[UPDATE] The Apocalypse and its Discontents 9/1/10; 12/11/20
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway
Whereas visions of destruction and fantasies of the end have always haunted humankind, the modern period in particular has been increasingly characterised by a mixed sense of concern and fascination with the apocalypse, and even more so during the twentieth century. Today we are surrounded by scenarios of imminent destruction and annihilation, by politicians, scientists, religious groups, and writers, among others. This conference aims to explore and even question the widespread appeal of the apocalypse and we are particularly interested in narratives that either challenge or offer alternative responses to the apocalypse.
We are seeking interdisciplinary papers exploring cultural responses to apocalypse, its discourses and counter-discourses. Topics may include (but are not restricted to):
Anti-Apocalypse, Counter-Apocalypse, Ironic Apocalypse
Utopia, Redemption and Rebirth
Commodification of Apocalypse, Death Tourism and Disaster Capitalism
Disaster and the Media
Apocalypse and Everyday Life
The Age of Terror
Global Warming and its Denial
History as Apocalypse
Endings and Aftermaths
Technology and Mass Destruction.
Please email 500-word abstracts and brief bio to all conference organisers by 1 September 2010: