No University Press

          An un-academic press
          for academia.

We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. The notion of a rehearsal—being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory—there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it “study” is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present.

            Fred Moten & Stefano Harney
             The Undercommons (2013)

 Further announcements to follow.
 The editors are actively seeking
 partnerships & collaborators;
 NoUP will be open for submissions
 later in 2022. 

A new imprint from Tenement Press, No University Press (NoUP) will exist as both an open, digital library and print publisher, striving to make argumentative works widely available. Concentrating on collaboration and cooperation in lieu of peer review, the press will advocate a fair remuneration for its authors, and consider the pace (and place) of publication as an (unerringly) collaborative process. NoUP will publish paperbacks that contest and undermine the price point that render academic works unavailable to a general reader. We will make those books internationally available, with short production cycles and rapid distribution, and counter the belatedness typically associated with academic publishing through active co-work and co-editorship.

We seek work in any field, so long as it is also work that strives beyond its field. We seek work that represents the ideas, the meanings of institutionalities gone awry. Emergent work on emergency. Enthusiastic inter- and postdisciplinarity that works beyond the policies of enclosure that define and underwrite the mission of academic publishing. Products of enthusiasm that argue with that enthusiasm. Works riddled by the dynamics of doubt. Work that exists without the pressure of affiliation. A refusal of the adjunct, the subordinate, the sense of structural dispensability that saddles a monograph. Positive work. Peripheral works. Minor works on minor authors. Furious, engaged works. Cross analyses of fury. Quick work. Slow work. New work. Old work. Invested work. Political work. Porous work. Short work, characterized by openness and incompletions that remain avenues of entry to the uninitiated reader, reopening unhealed scars of patched up conclusions to unhealable disagreements. Collaborative and cooperative work. Open work. Tangled work. A disciplinary bleed.

We are interested in critical work from all angles and positions, but especially that which has been spat out of the academic arts, humanities, and social sciences. If you read this in an academic purview, in possession of the institutional credentials of the academic humanities in a PhD, we think we can guess what you’re thinking in respect of that part of your life. You find it hard to say that studying a PhD was absolutely the best use of the years it took to see it through, but you also recognize its immense formative personal importance. It’s something on which your thoughts are ambiguous, oscillatory; never simply positive, never generally negative. Relative to the academic positions for which they provide vocational training, there is a surplus of arts and humanities PhDs, both funded (some) and unfunded (many). The result is a heady competitiveness uncongenial to the slow, circuitous work of critical understanding. Innovation is expended in the name of self-promotion in an intensely competitive job market, creativity is squandered when it is devoted to seeking research funding via a model which renders the process of intellectual development competitive at its most fetal stage. The aptest analogy for the arbitrary crap-shoot of applying for grants and fellowships is a nest of creatures, whose eggs hatch in the thousands, the colossal majority of which being destined for fish-food.

Amongst the work that is lost to a readership because it does not survive all these processes of institutionalization, we are convinced that brilliance of all forms is to be found, and only by stripping away layers of institutionality will that work reach a readership. We seek work in any field so long as it is also work that strives beyond its field. We seek work from both within and outside of the academy that represents the ideas, the processes, the meanings of institutionalities gone awry. Work from within the academy that draws away from its enclosures and institutionalities at every moment, in every line, and work from without the academy that might tempt academicians to stray.

Please address all correspondence and general enquiries to
no.university.press@gmail.com / editors@tenementpress.com

NoUP is edited and managed
by Benjamin Pickford, Dominic Jaeckle
and Alexandra Dias Fortes.


Found photographs,
courtesy of editor Samuel Kilcoyne
of Augenblick
(see here).