As a postdoctoral research center, the Center for 21st Century Studies has several initiatives that foster interdisciplinary research in the humanities.
Through a yearly competition, the Center constitutes a group of six to eight UWM faculty, plus at least one external faculty, whose research relates to the Center’s biannual research theme. Fellowships are awarded to support research projects in the humanities, as well as humanistically oriented projects in the social and natural sciences.
The Center's broad range of publications confirms its leadership in the academic community in the United States and abroad. The books in the Center's series with the University of Minnesota Press are site specific; they are authored by scholars affiliated with the Center or originate from conferences sponsored by the Center. The Center also had two, long running series—21st Century Studies and Theories of Contemporary Culture—with Indiana University Press; many of our Indiana titles remain available through their website. We also publish a series on online Working Papers for faculty and an online Occasional Papers series for graduate students.
In social media, UWM faculty, C21 staff, and other invited guests write about Center events through our blog; we post videos of select speakers on our YouTube channel; upcoming events and other bits of information are posted on our Facebook page; photographs of events and event-related projects appear on both Facebook and Instagram; and we are known to condense difficult concepts into 140-character transmissions via our Twitter account, @center21.
Research Workshops bring together faculty, staff, and independent scholars from UWM and other local institutions to discuss common interests across disciplinary lines. Workshops are open to UWM faculty and academic staff, and to researchers in the field from outside UWM.
Every two years the Center designates a theme that lends itself to multidisciplinary study as the subject for its research. Around this theme we present a full program of public lectures, seminars, symposia, and conferences.