Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor to kick off ‘Beyond the End of the World’ lecture series on Jan 23, 2020

The Beyond the End of the World lecture series is part of a year-long research and exhibition project led by UCSC arts professor T. J. Demos, director of the Center for Creative Ecologies. The goal is to bring leading international thinkers and cultural practitioners to UC Santa Cruz to discuss what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, and how we can cultivate radical futures of justice, equality, and a healthy environment. Taylor writes and speaks about Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, which honors nonfiction works of particular relevance to the current historical moment. Read more.


Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar 2019–20: Beyond the End of the World

Art and Education announces The Beyond the End of the World lecture series. Read more.

CFA Graduate Fellowship

Applications due March 8, 2019 for a new THI Graduate Fellowship: “Beyond the End of the World.”
The Center for Creative Ecologies and The Humanities Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invite applications for a one-year Dissertation Fellowship as a part of Beyond the End of the World, a year-long Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture under the direction of T.J. Demos, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, in collaboration with Professors Hunter Bivens (Literature), Mayanthi Fernando (Anthropology), Deborah Gould (Sociology), and Matthew O’Hara (History).  This project is administered by The Humanities Institute at UCSC. Read more.


Call for Postdoctoral Fellow

Applications due February 4, 2019 for a Postdoctoral Fellow for “Beyond the End of the World.”

As part of the “Beyond the End of the World,” a year-long Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, The Center for Creative Ecologies has opened a call for a Postdoctoral Fellow. Under the direction of Project Director, T.J. Demos, the postdoc will help launch an exciting series of events investigating world-ending narratives and what comes after and amplify the reach of the seminar’s goals by engaging with scholars, teachers, and other researchers around the study of speculative imagination in contemporary art and film. Read more.


UC Santa Cruz Receives Mellon Grant

Mellon Foundation Humanities Grant to explore Earth Futures.

“Catastrophic environmental breakdown, mass species extinction, financial collapse, racist separatism, global nuclear war…there is much speculation these days that we are living at the end of democracy, liberalism, capitalism, a cool planet, and civilization as we know it.” Read more.