Author Archives: The Center for 21st Century Studies

What is the role of the Communist party today?

[by Matthew Boman] Jodi Dean calls Communism “the force of an absence and an alternative, as the general field and division of the common, as the subjectification of the gap of desire” (Occupation and the Party). For her, Occupy opens … Continue reading

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Come as You Are: Community, Conversation, and the Milwaukee Film Festival

By Molly McCourt This fall I am teaching a course entitled “Introduction to the Road Film” here at UWM.  So when Cara Ogburn told me about Come as You Are, a Belgian film in which three men with special needs … Continue reading

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We Are a Legion of…?

by Matthew Boman We Are Legion tells the story of Anonymous, a loosely-connected hactivist collective, from its inception on the /b/ board of 4chan, to its pranks and political activism. The Milwaukee Film Festival hosted a conversation after the Thursday … Continue reading

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Difference and the Digital Turn: Beyond Good and Evil?

By Kyle Henrichs “When they ask how you, feeling you, tell em you, feeling like, something important died screaming” – Aesop Rock, “ZZZ Top” Is the digital turn in twenty-first century cinema “beyond good and evil” as J. Hoberman says … Continue reading

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Milwaukee Film Festival Panel Preview

By Cara Ogburn The Milwaukee Film Festival is just around the corner.  C21 is involved with two events- it is cosponsoring J. Hoberman’s keynote, and partnering with the film WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists.  Get your tickets now! With … Continue reading

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Filtering the World: an Interview with Natalie Diaz, Returning the Gift

By Ching-In Chen Natalie Diaz recently visited Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 20th Anniversary Returning the Gift (RTG) writers’ conference.  I was excited to meet her after hearing so much about her work and words and was grateful that she made … Continue reading

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Intermediality and Transmedia Storytelling

By Michael Z. Newman A colleague who studies the history of media and popular culture was excited and a bit astonished recently to discover than an excellent book addressing a main topic of her research had been published in the … Continue reading

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