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.

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

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

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


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

Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy, edited by 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, 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, 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, edited by Douglas Howland and Luise White. This volume originates from the Center’s fall 2005 conference, Art of the State.

Museums & Difference, edited by Daniel J. Sherman. This volume originates from the Center’s fall 2003 conference of the same name.

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.

  • David S. Allen, “From Parks to Free Speech Zones: Spatial Frameworks and the Regulation of American Dissent in Public Space” (2011)
  • A. Aneesh, “Bloody Language: Clashes and Constructions of Linguistic Nationalism in India” (2009)
  • Arijit Sen, “Past Knowing and Representational Practices: Visual Culture and the Social Production of Peoplehood” (2009)
  • Edward S. Hinchman, “Judging as Inviting Self-Trust” (2007)
  • Julius Sensat, “Rawlsian Justice and Estrangement: Insights from Hegel and Marx” (2007)
  • A Symposium Transcript: Past Knowing Future Knowledge: Archaeology and Museums in the 21st Century (2007)
  • Derek Counts, “Hybridity and Representation in an Ancient Mediterranean Context: The Cultures In-Between Cypriote Culture” (2006)
  • Andrea C. Westlund, “Love and the Sharing of Ends” (2005)
  • Laird Boswell, “Right-Wing Extremism in Frontier Regions: The French National Front and the Crisis of Alsatian Identity” (2005)
  • Marc Abélès, “Identity and Borders: An Anthropological Approach to EU Institutions” (2004)
  • Peter Y. Paik, “The Pessimist Rearmed: Žižek on Christianity and Revolution” (2004)
  • David S. Allen, “Creating Meaning, Creating Citizens: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Control of Meaning in the Public Sphere” (2004)
  • Seminar and Speak-Out on the War in Iraq (2003)

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