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[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 7:42pm
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

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?

ACLA 2012 :: The Corpse and Catastrophe

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:05am
Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers) & David Sherman (Brandeis)

Call for Papers: The Corpse and Catastrophe
ACLA 2011: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change
Providence, RI | 29 March-1 April 2012

Seminar Organizers: Karen Elizabeth Bishop (Rutgers University) and David Sherman (Brandeis University)

This seminar will examine the corpses in and of literature, including the catastrophic meaning of corpses. Papers with aesthetic, ethical, political, and historical dimensions are welcome, and might address a range of questions:

13th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness (March 2012: Prague; Czech Republic)

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:04am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

13th Global Conference
Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness

15th March - 17th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
Hitler. Spitzer. Torquemada. Weiner. Genghis Khan. Lucrecia Borgia. Ronald Reagan. Ivan the Terrible. Bill Clinton. What do all these people have in common? They are all considered "evil" by a few, some, many, or all others who know anything about them. Why? What makes them evil? Or even just plain old "wicked?" What makes them not-evil or not-wicked? How does the label "evil" or "wicked" change our estimation of them? How has the use of those labels for these folk — and others — changed over time? How will the use of these labels continue to evolve?

2nd Global Conference: Urban Popcultures

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:12am
Dr Rob Fisher/ Inter-Discipinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Urban Popcultures

Friday 9th March- Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore
and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project
will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and
alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popultures and
subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally
theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and
political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are

[UPDATE] Shakespeare and the Natural World, March 29-31, 2012 (Abstracts due October 1, 2011)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:34am
Jennifer Park and Katie Walker / The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recently Shakespeare studies have taken a "natural" turn. With the advent of ecocriticism and posthumanist thinking, a "green Shakespeare" has begun to emerge. The purpose of this conference is to consider the construction, politics, and history of the trope of "nature," both in Shakespeare's works and in current Shakespeare scholarship. Papers for this conference may consider animal studies, early modern zoology, bio-politics, climate theory, geohumoralism, food, medicine, botany, demonology, and more. Our aim will be to discuss a variety of questions: What constitutes early modern environmental studies? How did early modern writers define "nature," as opposed to supernature, or preternature, or culture?