CFP: Apocalypse Now? (grad) (7/6/07; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Hanna Sommerseth

Call for papers FORUM, the University of Edinburgh postgraduate =20
journal of Culture and the Arts issue 5:

Apocalypse Now?

One day the day will come when the day will not come.
Paul Virilio

That even an apocalypse can be made to seem part of the ordinary =20
horizon of expectation constitutes an unparalleled violence that is =20
being done to our sense of reality, to our humanity.
Susan Sontag.

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The =20
pessimist fears it is true.
J. Robert Oppenheimer

 =46rom Ragnarok to Revelations, AIDS to Armageddon. How has the end of =20=

the world been conceptualised throughout human history? How has =20
science and the increased secularisation of Western society changed =20
our attitude to Armageddon? Are global warming, Bird Flu, nuclear war =20=

and terrorism the new horsemen of the apocalypse? How do the media =20
represent threat, death and disaster and how does this appeal to and =20
affect the human psyche? Do we really live in the worst of all =20
possible worlds or have we =91never had it so good=92?

Forum, the University of Edinburgh postgraduate journal of Culture =20
and the Arts asks you to consider just how nigh =93the end=94 really is, =
for our 5th issue: Apocalypse Now?

We are seeking articles from a variety of disciplines, which engage =20
with notions of apocalypse in literature, art, film, theatre, popular =20=

culture and the media. Submissions could consider, but are not =20
limited to, any of the following:
Representing the End of the World in film, literature and the arts.
The day after tomorrow: Environmental disaster
Utopian and Dystopian visions
Enter the Matrix: The end of the human in the age of the machine
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: Representations =20
of the =93state of the world=94.
Personifications of apocalypse (the four horsemen, the three fates, =20
Death and disease: HIV, SARS, Bird Flu=85
The end of history? Postmodernity and the death of grand narratives.
Climate of fear: Media representations of death and disaster.
Pre- and Post-millennial Tension: Y2K to 9/11

The deadline for article submissions is Friday 6th July 2007. Papers =20
should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and formatted in accordance =20
with the MLA guidelines and should be submitted to =20

Hanna M. Sommerseth
FORUM, the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture =20
and the Arts

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