The Postcolonial Studies series is now accepting original submissions of at least 40,000 words in the form of welcomes both individually authored and collaboratively authored books and monographs as well as edited collections of essays.
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?
The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."
But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical."
Call for Papers: Transnational Literatures, Gender, and State Power
43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit From the Goon Squad
Seeking papers on the convergence of transnational literatures, gender, and state power.
Particularly interested in:
2011 may well be called "The Year of Kurt Vonnegut." In April the Library of America issued a volume including his novels from 1963 to 1973, effectively canonizing Vonnegut. A school board of Republic, Missouri banned Slaughterhouse-Five from both its high school's required reading and library, prompting the recently opened Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to offer affected students free copies of the acclaimed novel. This fall will see Charles J. Shields's highly anticipated biography, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, as well as several new scholarly monographs, Lawrence R. Broer's Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War, Gregory D. Sumner's Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels, and Robert T.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: SEPTEMBER 30th, 2011
4th Global Conference
Heavy Fundamentalisms: Music, Metal and Politics
Wednesday 9th May – Friday 11th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
6th Global Conference
Ethics, Evil and the State
Sunday 6th May – Tuesday 8th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers
A Special Issue of The Global South
Edited by Claudia Milian and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo
Interoceanic Diasporas and The Panama Canal's Centennial
Constructions of Identity in Old English Riddles