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This session looks at zombies, including as they were defined by Night of the Living Dead, filmed in NeMLA’s host city Pittsburgh by local director George Romero.
While the zombie genre risks growing torpid (so to speak), it also has cemented itself as an area of study with easily discernible approaches and themes: zombies as representative of biological contagions, as commentary on mental lethargy in the social media age, as symbolic of neoliberal economics, and more. This panel will explore the following questions: How have zombies changed in recent years, in their composition, narrative format, and metaphorical status? What new insights can be garnered looking to earlier conceptions of the zombie, and conceptions from Haiti and around the world? How have zombies served as commentary on medicine, social media, anti-intellectualism, economics, and society?
Please submit 300-word abstracts, along with a short bio and any audio-visual requests, online before September 30, 2017, at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16935. Email questions to Derek McGrath, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 49th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will meet April 12 to 15, 2018, at Pittsburgh’s historic Omni William Penn. More information is available at http://www.nemla.org.
Derek McGrath, University at Buffalo