Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes – Formerly Disaster Culture

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Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes

In a hyper-mediated global culture, disaster events reach us with great speed and digital detail, and we begin forming, interpreting, and historicizing catastrophes simultaneously with people worldwide. Are we inside the era of disasters or are we merely inundated by mediated accounts of events categorized as catastrophic? Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes offers a forum for this question and critical approaches surrounding the culture of disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and apocalypses in global art, literature, media, film, and popular culture. Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes will address broader disciplinary topics and intersections of humanities, musicology, social science, literature, film, visual art, psychology, game studies, material culture, media studies, and information technology.

History and disasters
Disasters and media
Disasters in popular culture
Time and temporalities of disasters
Representations and narration of disaster
Disasters and personal narratives
Apocalyptic imaginaries
Disaster aesthetics
Cultures of risk and uncertainty
Disaster metaphors, concepts and symbolic forms
Ethics of disasters
Politics of disaster
Natural disasters in climate rhetoric
Disaster literature and art
Notions of national identity through disaster representation
Portraying suffering in news, digital culture, literature, and TV
Affective responses to disaster in local, national, and global contexts
Celebrity humanitarianism and disaster engagement
Distinctions between man-made and natural disaster
Disaster capitalism
Public, private, and nonprofit responses to disaster
The ideological and financial interests of global capitalism in the recovery process
Global warming
Hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods
Epidemics, pandemics, and disease

Robert Ficociello
University of Nebraska Kearney
Thomas Hall 109C
905 W. 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68849
Robert Bell
Loyola University
Department of English
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 50
New Orleans, LA 70118