Upcoming Events & Announcements
Icon of St. John of Patmos
Icon of St John the Theologian,
Cave of the Apocalypse, Patmos
Flickr user simonjenkins. CC BY-SA 2.0
The Center for 21st Century Studies invites scholars from the UWM community to apply for a C21 fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Our research theme is “In the Eschaton.”

The world has been coming to an end for close to two millennia. Ever since being proposed by John of Patmos, the apocalypse has been considered by many to be imminent in the Western world. The eschaton—the period within which the end of the world emerges—has been reworked, reused, and reimagined as a way of making sense of the present.

Eschatology plays an important role in American history as well, as a number of the most powerful religious traditions in the United States have held the end to be imminent, and have promulgated long-lasting organizations based around this principle. This ironic trajectory demands attention to the odd temporality of the eschaton: it always exists in the future, but its demands always focus on the present.

We are also interested in alternatives to the eschaton. Non-linear assumptions of time, whether they emerge from non-European cultures or from philosophical traditions, may still envision a radical break (e.g., Mayan circular periodicity) or an escape (e.g., immanence) without the teleological purposefulness of eschatology.

UWM faculty and staff who are interested in applying for the fellowship should refer to this Call for 2017-18 C21 Fellows for details and terms of eligibility. Please note that this call is for UWM faculty and staff only. Our call for a UW System fellow will be posted in January.

Deadline: December 9, 2016, 4:30 p.m.




Cover to C21 2015-16 annual report
Did you miss our Landbody conference last year? Or any of our public lectures on the theme of Indigeneities?

Even if you didn’t miss any of our events, you can revisit them in our 2015-16 annual report (PDF).

You’ll also find an update on our groundbreaking initiative with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to foster new forms of collaborative research and partnerships in a global context; a report on the annual meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), convened in London during Brexit fervor; and some items of note from our many distinguished fellows from years past.

We also give a special shout out to all who supported us during a tumultuous year.

Printed copies of the report are available in our offices, Curtin 929. We look forward to seeing you at some of our events this academic year!

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