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For this talk, Siobhan Senier will discuss her work with a cohort of Wikipedia editors and students who have sought to increase the presence of indigenous content and perspectives in the online encyclopedia. They have created new entries, for instance, for Native American authors not previously represented on the site, and have edited existing entries to reflect contemporary scholarship and/or the perspectives of tribal communities.

As her talk will reveal, however, the issue is more than merely additive, for indigenous topics often challenge Wikipedia’s standards for what constitutes legitimate and worthwhile knowledge.

Friday, December 11
3:30 pm, Curtin 118

Hands-on Workshop and Seminar
Bring your laptop!
Friday, December 11
12 noon, DH Lab, Golda Meir Library
Reading: “Indigenizing Wikipedia: Student Accountability to Native American Authors on the World’s Largest Encyclopedia”

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The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) seeks proposals for critical, conceptual, and historical papers, or creative presentations, for its Spring 2016 conference, Landbody: Indigeneity's Radical Commitments.

Deadline to submit proposals: January 15, 2016.

The conference, which takes place May 5-7, 2016, considers the implications of Native ontologies and epistemologies, emphasizing the animate, living nature of place and the conceptual primacy of connection and locale. Despite colonial incursions, Native communities continue tribal lifeways, constructing and reconstructing systems of reciprocal survival in regions and localized spaces throughout lands and other spaces occupied by and contested by colonial powers and people. Place is not a neutral backdrop. An ontological connection to a specific land comprises a central component of indigenous being, a commitment to place contrary to current celebrations of migration, individualism, and cosmopolitanism.

Plenary speakers (to date) include Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Jolene Rickard, Audra Simpson, Kim TallBear, and Gerald Vizenor.

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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 about five C21 fellows whose research interests then relate to our theme. For the 2016-17 academic year our theme is Naysaying, through which we invite UWM faculty and staff from the humanities, arts, and sciences to help us investigate.

The Call for 2016-17 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 Friday, December 11, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

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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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