Spring 2020 Conference (Coming Soon)

Check back soon for news and announcements about our upcoming annual conference, to be held in May 2020. We will post a call for proposals during the Fall 2019 semester.

You can read about last year’s conference below.


Insecurity Conference at UMW C21

Thank you to all of our plenaries, panelists, attendees and volunteers for our Spring 2019 Insecurity Conference! (Conference Photos)

Plenary speakers for the conference included: Jennifer Doyle (UC Riverside), Annie McClanahan (UC Irvine), Mark Neocleous (Brunel University London), Naomi Paik (Illinois), and Saskia Sassen (Columbia). The conference proposed the concept of “insecurity” as one of the governing logics of economic, political, and social life in the West at the end of the second decade of the 21st century. Plenary speakers and a wide range of breakout panels picked up on (and challenged) several key concepts of 21st century insecurity, especially “precarity,” “securitization,” and “resilience.”

You can learn more about this year’s speakers, including talk titles and abstracts, on the conference website.

Previous Conferences

C21’s annual international conferences promote cross-disciplinary research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Plenary papers delivered at each conference are typically reworked into peer-reviewed essays that appear in our book series with the University of Minnesota Press (and earlier with Indiana University Press).

For more details on previous yearly themes, view our archive of past conferences.