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The Center for 21st Century Studies is excited to announce that Kennan Ferguson, associate professor of political science, has been named the Center’s director. He begins his two-year term this fall.

As a political theorist, Kennan is known for his work on the politics of everyday life, focusing primarily on the political effects and practices of aesthetics, judgment, sensation, and family life. His recent books include All in the Family: On Community and Incommensurability (2013) and William James: Politics in the Pluriverse (2007).

C21’s theme this year is Indigeneities, which fits nicely with Kennan’s recent sabbatical research that saw him travelling across the United States interviewing Native American academics, tribal leaders, activists, and curators concerning the academic status of Native American political thought. He is also currently a faculty mentor in the IGHERT (Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training) program, a Mellon-funded grant awarded to C21 (along with humanities centers at UC-Santa Cruz, Australia National University, and the University of Giessen).

Please join us in welcoming Kennan to the Center!

Traquair House Maze, Scotland
Traquair House Maze, Scotland
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The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is pleased to welcome new fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. Each year we assemble of group of UWM scholars, and one from the UW System, whose research relates to our annual or biennial theme. This year our theme is Indigeneities.

Our new UWM fellows include Kimberly Blaeser (English), Katherine Paugh (History), Bernard Perley (Anthropology), Kristin Pitt (French, Italian, Comparative Literature), and Caroline Seymour-Jorn (French, Italian, Comparative Literature). Our UW System fellow is Deborah Wilk (Art and Design, UW-Whitewater). Summaries of their projects can be found on our Fellowships page.

Welcome all!

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The Nonhuman Turn, our first volume in the Center for 21st Century Studies series with the University of Minnesota Press, has recently been published.

The Nonhuman Turn is the first book to name and consolidate a wide array of current critical, theoretical, and philosophical approaches to the humanities and social sciences under the concept of the nonhuman turn. Each of these approaches is engaged in decentering the human in favor of a concern for the nonhuman, understood by contributors in a variety of ways—in terms of animals, affectivity, bodies, materiality, technologies, and organic and geophysical systems.

Edited by C21 director Richard Grusin, the volume includes essays by Jane Bennett, Ian Bogost, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Mark B. N. Hansen, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Timothy Morton, Steven Shaviro, and Rebekah Sheldon. The volume springs from our 2012 conference of the same name.

Books are available from the University of Minnesota Press website, or your favorite online or bricks-and-mortar book store.
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