2017-2018 CCS Schedule

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are very happy to announce the event schedule for Critical Contemporary Studies (CCS), a recently formed Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop dedicated to studying cultural production and politics from the 1960s to present.

This fall, our programming includes a conversation series about 21st century literature, writing workshops, and the start of our yearlong speaker series. The current event line-up for all three programs is at the bottom of this email; we have yet to schedule our winter semester writing workshops and C21 conversation series, so please be in touch if you’d like to workshop a paper or participate on a 21st century-themed panel during W18. We’d also love to hear if you’re particularly interested in connecting with any of our guest speakers.

We’re very excited about these events, and we hope you can join us for any or all of them! You can RSVP here.

Other questions or comments? Please email: Hayley O’Malley (, Matt Liberti (, and Hanah Stiverson (

CCS Schedule 17/18

C21 Conversation Series — What is 21st Century Literature? 

Panels of three faculty members will help launch lively discussions as we think together about how to conceptualize literature today. No pre-reading; just join us for conversation and lunch!   

Thursday, October 5th — Global Networks

With Hadji Bakara; Gaurav Desai; Ben Mangrum: Angell 3154 | 1-2:30

Thursday, October 19th — Media & Infrastructure 

With Laura Finch; Hui-Hui Hu; Jonathan Freedman: Angell 3222 | 1-2:30

Thursday, November 16th — History & Representation

With Peter Ho Davies; Tarfia Faizullah; Josh Miller: Angell 3154 | 12-1:30

Writing Workshops 

Workshops featuring pre-circulated papers offer graduate students and faculty the chance to receive feedback on writing projects in process — conference papers, seminar papers, articles, chapters — and engage in broader conversations about method, craft, archive, and professionalization. Papers are circulated a week prior to the workshop.  

Thursday, September 28th — with Olivia Ordonez: Angell 3154 | 1-2:30

“Looking at the Other: Pedagogy, Responsibility, and Collectivity in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.”

Friday, November 3rd — with Annie Bolotin: Angell 3154 | 3-4:30

“Feeling (Red, White and) Blue: Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and the Poetics and Politics of Misery.”

Friday, December 1st — with Crystal Lie: Angell 3154 | 3-4:30

“Dementia, Temporality, and Forms of the (Auto)Biographical in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and Susan Schultz’s Dementia Blog

Yearlong Speaker Series

Mark your calendars! Leading scholars from other universities will join us for multi-day visits to lecture about their recent projects as well as participate in more informal workshops or roundtable conversations. We are excited to be collaborating with several other interdisciplinary interest groups on these visits. Stay tuned for event updates!  

Lloyd Pratt (Oxford) – Lecture: Monday, November 6th; Second Event: Tuesday, November 7th

Heather Houser (UT Austin) – February 21st-23rd

Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton) – March 19th – 21st

Jacqueline Goldsby (Yale) – April 12th -13th