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Between the utopia of academic capitalism, which views privatization and financial speculation as the solution to the crisis in the humanities, and a prelapsarian utopia, which seeks to restore the university of the 1950s while forgetting that it was hierarchized along class, gender, and racial lines, the MLA Subconference Organizing Committee proposes a third possibility—the communizing university. Neither utopia nor topos, nostalgic idyll nor future promise, the Committee aims to think this communizing university through the concept of composition, understood both as an ongoing process and a critical analysis.

The organizing committee for the MLA Subconference is an independent and evolving group of graduate students and adjunct faculty in the humanities who are interested in creating a new kind of conference environment, in order to propose alternative professional, social, and political possibilities for themselves and their peers.


Friday, November 21
3:30 pm, Curtin 175
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After Extinction conference
Call for Papers (CFP)
After Extinction | C21 annual conference
April 30 – May 2, 2015

C21’s spring conference, After Extinction, will pursue the question of what it means to come “after” extinction in three different, but related, senses.

In temporal terms, what comes after extinction, not only the event of extinction but also the concept? After we think extinction what comes next?

In an epistemological sense, what does it mean for an image, graphic, text, video or film to “take after” extinction in the sense that a painting is “after O’Keeffe” or a child “takes after” its parent?

In spatial terms, what will remain physically after extinction? How should one act “after extinction” in order to plan for, prevent, or preempt the end of crucial life forms, for example, by establishing seed banks or stockpiling DNA?

Details about the CFP can be found on the conference website. Abstracts must be received by Monday, January 12, 2015.



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William Hogarth, Scholars at a Lecture (1736)
The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) organizes its public programming and research around themes that change periodically. Each year we constitute a group of six to eight UWM fellows (and at least one external fellow) whose research interests then relate to our theme. For the 2015-16 academic year our theme is Indigeneities, through which we invite UWM faculty and staff from the humanities, arts, and sciences to help us investigate.

The Call for 2015-16 Fellows (PDF) provides details on our research theme, the terms of the fellowship, eligibility requirements, instructions on applying, and information on an additional fellowship for faculty who would offer a seminar related to our theme within the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program. If you will be submitting an application package, you will also want to fill out the Application Cover Sheet (Word).

Applications can be sent to us via e-mail at c21@uwm.edu. If application items cannot be e-mailed, you may drop them off at our office, Curtin Hall 929.

Deadline to submit an application package is Thursday, December 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Please note that this call is for UWM fellows only; in early Spring semester 2015 we will issue a call for a UW System fellow.
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