2010s: The Digital, Nonhuman Turn, Anthropocene, Indigeneities


Center Newsletter: Fall 2010

Richard Grusin, September 24, 2010
Lecture: “The Future of 21st Century Studies”

Conference: Embodied Placemaking in Urban Public Spaces I, October 8, 2010
Arijit Sen, Lisa Silverman, Swati Chattopadhyay, Karen E. Till, Charlotte Fonrobert, Jennifer Cousineau, James Rojas, Joseph Sciorra

Jussi Parikka, October 21, 2010
Lecture: Media Archaeology as Zombie Media Research

Arun Saldanha, November 5, 2010
Lecture: A Tear in the Fabric of Time: the Immediate Impact of Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s Itinerario

Paula Massood, November 11, 2010
Lecture: Harlem and Visual Culture

Arthur Kleinman, M.D., December 10, 2010
Lecture: Deep China: A Reprise

Symposium: Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century, February 4, 2011
Laura DeNardis, Sandra Braman, Richard Grusin

Conference: [Ø] [zerospace], February 18, 2011
Matthew Burtner, Interactive Media Research Group/IMRG (UVA), Chris Chafe, Scott Deal

Catherine Malabou, February 26, 2011
MIGC Keynote: Plasticity in between Paranoia and Schizophrenia

Heather Love, February 25, 2011
MIGC Keynote: Sticking Together

Jacalyn Harden, March 4, 2011
Lecture: 21st Century Wish Dreams: Seattle, Detroit, and the Recalcitrant Anthropologist

Lauren Berlant, April 1, 2011
Lecture: The Desire for the Political

Paolo Ruffino, April 12, 2011
Screening: IOCOSE: The Future is a Reconstruction

Anna Vemer Andrzejewski, April 22, 2011
Lecture: Midwestern Modernism: “Wrightification” and Domestic Architecture in Madison, Wisconsin, 1930-1970

Conference: Embodied Placemaking in Urban Public Spaces II, April 29, 2011
Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Kate Kramer, Rachel Breunlin, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Emanuela Guano, Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, Carl Nightingale, Janet Zweig


Jonathan Flatley, September 30, 2011
Lecture: Black Leninism; Or, Newspapers and Revolutionary Attunement from Lenin to the League of Revolutionary Black Workers

Donald Pease, October 4, 2011
Lecture: Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies

Ursula Heise, October 7, 2011
Lecture: Terminal Species: Narrative, Database, and Biodiversity Loss

Jane Taylor, October 21, 2011

Richard Rogers, November 2, 2011
Lecture: The End of the Virtual: Digital Methods

Thomas Dale, November 18, 2011
Lecture: Romanesque Sculpture, the Body, the Senses, and Religious Experience

Daniel Kleinman, December 2, 2011
Lecture: Uneven Commercialization: Contradiction and Conflict in the Identity and Practices of American Universities

Center Newsletter: Winter 2011

Frieda Knobloch, February 10, 2012
Lecture: Remaking Environmental Studies: Excavating Bedrock and Creating Formations

Siobhan Somerville, February 24, 2012
MIGC Keynote: Unsettling Citizenship: Queer Indigenous Studies, U.S. Empire, and the Racial State

Kathryn Stockton, February 24, 2012
MIGC Keynote: Kid Orientalism: How a Global Future for Child Sexuality is Now Surfacing

Eric Hayot, March 1, 2012
Lecture: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century: Literary History After European Time

Timothy Lenoir, March 30, 2012
Lecture: Premediating Neurofutures: Brain-Machine Interfaces and the New New Media

Symposium: Pre-Occupy, April 13, 2012
George Ciccariello-Maher, Joshua Clover, Dan S. Wang

Conference: The Nonhuman Turn, May 3 – Saturday, May 5, 2012
Jane Bennett, Ian Bogost, Wendy Chun, Mark Hansen, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Tim Morton, Steven Shaviro


David Redlawsk, October 12, 2012
Lecture: Rationality: An Overrated Part of Decision Making?

Jodi Dean, October 26, 2012
Lecture: The Communist Horizon

Jack Halberstam, February 15, 2013
MIGC Keynote: No Church in the Wild: Anarchy, Failure and Chaos

Artist Talk: Steve Rowell, September 7, 2013

Donna Jones, March 1, 2013
Lecture: The Speculative Turn: Science Fiction and the State of the Novel Form

Nouri Gana, March 29, 2013
Lecture: Specters of Arabness

Christine Evans, Caitjan Gainty, Shelleen Greene, April 3, 2013
Conversation: What Does Television Do in the 21st Century?

Derek Mueller, April 4, 2013
Workshop: Chronos, Chronos Again: Composing Media-Rich Timelines with Timeline JS

Symposium: Contested Ecologies: The Promises and Perils of Transdisciplinarity, April 5, 2013
Tim Ehlinger, Karen Grattan, Ryan Holifield, T. S. McMillin, Morgan Robertson, Manu P. Sobti

Matthew Jockers, April 18, 2013
Lecture: Around the World in 3,500 Novels

Matthew Jockers, April 19, 2013
Workshop: Text Analysis and Topic Modeling in the Humanities

Conference: The Dark Side of the Digital, May 2-4, 2013
Sandra Braman, Micha Cárdenas, Julie Cohen, Greg Elmer, Lisa Nakamura, Rita Raley, McKenzie Wark, Andrew Norman Wilson


Cannon Schmitt, September 27, 2013
Lecture: Technical Maturity in Robert Louis Stevenson

José van Dijck, October 11, 2013
Lecture: Social Media and the Culture of Connectivity

Robert Markley, October 18, 2013
Lecture: Mapping the Great Lakes: Computational Analysis and Climate History, 1680-1850

Irene Klaver, November 1, 2013
Lecture: Meander Model Meme: River as Bridge

Paul Edwards, November 7, 2013
Lecture: Code, Community, and Trust in Climate Science

Ian Baucom, February 7, 2014
Lecture: Postcolonial Method and Anthropocene Time

Mel Y. Chen, February 21, 2014
MIGC Keynote: Temporal Politics, Scholarship, and the Protean “Posthuman”

Jonathan Freedman, March 7, 2014
Lecture: The Figural Jew and the Undecidability of Art: From Sartre to Proust to the Coen Brothers and Back Again

Stefan Helmreich, April 4, 2014
Lecture: The Water Next Time: Changing Wavescapes in the Anthropocene

Conference: Anthropocene Feminism, April 10-12, 2014
Stacy Alaimo, Claire Colebrook, Myra J. Hird, Natalie Jeremijenko, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Juliana Spahr

Chris Newfield, April 24, 2014
Lecture: The Humanities in the Post-Capitalist University


Paul Jay, September 26, 2014
Lecture: Critical Humanism and the Literary Futures Market

Symposium: Counting DH Scholarship, October 20, 2014
Jon McKenzie, Cheryl Ball, T. Mills Kelly

Wendy Brown, October 24, 2014
Lecture: Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism and Political Life

D. Fox Harrell, November 7, 2014
Lecture: Phantasmal Media Poetics: Computing and Imagination for Expressing Humanistic Critical Inquiry

Eleana Kim, November 14, 2014
Lecture: Militarized Flyways: Migratory Birds and Transnational Choreographies of Endangerment

Joe Austin, Elana Levine, Mark Vareschi, November 21, 2014
Discussion: Doing Digital History
MLA Subconference Organizing Committee
Presentation: Competing Utopias and Class Composition

Tom Gunning, December 5, 2014
Lecture: Cinema of Digits: The Elusive Touch, the Evasive Grasp, the Open Gesture

EmergentC21 Discussion: #BlackLivesMatterUWMKE: What Should We Do?, January 30, 2015
Jeremy Triblett, Angela Walker, Khalil Coleman, Jayme Montgomery Baker, Anne Bonds, Rob Smith, and Monique I. Liston

Jake Kosek, February 6, 2015
Lecture: Homo-Apians: A Critical Natural History of the Modern Honeybee

Janice Radway, February 13, 2015
Lecture: Riot Grrrl History, Underground Itineraries and Girl Zine Networks: Unruly Subjects in the 1990s and Beyond

Lauren Berlant & Lee Edelman, February 20, 2015
MIGC Keynote: The Unbearable: A Postscript

Kavita Philip, March 6, 2015
Lecture: Pirate Copying, Jugaad Economics: Postcolonial Technologies and Developmental Leapfrogging

Etienne Benson, March 27, 2015
Lecture: The Environment: Pasts and Futures of an All-Encompassing Idea

Matthew Kirschenbaum, April 17, 2015
Lecture: Sand Tables: A Granular History of a Speculative Form

Conference: After Extinction, April 30 – May 2, 2015
Daryl Baldwin, Claire Colebrook, William Connolly, Joseph Masco, Cary Wolfe, Joanna Zylinska


Siobhan Senier, December 11, 2015
Lecture: Indigenizing Wikipedia: Expanding the Presence of Native Authors on the World’s Largest Encyclopedia

Kimberly Blaeser, October 17, 2015
Reading & Talk: Gesture and Silence in Poetry of Place

Caroline Seymour-Jorn, October 29, 2015
Presentation: Social Justice Activism Among Muslims in Milwaukee

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, November 20, 2015
Lecture: Bagijiganan: Anishinaabe Ethics in Native Studies

Reading: Stephen Graham Jones, February 12, 2016

Levi Bryant, February 19, 2016
MIGC Keynote: The Interior of Things

Nick Montfort, February 20, 2016
Workshop: Exploratory Programming Workshop

EmergentC21 Forum: Becoming and Being a Refugee, April 1, 2016
Chia Vang, Omar Mohamed, Kalyani Rai, Mette Brogden, Anwar Sallumi, Barb Graham, Patrick Thein, Tammie Xion

Gloria Kim, April 22, 2016
Lecture: The Raw and the Pre-Cooked: Processing Raw Data in Preemptive Data Visualization

Conference: Landbody: Indigeneity’s Radical Commitments, May 5-7, 2016
Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Jolene Rickard, Audra Simpson, Kim TallBear, and Gerald Vizenor


Brian Price, September 16, 2016
Lecture: Regret and Remake

EmergentC21 Lecture: Jacqueline Stevens, October 28, 2016
Lecture: “Saying NO to Military Power in a University”

Thomas Dumm, December 2, 2016
Lecture: “I Would Prefer Not To”: Bartleby, Neo-liberalism, and the Great Refusal

Cindi Katz, January 27, 2017
Lecture: Refusing Mastery: The Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute as Minor Theory

Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC), February 16-17, 2017

Jason W. Moore, February 17, 2017
MIGC Keynote: “Expulsions, Inclusions, and the Double Valence of Violent Abstraction: How Modernity Works Through Nature to Accumulate Capital and Destroy Lives”

Margaret Rhee, February 18, 2017
Workshop: “Kaleidoscope Thinking: On Graduate Reflection, Body, and Writing”

Catherine Lutz, February 24, 2017
Lecture: Getting to No in War

Camille Robcis, March 10, 2017
Lecture: The Politics of the Psyche

Rebekah Sheldon, March 30, 2017
Lecture: When Life Says No: Sterility Apocalypses and Queer Ecopessimism

EmergentC21 Forum: The Visa Promise, March 31, 2017
Arijit Sen, Rachel Buff, Anna Mansson McGinty, Dav Odrcic, Kristin Sziarto

Conference: The Big No, April 27-29, 2017
Joshua Clover, Katerina Kolozova, François Laruelle, Ariana Reines, and Frank B. Wilderson III


Theme: In the Eschaton

Erick Felinto, November 10, 2017
Lecture: Vilém Flusser’s “Philosophical Fiction”: Science, Creativity and the Encounter with Radical Otherness

Discussion: The End is All Around Us, November 30, 2017
Richard Leson, Gerry Canavan, Brittany Pladek

Race and Free Speech on Campus: Then and Now, February 9, 2018
Angela Lang, Carolyn Rouse, Rob Smith, Johnny Eric Williams

Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, February 16-17, 2018
Theme: “Asymmetry”

Lisa Parks, February 16, 2018
MIGC Keynote: Asymmetries of the Vertical: Mediating the War on Terror from 9/11 to Trump

Geoffrey Stone, March 7, 2018
Lecture: Is Campus Protest Protected Speech?

Local-Digital-Public Community Roundtable, April 3, 2018
Camille Mays and Christie Melby-Gibbons

Julia Adeney Thomas, April 5, 2018
Lecture: The “Human” in History and Biology

Social Media and Academic Freedom, April 13, 2018
George Ciccariello-Maher, Steve Salaita

Suzanne Leonard, April 20, 2018
Lecture: Rethinking the 21st Century “Wife-Cycle”

Gabriel Menotti, April 20, 2018
Lecture: 3D Replication Technologies: Digital Artifacts for the Radical Mediation of History

Allison McCracken, April 27, 2018
Lecture: America’s First Pop Idol: The Rise and Fall of Rudy Vallée

Leon Neyfakh, April 27, 2018
Lecture: Slow Burn: A Conversation About Impeachment, the Presidency, and Podcasting

Arts and Belonging Among Muslims in Milwaukee, May 2, 2018
Panel: Muslim Milwaukee Collaboratory

Ends of Cinema, May 3-5, 2018
Caetlin Benson-Allott, James Leo Cahill, Francesco Casetti, Mary Ann Doane, André Gaudreault, Michael Gillespie, Jean Ma, Amy Villarejo


Sharon Marcus, September 28, 2018
Discussion: The Drama of Celebrity: Imitation

N. Katherine Hayles, October 5, 2018
Lecture: Computer Cognition: A Cyber/Bio/Semiotic Perspective

Patricia and Dae Mellencamp, October 25, 2018
Celebrating the Patricia Mellencamp Founding Collection: Archiving Moving Images: From 16mm to Vimeo

50th Anniversary Symposium: Remembering the Center for 20th Century Studies, October 26, 2018
Amelie Hastie, Andreas Huyssen, Tara McPherson, Patricia Mellencamp, Gary Weissman, Kathleen Woodward, Dick Blau, Greg Jay, Robin Pickering-Iazzi

All Derangements, Great and Small: A Roundtable Discussion with Amitav Ghosh, November 2, 2018
Amitav Ghosh, Richard Grusin, Arijit Sen, Jasmine Alinder, Rina Ghose, Anne Bonds

Roundtable Discussion: Popular Feminisms, November 7, 2018
Kristen Warner and Jessalynn Keller, Moderated by Elana Levine

Jane Gallop, February 1, 2019
Book Lecture: Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus

Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC), February 15-16, 2019
Theme: Artifice

Power and Gendered Labor in the Academy, March 8, 2019
Symposium: Carole Stabile (Keynote), Rachel Buff, Renee Calkins, Cary Costello, Xin Huang, and Joyce Latham

Salam Yousry: Milwaukee Choir Project, March 9, 2019
Muslim Milwaukee Project Collaboratory Special Performance

Nicholas Mirzoeff, March 29, 2019
Lecture: The World of Statues: Mobility, Whiteness and the Infrastructures of Race

Bending the Archive: Zines, Archiving, and the Digital Humanities, April 5, 2019
Panel Discussion: Jenna Freedman, Milo Miller, and Lane Hall

Dan Kaufman, April 10, 2019
Lecture: The Fall of Wisconsin: The Legacy of Divide-and-Conquer Politics and the Aftermath of the 2018 Elections

Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing, April 17, 2019
Discussion: Unblocking Attachment Sites for Living in the Plantationocene

Conference: Insecurity, May 2-4, 2019
Plenary Talks: Jennifer Doyle, Annie McClanahan, Mark Neocleous, Naomi Paik, and Saskia Sassen

Teresa Mangum, May 10, 2019
Lecture: What Would a Humanities PhD Look Like for Students Who Do NOT Want to Be Professors? Imagining an Alt-Alt-Ac Degree



Center Archive

1968: The Center’s Founding

1970s: Film, Performance, Language, and Technology

1980s: Feminism, Modernism, and Culture

1990s: Culture, Aesthetics, Aging, and Animals

2000s: War, Sovereignty, Gender, Space