The 20th and 21st Century Workshop (C20/21), sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies, provides a space for graduate students and faculty from any division or department at the University of Chicago to discuss and present works-in-progress that engage with aesthetic objects or social and theoretical questions within any context from the previous century to the present. C20/21 launched in fall 2015 as a merger of the previous Post-1945 and Modernisms Workshops.
In the 2015-16 academic year, C20/21 is co-coordinated by Rowan Bayne and Michael Dango and sponsored by Professors Patrick Jagoda (English), Alison James (RLL), and Sonali Thakkar (English). We meet on Mondays, from noon-1:20pm, on odd-number weeks during academic quarters.
To help facilitate conversations across the disciplinary breadth we cover, each quarter collects its workshop papers under a common theme. In 2015-16, the selected C20/21 themes are: “Transformations of the Modern” in Autumn, “1968 and After” in Winter, and “Space and Form” in Spring.
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