Upcoming Events & Announcements
1970s US postage stame with environmental theme
1970s US postage stamp, Wikimedia Commons
Even as some activists and scholars today herald the “death of environmentalism” and suggest that the concept of environment has outlived its usefulness, environment is becoming the focal point of a new institutional-disciplinary configuration called the environmental humanities.

In this talk, Etienne Benson (History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) situates these recent turns within the long-term history of the idea of the environment, with particular attention to the techniques—scientific, literary, artistic, and otherwise—by which environments have been assembled out of the flux of shifting relationships in which all living things participate.

Friday, March 27
3:30 pm, Curtin 175
Live video stream

Brown bag lunch seminar with Etienne Benson
Friday, March 27
12 noon, Curtin 939
Reading: Etienne Benson, “Environment between System and Nature: Alan Sonfist and the Art of the Cybernetic Environment”

Nonhuman Turn book cover
C21 is quite excited to announce the publication of The Nonhuman Turn, our first volume in the Center for 21st Century Studies series with the University of Minnesota Press.

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. Look for an upcoming book release party during our After Extinction conference, April 30-May 2!

Curtin Hall
Curtin Hall
C21 has two openings for graduate project assistants for the 2015–16 academic year.

Working at C21 provides graduate students the opportunity to meet visiting scholars, attend C21 events, and help with outreach and research initiatives.

Both positions are open to either master’s students or doctoral candidates. Each position will be a 50 percent appointment.

Please consult this Call for C21 Project Assistants (PDF) for details.

Application deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

After Extinction image
What comes after extinction?

Our predominant understanding of extinction relates to natural species extinctions caused largely by human actions. But in the 21st century categorical distinctions between humans and nonhumans or culture and nature are no longer tenable.

Today we also think of the extinction of cultural forms, such as languages, customs and traditions, operating systems, and public higher education. In the face of this extended sense of extinction, asking what comes after extinction is not only to inquire about the future of humans and nonhumans, but also to investigate to what extent the concept’s origins still inflect current understandings of extinction.

After Extinction will pursue the question of what it means to come “after” extinction in three different but related senses: temporal, epistemological, and spatial.

Plenary speakers include Daryl Baldwin (Miami University), Claire Colebrook (Penn State), William E. Connolly (Johns Hopkins), Joseph Masco (University of Chicago), Cary Wolfe (Rice), and Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London). Moreover, thirty additional speakers will be presenting across several breakout sessions: Deextinction, Waste and What's Left, Games and the Afterlife, Capitalism and Labor, and more.

The After Extinction conference is free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

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