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Fall 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010
Richard Grusin
(C21 director)
The Future of 21st Century Studies
3:30 pm Curtin 175

What is 21st century studies?

The practice of interdisciplinary research as it is pursued in the 21st century? The study of issues of pressing concern in the 21st century? The reconceptualization of historical studies in light of these concerns? The deployment of 21st century modes of research, analysis, and presentation?

What is 21st Century Studies?

In his inaugural lecture as the new director of UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, Richard Grusin will argue that C21 is in a unique position to define the future of 21st century studies. As the only center of its kind, C21 should take as its mission the development of 21st century studies as an interdisciplinary field. Doing so, Grusin argues, will allow UWM to set the terms of the debate about the future of 21st century studies for the decades ahead.

An internationally known scholar of new media studies, Grusin comes to C21 from Wayne State, where he chaired the English department for seven years. He is best known for his book, Remediation: Understanding New Media (MIT Press, 1999), co-authored with Jay David Bolter, which has become one of the founding texts of the field of new media studies. His latest book, Premediation: Affect and Mediality After 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), argues that at the beginning of the 21st century networked global media strive to ensure that the future has already been “pre-mediated” before it emerges into the present.

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