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Jugaad example from Droog Lab
Ishan Khosla, Flickr, Creative Commons
How is it that a postcolonial Indian economy, once regarded as doomed because of an exploding impoverished population, is now seen as the beacon of hope for the future?

In this talk, Kavita Philip (UC-Irvine)) explores the links between the ways in which new forms of property have been redefined around the threat of the pirate, even as political economy has been revivified by the spirit of jugaad, an improvisational, contingent ethic of practice that putatively confounds the assumptions of universal progress and romantic localism.

Friday, March 6
3:30 pm, Curtin 175
Live video stream

Brown bag lunch seminar with Kavita Philip
Friday, March 6
12 noon, Curtin 939
Reading: Kavita Philip, "Keep on Copyin’ in the Free World? Genealogies of the Postcolonial Pirate Figure"

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!

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.

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

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