« The conference organizers welcome responses to the following topics and questions by scholars from across geographies and disciplines:
- How do human beings narrate their experiences of (natural) catastrophes? Can there be an other-than-human narrative? In which ways do the experiences of catastrophes shape human-nonhuman relationships? What role does the sublime play in (human) narration of catastrophe?
- How do texts and artifacts produced in the wake of catastrophes from ancient times to the present support, expand, or challenge shifting definitions of sublime experience? To what extent is sublimity a relevant category across the centuries and across cultural and geographical regions?
- Which artists, forms, genres, and media are addressed in the canonical discourses of the catastrophic sublime—and which are omitted? How might the exploration of different modes of experiencing catastrophes enrich these discourses?
- How have oral and mythological traditions engaged with sublimity and catastrophe and which viewpoints have influenced cultural narrative throughout history? How might these perspectives enrich or complicate contemporary catastrophe narratives?
- What is the relevance of the concept of sublimity in fields beyond the arts and humanities? Which fields may contribute to exploring narratives of catastrophe and the sublime? »
Date limite de soumission : 15 janvier 2023.
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