"This is the End": Transformations and New Beginnings

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Organization of Graduate Students of English-Northern Arizona University
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Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference 2012
Featured Theme:
"This is the End": Transformations & New Beginnings

Rumors of the end of the world have existed for as long as humans have been able to articulate fear. The year 2012 has provided us with yet another instance of this phenomenon. This year's conference will highlight our ideas about endings, beginnings, and rebirths in all of their various forms. We hope to see visions of Armageddon, conceptualizations of endings or changes in art, media, and culture, and new explorations of beginnings and endings in language studies, education, and the sciences.

February 24th and 25th
Kickoff on February 23rd
NAU University Union

We want to be very clear that we are happy to accept papers that do not fit the theme! All submissions are welcome from all disciplines.

Suggested Topics include:

• Endangered languages of the world
• New discoveries in Astronomy

• Necessary endings and new beginnings in education
• Historical representations/predictions of the end of the world

• Representations of Armageddon in media, culture, and art
• Literary explorations of the beginning and the end of the world

• Creative writing: Your visions of the future and the past
• Scientific and environmental possibilities for Earth's eventual demise

****Deadline for Submission****
December 23, 2011

Registration Fee: $10

Please contact OGSE is you have any questions regarding your submission.

English Department
PO Box 6032
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Email: kre42@nau.edu
Facebook: OGSE


The Organization for Graduate Students of English invites you to participate in the 2011 Peaks Conference, which will be held February 23rd, 24th, and 25th at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. This year's featured theme is "This is the End": Transformations and New Beginnings.

We welcome submissions for presentations, panels, roundtables, strands, and pedagogical demonstrations from ALL disciplines, on ALL topics. Your work does not have to fit the theme to be accepted!


1. For individual papers, please submit an abstract (250 words maximum) along with your name, phone number, and email address.

a. Creative Writing submissions please include an abstract plus a 1-2 page excerpt.

2. For panels, please submit

a. A proposal abstract for the panel ( 250 words maximum)

b. A brief description of each individual panelist's paper (250 words maximum)

3. If your presentation requires any visual media, please note that a computer (not Apple Compatible) is available upon request.

4. Please submit email proposals as Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .docx), and include the phrase "Peaks Conference abstract submission" in the subject line.

You may submit documents by:


Postal Mail:

OGSE, Attn: Kristie Elmore-Benefield
NAU English Department
PO Box 6032
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

In Person:

Northern Arizona University
Liberal Arts Building (18)
Room 303, Attn: OGSE/Kristie Elmore-Benefield