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Resilience Through Publishing as a Systemic Practice: The Occasional Press

Format: Papers, RSD12, RSD12 Papers Pre-release, Topic: Cases & Practice, Topic: Culture & Society

Katherine Gillieson and Howsem Huang

This paper discusses the work of the Occasional Press, a publishing initiative at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, as a relational systemic practice. It begins with conceptual underpinnings and how publishing networks can be seen to build resilient networks, both locally and globally. Working through founding principles prioritising accessibility, sustainability, and a pluriversal mandate (Escobar, 2018), the Press is shown to foreground diverse perspectives at Emily Carr and, more broadly, conscious of its locale on unceded territory. Publishing, from normative to more critical forms, is discussed as a complex systemic practice involving many actors, flows, and feedback loops (Meadows, 2008). Dimensions of publication design, including the physical/digital, temporal, and socio-cultural, are considered, shedding light on its power as a systemic tool. A discussion of key projects includes the flagship Occasional Papers and a detailed account of its most recent project, Bittersweet. Here, Howsem Huang examines Chinese diasporic identity through self-publishing and the networks emerging through the creative process, in which readers, publishers, and other active producers create a positive feedback loop (Ludovico, 2012). This discussion of the Press’ ongoing experiments in agile and open-access publishing provides insights into publishing as a contextual, responsive and ethical systemic practice.

KEYWORDS: Publication Design; Systems and Networks; Pluriversal Design; Social Justice; Diasporic community; Sustainability; Resilience

RSD TOPIC(S): Cases & Practice, Society & Culture

 

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Citation Data

Author(s): Katherine Gillieson and Howsem Huang
Year: 2023
Title: Resilience Through Publishing as a Systemic Practice: The Occasional Press
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/publishing-as-systemic-practice
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

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