Armageddon, the rapture, end times, the deluge, nuclear holocaust, global warming. In its myriad forms, apocalypse bears with it both the sense of revelation and cataclysm. It is anticipatory yet horrific. Historically, the postapocalyptic topos has provided fertile ground for an imaginative engagement with contemporaneous ambivalences towards technology, nature, and community. In keeping with the conference theme of "pharmakon," this panel will explore the figure of the apocalypse as an event imagined to result, more often than not, in one of two polarized outcomes: one that kills, as pandemic destruction with dystopian aftermath; or one that cures, as utopian renewal or purification.
Mediterranean Journal of Humanities (MJH) is published semiannually as a peer-reviewed print journal by Akdeniz University, Faculty of Letters. As a print journal, the journal' scope includes all research papers in the fields of Mediterranean cultures, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Education, Gerontology, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, and Sociology among others. Each paper is reviewed by two expert reviewers and the final decision is sent to author(s) within three months of the arrival of the article. If you want to submit an article to the journal, please ask for the article template by writing to "email@example.com"
CFP: The New Everyday, Media Commons
Cluster Title: Humanities in Crisis.
Registration is now open for delegates to attend Minority Identities: Rights and Representation, a one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference at the University of Reading, UK, on Saturday 7th May 2011.
This conference aims to explore the interface between creative/critical forms of representation and the claim to material/ontological human and animal rights. It will examine the concepts 'minority', 'identity', 'rights' and 'representation' and their possible intersections.
It will also interrogate categories and politics of identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, age, and disability, as well as the critical disciplines that invest in these, such as feminism, postcolonialism, and cultural studies.
The inaugural IASPM (UK-Ireland) postgraduate conference will be held on 9-10 June 2011 at the University of Liverpool. We invite papers on the stories we tell about popular music. We are interested particularly in illuminating how the intersection of story with study produces a contested space filled with a multitude of views. It is precisely this multitude we find fruitful for investigation.
We invite submissions on papers that address narratives: the stories we tell about particular bands, or scenes, or even entire genres. This can include the evolution of these individual bands or moments, their musical legacies, or even wholesale reevaluation of the same.
Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences
International Conference, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
November 10-13, 2011
More than sixty years after the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the attainment of universal human rights remains elusive. The persistence of repressive and discriminatory national policies, cultural practices, wars, genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, rape, and other forms of violence threaten the maintenance of human rights.
Prof. Marina Warner, English Theoretician and Writer of Fiction
Murathan Mungan, Turkish Writer of Fiction
The 2011 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference will be held on November 5-6 at Scripps College in Claremont, California.
Submit proposals and abstracts for the standing session on English Literature (1700 to present) via PAMLA's online submission process by April 15, 2011. Contact Annette Hulbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Seeking panelists for a proposed American Literary Translators Association session on literary approaches to multimedia translation. Possible genres include subtitling, film screenplays, websites, and video games. Panelists will present their topics (10-15 minutes each) in a communicative fashion rather than reading directly from papers. Please send a 100-word abstract and a 100-word bio to Laura Kanost (email@example.com) by April 21.
"ABC, It's Easy as 123" is looking for paper proposals exploring any aspect of media for infants to preschool-age "emergent readers." Texts to examine include American classics like Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, English translations of Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops, Gomi's Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring Book, Disney's Baby Einstein products, Hello Kitty products, and various baby sign-language videos. Some possible topics to explore are: What do texts for pre-readers reveal about marketing, commerce, or audience? What are the social histories or environmental impact of alphabet books, counting books, potty training books, coloring books, concept books (e.g. shapes, opposites, seasons) or workbooks?