Words to Walk the Earth

Heredad is an editorial project dedicated to publishing books on art, history, philosophy and community work. We are organized as a cooperative sustained in voluntary contributions by a group of university professors, artists, researchers, activists and social workers that have sustained a long-term relationship with violent contexts in Mexico and other countries. Our books celebrate the beauty of the world, collect experiences in defense of life and nourish reflections on the construction of a more just society.

Currently Heredad has three collections:

  1. Andares is dedicated to protecting, disseminating and celebrating artistic and cultural manifestations of resistance that stand up and confront violence.

  2. Voces y miradas brings together historical research and philosophical reflections from around the world that are shaped by a commitment to the defense of life.

  3. Testigos offers fictions and first-person narratives of dignity that we see important in current discussions about collective memory around the world.

Our first four books were in press when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Their titles were Vida que resurge en las orillas. Experiencias del Taller Mujeres Arte y Política en Ecatepec (Life that resurfaces on the shores. Experiences of the Womens, Arts and Politics Workshop from Ecatepec), which brings together ten years of experiences of one of the most important groups fighting against gender violence in  Mexico's most dangerous neighbourhood; Cartas a la primavera (Letters to Spring), a collection of photographs and texts by Shantí Vera, one of Mexico's most important dancers, that were made to commemorate Shanti's sister, the human rights defender Nadia Vera, who was murdered in 2015; Nuevos estudios sobre genocidio (New Studies on Genocide), a new version of a classic book by  Argentinian scholar Daniel Feierstein that was fundamental in the trials against the military forces that sustained the dictatorship in Argentina; and La senda del corazón. Sabiduría de los pueblos indígenas de Norteamérica (The Path of the Heart. Wisdom of the indigenous peoples of North America), a travel diary of the Amazonian poet Pedro Favaron and his encounters with First Nation intellectuals from the United States and Canada.

Today Heredad has those four books in press and three more in preparation. These include Silvana Rabinovich's La Biblia y el dron, a theological and philosophical critique of the uses and misuses of the Bible in the political discourse of Israel, a collection of non-published texts on Mexico by the Russian revolutionary Victor Serge, and Francesca Gargalo's La Madre Tierra, a series of three novels on extractivism and the protection of seeds. Heredad also provides free editorial services in community processes and has already done two books to help activists and social workers working with children in the recent upheavals in Chile.

Currently Heredad is also preparing its distribution strategy and making agreements with authors to release most of these books in open access format.