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?
Call for Papers: NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES"
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html
This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.
The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers that explore the connections between Langston Hughes and the U.S. South. Papers which examine racial identity (for example, "the mulatto"), Scottsboro, Langston Hughes's relationships with Zora Neale Hurston and/or other authors, and additional aspects of Langston Hughes's writings and life as related to the U.S. South are welcome. All accepted presenters must join the Langston Hughes Society and the College Language Association by February 1, 2012. Please email an abstract (300-400 words) and a biographical profile (3-5 lines) to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at email@example.com by September 5, 2011.
TITLE: Nuclear Criticism and the "Exploding Word"
Chairperson: Michael Blouin, Michigan State University
CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011
Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.
Historians, anthropologists, literary critics, and other scholars of
medieval Europe are researching and reflecting on gifts and gift
exchange in a variety of new and interesting cultural contexts. At
the same time, the work of theorists, philosophers, and theologians
such as Marcel Mauss, Jacques Derrida, and John Milbank on the nature
of "the gift" continues to exert influence on ideas of gift-giving
outside the medieval period(s). This panel seeks to draw together
scholars across disciplinary boundaries to share insights about gifts
and gift exchange in a variety of contexts. Papers might examine one
or more of the following questions: what constitutes a gift? What
Future Theory, Present Praxis: Humanities as Digital Discipline
Keynote speaker: Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Oregon Medieval English Literature Society Session for the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University
May 10-13, 2012
Session IV: Aglæca: What's in a Word?
The term aglæca has received more than its share of critical attention, but there is still some disagreement on what it means in its many manifestations. In Christ and Satan, Guthalc, Juliana, The Phoenix, and The Whale its context in explicitly religious, but this is not necessarily the case in Beowulf (where it occurs most often). Because the word refers to Sigemund, Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon, understanding its denotation and its connotation(s) has presented scholars with a number of difficulties.
NEW BOOK SERIES
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Series Title: Cine-Aesthetics: New Directions in Film and Philosophy
Publisher: Lexington Books
Contact: Steven Rybin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors: Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College
Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts
Thomas Deane Tucker, Chadron State College