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Reviving and regenerating the traditions and values of university press publishing

Taking advantage of digital technologies and experimenting with the many attractions of print, Goldsmiths Press seeks to revive and regenerate the traditions of academic publishing. Our aim is to create a new culture around academic knowledge practices, one that is more innovative and less constrained than it is now. About Goldsmiths Press

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Goldsmiths Press response to Covid-19

Goldsmiths Press is commissioning opinion pieces, essays and speculative writing from UK and international scholars that reflect on the current pandemic from the perspective of social, economic and environmental justice.

In addition to analyses of our present situation, we encourage authors to engage with and develop the prevailing sentiment that, post-Covid-19, we cannot and should not return to "life as we know it". What might a different future look like? Contributions will be published open access (free to publish and free to read) on the Goldsmiths Press website and on The Commonplace (a publication of the Knowledge Futures Group). More information here 

Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing

In Glitterworlds, Rebecca Coleman examines this ubiquity of glitter, following it as it moves across different popular cultural worlds and exploring its effect on understandings and experiences of gender, sexuality, class and race.

"Girly, frivolous and polluting, glitter sticks, spreads and lingers, adding sparkle to where there is none. Dazzling and enchanting, Glitterworlds does full justice to its ambiguous subject by diving deep into the vibrancy and political potentiality of glitter as it transforms worlds by moving between them. After reading this, glitter is not the same."

Susanna Paasonen, Professor of Media Studies, University of Turku

Published April 2020

More information on the Glitterworlds page.

The Presence Project

The influential Presence Project brought together an international group of collaborators in 2001 to investigate how technology can be used to increase the presence of older people in their local communities. This became a groundbreaking project for practice-based design research, exploring approaches and methods that have resonated since.

With a new preface by Bill Gaver and an introduction by Phoebe Sengers, this reissue of The Presence Project gives readers a glimpse into the thinking behind this influential project and ideas about how to bring it to bear on today's design problems.

Published April 2020

More information on The Presence Project page.

Notes Made While Falling

Notes Made While Falling

Jenn Ashworth's memoir and cultural study, Notes Made While Falling, is out now!

Offering a visceral and idiosyncratic perspective on spirituality, illness, and the limits of fiction itself, it is at heart the story of a disastrously traumatic childbirth, its long aftermath, and the out-of-time roots of both trauma and creativity in an extraordinary childhood.

"This exceptional book cracks open the complexity of human experience, exploring how to live and inhabit a body in the aftermath of trauma and loss. Ashworth expertly weaves the broader world into her story, threading art, writing, philosophy and history, from Dickens to Mantel, Freud to Anne Boyer. Notes Made While Falling is an evocative and profound meditation on living, art and survival."

Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations   

More information on the Notes Made While Falling page. 

Explore fiction at its most novel with the Goldsmiths Prize app

The shortlist for the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced!  Keep up to date with the Goldsmiths Prize app.  Celebrating the winners and shortlistees of this prestigious literary award the app takes you beyond the page and explores the broader tradition of inventive and experimental fiction. Download for free from the App Store.

Can Markets Solve Problems?

The next title in our PERC series is out now!

Can Markets Solve Problems? offers the first book-length STS enquiry into markets and public problems. Weaving together rich empirical descriptions and conceptual discussions, the book provides in-depth insights into the workings of these markets, their continuous evolution, and the consequences.

More information on the Can Markets Solve Problems? page.

I Hate the Lake District

I Hate the Lake District is now out!

"Charlie Gere has managed to find the perfect viewpoint from which to overlook who we are, what surrounds us, and how we can stop getting both these things so consistently wrong. I Hate the Lake District is significant, witty and amazingly ambitious."

Toby Litt, author of Wrestliana, Corpsing and Patience

In our second autumn title, Charlie Gere challenges the bourgeois pastoralism of nature writing; exposing the landscape of the North West as profoundly unnatural and strange. More details on the I Hate the Lake District page.

Six Concepts for the End of the World

Steve Beard's navigational aid to the apocalypse, Six Concepts for the End of the World, is out now!

"To say that Beard is number one in a field of one is ridiculous: he digs the soil and plants the field anew as you read the book, word by word, idea by idea. His merging of fact and fiction teases new understandings from the most basic of human fears: how will this story come to an end? But in his hands the final days are seen not as a vision of despair, but as the last and greatest adventure of the imagination."

Jeff Noon, author of A Man of Shadows, The Body Library, and V

More information on Six Concepts for the End of the World page.


Critical Issues in Open Access and Scholarly Communications

The Critical Issues in Open Access and Scholarly Communications confernce, held at Goldsmiths on Friday, 24 May, aimed to widen the dialogue on open access books, while examining the implications of UK policy for research culture and values, the future of scholarly publishing and for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It also offered reflections on the most recent findings from the Universities UK open access reports and provided a platform for gathering additional evidence and feedback from across the university sector. Full information on the conference can be found on the event page.

Cycling and Cinema

Cycling and Cinema explores the history of the bicycle in cinema from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Author Bruce Bennett examines a wide variety of films from around the world, ranging from Hollywood blockbusters and slapstick comedies to documentaries, realist dramas, and experimental films, to consider the complex, shifting cultural significance of the bicycle. More details on the Cycling and Cinema page.

The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 sees the release of our first novel, The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong, by Michael Cawood Green.

'In The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong, reader, researcher and subject hunt and haunt each other through a collage of closely reticulated histories, fictions, autofictions and reflections.' Jenn Ashworth 

More details on The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong page.

The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist

We're pleased to announce that our first autumn title, The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist, is now available.

Through original archival research and access to FBI blacklist documents, The Broadcast 41 details the blacklisted women’s attempts in the 1930s and 1940s to depict America as diverse, complicated, and inclusive. The book tells a story about what happens when non-male, non-white perspectives are excluded from media industries, and it imagines what the new medium of television might have looked like had dissenting viewpoints not been eliminated at such a formative moment. More details on The Broadcast 41 page.

Goldsmiths Prize 2018 Shortlist Announced

The full Goldsmiths Prize shortlist has been announced and features on The Goldsmiths Prize app.

The app celebrates the winners and shortlistees of the prestigious literary award and explores the broader tradition of experimental and inventive fiction in which writers make full use of the novel genre's near limitless resources and possibilities. More information on the Goldsmiths Prize App page.

'How many times have you heard people say “It's like Black Mirror isn’t it”?’

Will Davies discussed Economic Science Fictions, dystopia, utopia and speculative politics with James Butler on the Novara podcast. Visit the Novara Media website for the full show.

Economic Science Fictions

Economic Science Fictions has appeared across a range of media, including an extensive review in the New Socialist and a feature in The Quietus that draws upon the inspiration of Mark Fisher.

William Davies’s introduction was excerpted in Red Pepper, and Ha-Joon Chang’s contribution, 'Economics, Science Fiction, History and Comparative Studies' will be published in this summer's New HumanistWilliam also appeared on Radio 4’s Thinking Aloud, and the InterchangePolitics Theory Other and Media Democracy podcasts.