Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
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This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.
Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative
The American University of Paris
May 29 to June 1, 2012
Call for Papers:
Panel Name: "Narratives, Narrators and Restorying"
Elizabeth Stone, Professor of English, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, New York, NY 10023, Stone@Fordham.edu
Leah Anderst, Visiting Instructor of Writing, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY 10021, LAnderst@mmm.edu
Call for Essays
Special Issue of Rhizomes: Graffiti
Although there are spaces where graffiti artists do speak about their work (Youtube, 'zines, magazines), the scholarship exploring graffiti has been both limited in scope and in depth. This special edition of Rhizomes will offer a collection of essays on graffiti that seeks to create a dialogue between writers who produce graffiti and scholars who attempt to read and analyze this subculture. We, therefore, wish to neither ghettoize the writers nor the scholars; graffiti is about tangible marks on a surface and this special edition endeavors to understand the writers and their markings in both a material and analytical way.
Call for Chapter Proposals: Collection on Nature and the Environment in American Public Address
Location: Stony Brook University, Manhattan Campus
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis
The Stony Brook Manhattan English Department Graduate Conference, the longest running interdisciplinary graduate student conference in the nation, welcomes papers and panels from all disciplines, including the arts, cultural studies, social and hard sciences, and the humanities. This year's conference will feature a faculty-sponsored Best Paper Award; for details and registration visit www.stonybrook.edu/gradconf.
Call for Papers:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DARLENE CLARK HINE (MSU, NORTHWESTERN)
SupraSpace: On the Concept of Space and Place in Art and Visual Culture
June 3-4, 2012
Tel Aviv University, Art History Department
Call for Submissions
Media Fields Journal Issue 5: Memory, Space, and Media
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2011
Trends towards spatial analysis and memory studies have both emerged as vibrant and booming fields of inquiry in the humanities. In this special issue, we ask what is to be gained at the intersection of memory studies, spatial studies and media studies? What role does disciplinary specificity have to play in the conjunction of these fields? What are other ways to examine memory and space outside a paradigm of trauma?
Friday and Saturday, April 20 – 21, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Julian Yates, University of Delaware