (USA) and The Hague (Netherlands). Punctum is an independent, not-for-profit, public benefit, 501(c)(3) corporation registered in Santa Barbara, California. It is an open-access publisher dedicated to radically creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanities assemblage (in which assemblage you will find humanists keeping rowdy and thought-provoking company with social scientists, scientists, multi/media specialists, artists, architects, and designers). Punctum has a special fondness for neo-traditional and unconventional scholarly work that productively twists and/or ignores academic norms, with a special emphasis on books that fall length-wise between the article and the monograph—id est, novellas, in one sense or another. Punctum also takes in strays of any variety. This is a space for the imp-orphans of your thought and pen, an ale-serving church for little vagabonds.
Gracchi Books is affiliated also with Networks and Neighbours (N&N), an international research project dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. To this end, N&N runs symposia, conferences and other events, publishes essays and reviews, and, with Gracchi, books and editions. N&N is entirely no-fees Open-Access, non-profit and all events, programs and series that it runs and sponsors are free of charge. N&N is constituted by scholars from around the globe. It encourages participation from diverse perspectives and institutional frameworks, and strives for a complementing collection of advanced students, junior researchers and senior academics in dialogue freely and openly, without barriers – whether territorial, linguistic, national, or other.
Michael J. Kelly, Binghamton University-SUNY
Catalin Taranu, University of Bucharest
Emily Abbey, University of Leeds
Joan Copjec, Brown University
Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn
Stefan Esders, Free University of Berlin
Luciano Gallinari, CNR – Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea
Alaric Hall, University of Leeds
S. J. Main, Tica Productions – Los Angeles
Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds
Alenka Zupančič, Filozofski inštitut (Institute of Philosophy), Ljubljana, Slovenia