Upcoming Events & Announcements
Sand table in use by US Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This talk explores the history of the sand table, a purpose-built furnishing supporting a bounded, malleable, scalable space sculpted in sand and historically used for modeling military or civic operations in three dimensions.

Drawing on elements of media archaeology, military science, and object-oriented ontology, Matthew Kirschenbaum (Maryland) situates the sand table within a genealogy of speculative, projective surfaces such as “big board” maps commonplace in Cold War films such as War Games, as well as contemporary War on Terror imagery (24, Homeland). For Kirschenbaum, the sand table is relevant to both a history of projective surfaces and the origins of tactile (and tactical) touch-sensitive media whose contemporary apotheosis is the tabletop interface of augmented reality.

Friday, April 17
3:30 pm, Curtin 175

Hands-On Game Design Workshop
“War, What is it Good For? Playing with Conflict Simulation”
Friday, April 17
12 noon, Digital Humanities Lab
2nd Floor East, Golda Meir Library

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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