C21 Publications

C21 Books

C21’s broad range of publications confirms its leadership in the academic community in the United States and abroad. The books in our current series with the University of Minnesota Press, and in our earlier series, 21st Century Studies and Theories of Contemporary Culture, with Indiana University Press originate from conferences sponsored by C21 or are authored by scholars affiliated with the Center.

Latest Release: After Extinction

After Extinction book coverNew in 2018 is our third volume in the Center for 21st Century Studies series with the University of Minnesota Press: After Extinction.

Edited by C21 director Richard Grusin, the volume originates from our 2015 conference of the same name.

What comes after extinction?

Including both prominent and unusual voices in current debates around the Anthropocene, this collection asks authors from diverse backgrounds to address this question. After Extinction looks at the future of humans and nonhumans, exploring how the scale of risk posed by extinction has changed in light of the accelerated networks of the twenty-first century. The collection considers extinction as a cultural, artistic, and media event as well as a biological one. The authors treat extinction in relation to a variety of topics, including disability, human exceptionalism, science-fiction understandings of time and posthistory, photography, the contemporary ecological crisis, the California Condor, systemic racism, Native American traditions, and capitalism.

From discussions of the anticipated sixth extinction to the status of writing, theory, and philosophy after extinction, the contributions of this volume are insightful and innovative, timely and thought provoking.

Contributors: Daryl Baldwin, Miami U; Claire Colebrook, Pennsylvania State U; William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins U; Ashley Dawson, CUNY Graduate Center; Joseph Masco, U of Chicago; Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York U; Margaret Noodin, U of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Jussi Parikka, U of Southampton; Bernard C. Perley, U of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Cary Wolfe, Rice U; Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, U of London.

Anthropocene Feminism

Anthropocene Feminism book coverAnthropocene Feminism, edited by C21 director Richard Grusin, originates from our 2015 conference of the same name.

Contributors: Stacy Alaimo, U of Texas, Arlington; Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht U; Joshua Clover, U of California, Davis; Claire Colebrook, Penn State; Dehlia Hannah, Arizona State; Myra J. Hird, Queen’s U; Lynne Huffer, Emory U; Natalie Jeremijenko, New York U; Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Columbia U; Jill S. Schneiderman, Vassar College; Juliana Spahr, Mills College; Alexander Zahara, Queen’s U.

The Nonhuman Turn

The Nonhuman Turn book coverThe Nonhuman Turn, edited by C21 director Richard Grusin, originates from our 2014 conference of the same name.

Contributors: Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins U; Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology; Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown U; Mark B. N. Hansen, Duke U; Erin Manning, Concordia U, Montreal; Brian Massumi, U of Montreal; Timothy Morton, Rice U; Steven Shaviro, Wayne State U; Rebekah Sheldon, Indiana U.

Previous Book Series

Books are still available from our two earlier series, 21st Century Studies and Theories of Contemporary Culture, with Indiana University Press.

Making Place book

Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City

Edited by UWM’s Arijit Sen (Architecture), and Lisa Silverman (History)
This volume originates from two Center symposia held in Fall 2010 and Spring 2011: Embodied Placemaking in Urban Public Spaces.


The Long 1968 book

The Long 1968: Revisions and New Perspectives

Edited by former C21 director Daniel J. Sherman (Art History, University of North Carolina), former C21 editor Ruud van Dijk (History, Amsterdam), Jasmine Alinder (History, UWM) and Aneesh Aneesh (Sociology, UWM)
This volume originates from the Center’s 40th anniversary conference in Fall 2008: Since 1968.


Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy book

Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy

Edited by UWM’s Peter Y. Paik (Comparative Literature), and former C21 director Merry Wiesner-Hanks (History)
This volume originates from the Center’s Spring 2010 conference: DEBT.


New Routes for Diaspora Studies book

New Routes for Diaspora Studies

Edited by Sukanya Banerjee, Aims McGuiness, and Steven C. McKay
This volume originates from the Center’s Spring 2005 conference, Routing Diasporas: Labor, Citizenship, Empire.


The Question of Gender book

The Question of Gender

Edited by Judith Butler and Elizabeth Weed
This volume originates from the Center’s Spring 2007 conference, In Terms of Gender.

 

The State of Sovereignty book

The State of Sovereignty

Edited by Douglas Howland and Luise White
This volume originates from the Center’s fall 2005 conference, Art of the State.

 

 

Museums & Difference book

Museums & Difference

Edited by Daniel J. Sherman
This volume originates from the Center’s fall 2003 conference of the same name.

 

Terror, Culture, Politics book

Terror, Culture, Politics: Rethinking 9/11

Edited by Daniel J. Sherman and Terry Nardin
This volume originates from the Center’s fall 2002 conference, 9/11: Reconstructions.


Theories of Contemporary Culture

Our series Theories of Contemporary Culture includes:

Working Papers

From 1984 through 2011, the Center published a Working Papers series that provided scholars the ability to pre-publish their research. More recent papers are available below.

List of Working Papers, 1984-91. Please contact the Center to get copies of these papers.