Surviving the Destruction of Humanity:
The Apocalypse and its Consequences in Society
The Apocalypse Project: 5th Global Meeting
Call for Participation 2016
Sunday 8th May – Tuesday 10th May 2016
Prague, Czech Republic
The Apocalypse Project is now entering its fifth year and will be building on the ideas exchanged to date. Starting out with the Christian concept of the ‘Apocalypse’ and including the Hindu notions of the Kali Yuga, visions of destruction and fantasies of the ‘end times’ have a long history. In the last few years those attending the Apocalypse conferences have discussed these and traced the development of this subject matter from its religious and theoretical roots through to the present day with the 21st century concept of Millenarianism and all that this implies. We have noted that many aspects of public media, especially in the West, have been suffused with images of the end times, or even the end of humanity and afterward, from the zombie apocalypse (the AMC series The Walking Dead) to life after the collapse of civilization (the NBC series Revolution). Several popular television series and video games (Deep Earth Bunker) are now based on preparing for and surviving the end of the world. Once a fringe activity, ‘survivalism’ has gone mainstream, and a growing industry supplies ‘doomsday preppers’ with all they need to survive the post-apocalyptic chaos. At the same time we are able to recognize apocalyptic situations in the world around us, whether disease, famine or war, and whether natural or man-made. We also start to recognize other situations, such as climate change, migration, pollution, which have the potential to bring an Apocalypse upon mankind and threaten the survival of humanity. The Apocalypse then is more than a catastrophic end, more than a revelation and a possible new beginning. It is dynamic and evolving and as this happens it crosses and embraces disciplines, continents, cultures and languages.
One purpose of this conference is to explore these examples and ideas by situating them in context — for example, psychological, historical, literary, cultural, political, and economic. The second aim of the conference is to examine today’s widespread fascination with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic thought, and to understand its rising appeal across broad sections of contemporary society around the world, and with this to determine the practical implications of an apocalypse, together with ideas on how to disseminate and use the information gained during this meeting. To this end, it is proposed that presentations should focus more on the practical rather than theoretical aspects of apocalypse. In so doing it is hoped that as a group we can find answers to questions such as: Why do the apocalypse and other aspects of millenarianism matter? What is at stake if apocalyptic/millenarian visions are embraced, or discredited? What strategies can avoid the destruction of humanity envisaged in apocalyptic visions? What are the consequences of ignoring them? Is the end of the world really as ‘final’ as it sounds?
With this in mind, proposals for presentations, papers, performances, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to (but not limited to) the following themes:
• Decline, Collapse, Decay,
• Survivalism and Doomsday Preppers
• Crisis management
• Theorising the end of history and human destiny
• Theories of Social Change
• Peak Oil, Resource Depletion, Global Warming, Economic Collapse
• Environmental Destruction: climate change, resource depletion,
drought, deforestation, air and water pollution, etc.
• Disease – Ebola, SARS etc., Mass Death
• Sex and Gender at the End of Time
• Ironic and/or Anti-Apocalyptic Thinking
• Utopia and Dystopia
• Intentional Communities as Communities of the End Times
• Selling the Apocalypse, Commodifying Disaster, and Marketing the End Times
• Death Tourism and Disaster Capitalism
• The Age of Terror
• Post- Apocalyptic conditions: survival and rebuilding in a post-apocalyptic world
• Positive aspects of an Apocalypse, including change and transformation.
• Visions of a world without/beyond humanity
• (Re)considering the finality of ‘the end of the world’
This interdisciplinary project welcomes proposals from all disciplines and research areas, including anthropology, psychoanalysis, political economy, psychology, area studies, communal studies, environmental studies, history, sociology, religion, theology, gender studies, the Arts, biology, chemistry, physics, computer studies, and consumer studies. Subsequently we encourage submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, best practice showcases, how-to sessions, live demonstrations, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Apocalypse project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Cars in/of Culture and another project on Social Media. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 27th November 2015. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 11th December 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 18th March 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Apocalypse Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
4 eBooks and 2 paperback books have been published or are in press as a result of the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
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