The Apocalypse and Its Discontents

A One Day Conference at the University of Westminster

Saturday 11 December 2010

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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

  • Commodifying the Apocalypse

  • Death Tourism and Disaster Capitalism

  • Media Events theory: Disaster and the Media

  • Apocalypse and Everyday Life

  • The Age of Terror

  • Global Warming and Its Denial

  • Disaster Fiction/Movie

  • History as Apocalypse

  • Trauma theory

  • Viral Terrorism

  • Endings and Aftermaths

  • 2012

  • Technology and Mass Destruction

Please email 500-word abstracts and brief bio to all conference organisers by 1 September 2010:

Dr Monica Germanà, [email protected]

Dr Aris Mousoutzanis, [email protected]

Chistopher Daley, [email protected]

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