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.
Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers or speakers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme.
Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to:
►Film, art, music, and television
►Sea sagas from western & non-western cultures
►Recreation, technology, business
Call for Papers: "Of Queen's Gardens": Victorian Ecofeminism
This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature
(novels, poetry, prose), wherein women are frequently given "natural" traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations may highlight the damaging consequences of this link, or celebrate women's potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes because of it. In what ways does the woman/nature link function in Victorian literature? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian
attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each?
Please e-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,
CALL FOR PAPERS
LGBTQ Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 2-5, 2012, Hyatt Regency (Capitol Hill), Washington, DC
Individual Papers or Presentations: October 15 (send to conference planner Nick Salvato, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Complete Sessions: November 1 (submit online directly to ATHE at www.athe.org)
In 2012, a year-long programme of events in Lancaster and the surrounding area will mark the 400th anniversary of the trial and execution of the first group of Lancashire Witches. A second trial occurred in 1634 and although pardoned, the accused were re-imprisoned in Lancaster Castle. The case of the Lancashire Witches and their supposed crimes interwove fact and fiction, local hostilities and more exotic ideas of witches' sabbats that were usually associated with continental witchcraft. They became a cause célèbre, like the witches of Trier and Fulda (Germany), Torsåker (Sweden) and Salem (North America).
1st Global Conference
Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative
Sunday 13th May – Tuesday 15th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
9th Global Conference
War and Peace
Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers:
The opening decade of the 21st century has seen war assume a number of new forms – new at least in relation to the 20th century. So, for instance, the West's war in Afghanistan is already longer than WW2, and shows no sign of coming to an end; the nature of those engaged in war has widened to include a variety of non-state agents; and war itself has come to include as arguably justifiable tactics and strategies previously either excluded or at least not recognised as legitimate. In short, the distinction between war and peace is becoming increasingly unclear.
CFP: Human-Animal Relationships in Literature in the Nineteenth Century, NeMLA (9/30/11, 3/15-8/12)
June 15-16, 2012
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
George Washington University,
Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Peter Hutchings
Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
"Although he was already repellent enough, there arose
from the fungous skin-growth with which he was almost
covered a very sickening stench which was hard to
tolerate... with the use of the [daily] bath the unpleasant
odour... ceased to be noticeable"
- Sir Frederick Treves