Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture (2/11-14, 2015 ; Abstract Due Nov 1) [Update]

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Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture
Area of the 36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.
February 11-14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

Our area now includes “dystopia”! The Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture Area is calling for papers about anything apocalyptic, dystopic, or disaster-related. This can be in movies, television, literature, graphic novels, or any other cultural examples of disaster, dystopia or the end.

Once again, this year did not disappoint in these topics, from The 100 to Under the Dome to Divergent to Pompeii. So why are we so obsessed with ending it all? Why do humans keep coming back to these same types of stories? What cultural fears do the works represent? What are the positives that come out of these kinds of works? This area is interested in all types of theories, both real world and fictional.

Please note that this area is specifically for those papers related to the apocalypse, dystopia, and/or disaster. For example, there is now a separate Zombie Culture area, so if it’s about the “zombie apocalypse” it goes here, but if it is just about zombies, then it goes to that area.

Abstracts are due by November 1st and should be submitted to the submission database found at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org/

Ideas for topics on Apocalypse and Disaster (There are too many for a Comprehensive List):

New Works: Sharknado 2: The Second One, The Giver, Godzilla, The Last Ship, The Leftovers, Resurrection, The Strain, Snowpiercer, Helix, Dominion, The 100, Mad Max, Starcrossed

Film and TV: Under the Dome, Revolution, Divergent, Defiance, Sleepy Hollow, Elysium, Oblivion, World War Z, Sharknado, This is the End, After Earth, Pacific Rim, Adventure Time, Olympus has Fallen, Melancholia, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, Terminator, 2012, The Core, Daybreakers, Zombieland, Independence Day, Night of the Comet, Armageddon, The War of the Worlds, End of Days, Last Night, 12 Monkeys, The Road, Dark Angel, Jericho, Children of Men, The Matrix, Crimson Tide, Invasion, V, Contagion, Dante’s Peak, The Island, The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Literature: Brave New World, Infinite Jest, Oryx and Crake, Breathe, World War Z, Divergent, Pesthouse, The Road, Children of Men, Alas Babylon, The Stand

Graphic Novels and video games: Y:The Last Man, Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead

Real examples: “Doomsday Preppers” television documentary, Bath salt “Zombie” attacks, Hurricane Katrina, Tsunami, East Coast Earthquake, Tornadoes, Haiti, Aurora and Newtown Shootings, Atomic culture.

Religious Apocalypse: Revelations and other religious apocalyptic texts, the Left Behind Series, Rapture Insurance.

Or any other works/topics related to apocalypse, dystopia, or disaster!

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