Fri 27 Jun 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
This special issue of LiNQ invites contributors to investigate the symbolism of the apocalypse. The word ‘apocalypse’ derives from the Greek word for ‘revelation.’ What do representations of the apocalypse reveal about and to contemporary culture? As LiNQ is a journal based in regional tropical North Queensland with a global reach and a 42-year history, the editors are particularly interested in how regional imaginaries of the apocalypse are different to urban ones. We call for academic articles and creative submissions (fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poems) that explore visions of the apocalypse on a personal, cultural, or global level:
-How can the apocalypse be understood? As a parable, past event, prophecy or the natural end to human history?
-What do past apocalyptic visions, such as nuclear fallout or Y2K, reveal about the cultures from which they emerge?
-What is the significance of recent phenomena such as representations of the zombie apocalypse?
-What is the relationship between scientific data, such as that on climate change and disease, and cultural visions of the apocalypse?
-How have extreme weather events shaped visions of the apocalypse?
-Are writers of the apocalypse suffering from the Cassandra Complex, prophesising visions of the end of the world doomed to be unheard?
-What happens when we suffer world endings on a personal level or suffer a crisis of existentialism or solipsism?
Submissions should be no longer than 6000 words. Please identify whether your work is fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry or an article for peer review. Include a brief abstract of the article or creative submission (no more than 75 words) and a 50-word biographical note. Book reviews of no longer than 1000 words are also welcome. Please follow MLA citation style and format. All contributions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced, with 12pt font. All images used must be with permission only. Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed. Hard-copy submissions are not accepted and will not be returned. Send your submissions to the appropriate email address. Deadline extended until 31 July 2014 for scholarly submissions.
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