The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), a UW System Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee campus, leads the way in imagining, defining, and creating the burgeoning field of 21st century studies, focusing on the intersection of the humanities, arts, and sciences (social and natural) with issues of compelling concern.
C21 supports the study of the 21st century, which means in the first instance studies of the future, present, and very recent past—issues of pressing concern for the 21st century. C21 also encourages contemporary, cutting-edge study of the arts, humanities, and social sciences in all fields, and at all historical periods. By studying what is distinctive about issues of the present or near future, we are able to rethink or reconceptualize our study of the past. Finally, C21 sponsors and supports the creation and deployment of 21st-century modes of research, analysis, and representation.
The C21 blog is a site to engage with 21st Century Studies and the 21st Century. It is a place to read, respond to, and shape conversations at C21; to consider the intersections between our study of the contemporary moment in the academy and our experience of it outside the academy; and to create new ways of understanding the future, present, and recent past.
If you’re interested in learning more about C21 or contributing to the C21 blog, email C21@uwm.edu. You can also go to our website.