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Janneke Adema

Research Fellow

My Research Vision

My research focuses on the material-discursive practices of scholarly research and communication. In my work I critically analyse alternative models of scholarly communication, such as Open Access publishing, and living, liquid and remixed books, publishing experiments that try to challenge ideas of authorship, the fixed text, copyright and originality, as well as the system of material production surrounding the book. I try to engage with these new forms both in theory and in practice, where I perform my own research in an alternative, digital, and open way, by publishing it online as it develops, and by experimenting with different, remixed, multimodal and multiplatform versions of my work. In this way I want to rethink the way we do research and how we publish it to avoid uncritically repeating what have become our dominant scholarly practices.


Janneke Adema is a Research Fellow in Digital Media at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. She has conducted research for both the OAPEN Foundation and for the DOAB project. She is the author of amongst others the OAPEN report Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the HSS (2010) and the DOAB User Needs Analysis (2012). She has published in New Formations; The International Journal of Cultural Studies; New Media & Society; Cultural Studies; New Review of Academic Librarianship; Krisis. Journal for Contemporary Philosophy; Scholarly and Research Communication; and LOGOS. The Journal of the World Book Community, and she has co-edited a living book on Symbiosis together with Pete Woodbridge (Open Humanities Press, 2011). From 2010 until 2013 she has organised the Open Media Research Seminar Series at the School of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University. She is also one of the editors, together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Pete Woodbridge, of the Culture Machine Live podcast series.



  • OAPEN: The OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague.
  • DOAB: The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a discovery service for Open Access books.
  • OAPEN-NL: OAPEN NL was a 3-year project to gain experience with the Open Access publication of scientific books in the Netherlands.
  • Living Books About Life : Funded by JISC, this is a sustainable series of electronic open access books about life - with life understood both philosophically and biologically - which provides a bridge between the humanities and the sciences.
  • Culture Machine Live: 
A series of podcasts as a joint project between Culture Machine, Coventry University and Kings College, University of London.
  • Open Media Seminar Series: A series of research seminars at Coventry University on the theme of openness in media in all its forms.
  • The website is the online hub for the digital remixes of many of the theories generated in the print book by Mark Amerika and features the work of artists, creative writers and scholars for whom the practice and theory of remix art is central to their research interests.