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.
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.
33rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
February 8-11, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico http://www.swtxpca.org
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102 Tel: +1 505 842 1234 Fax: +1 505 843 2710
Inter-Material Affections: Intimacy and Ecology in the 19th Century
A Proposed Panel for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Berkeley, California, April 12-15, 2012
Papers exploring how Americans in the nineteenth century conceived ecology as a form of intimacy will be considered for a proposed panel for the 2012 C19 conference. Papers should explore how 19th-century conceptions of ecology aided two overlapping projects: (1) expanding possibilities for intra-human intimacies and (2) migrating intimacy beyond the interpersonal to what we might call the inter-material.
Possible areas for focus might include, but are by no means limited to:
Call for Papers, CEA 2012 | BORDERS
43rd Annual Conference | March 29-31 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011 at http://cea-web.org/
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English
studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 43rd annual conference.
Submission: August 31 - November 1, 2011
Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/
Colloquium in American Literature and Culture
New York University
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture (CALC) at New York University is pleased to announce a call for papers for our Fall 2011 events. CALC is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of new Americanist scholarship by both junior and senior researchers. In the upcoming semester, we will focus specifically on questions of American book history, aiming to provide a forum for those researching topics like material texts, print culture, and reading practices in an American context, and we encourage paper proposals by graduate students and faculty that focus on any subject relevant to these fields.
Essays, Papers, Translations, Interviews, Paintings, Photographs and Book Reviews (along with a copy of the book) on folk traditions across the world are invited for the Journal of Folklore and Oral tradition (with ISSN) to be launched in February 2012. The length of papers / essays must be between 2500 and 4000, and book reviews must be between 1500 and 2000 words.
For further details, please contact the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
For better and for worse, modernity has surely left its mark on the food we daily eat. Two hundred years ago in 1812, Bryan Donkin purchased from a London broker the patent for canning food items inside tin containers. Within the next decade canned goods were widespread in Britain and France (Robertson 123). One hundred and fifty years ago in the spring of 1862, Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard's experiments with heating liquids eventually led to pasteurized drinks—first wine and beer and then, later, milk (Greene, Guzel-Seydim, and Seydim 88).