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2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Session One (jointly sponsored with Bible and American Popular Culture Section and Bible and Film Section): Time, Spectacle, and Apocalypticism in Popular Culture. There is an attraction to apocalyptic time and rhetoric that make them perennial favorites in United States' culture. The media and publication hype surrounding the year 2000 is a good example of how apocalyptic fear and anticipation can dominate popular discourse. By 2011, however, one might have expected that Americans were now in "normal" time where apocalyptic expectations were less dominant. This, however, is not the case. In this jointly sponsored session we will examine current discourse in popular culture concerning the year 2012. Although this anticipation is usually grounded in interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, proponents are often quick to link their expectations to biblical passages as well. Such interpretations represent the flexibility of the apocalyptic imagination in spite of the disappointment that post-apocalyptic (post-2000) time inevitably brought.

Session Two: Revelation Matters The John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts, Ancient and Modern Group invites papers related to the theme ‘Revelation Matters: Ten Years after Reading Revelation in the Ruins by Steven Friesen.’ Using Friesen’s work as a starting point, submissions should engage the role of material culture in understanding the Book of Revelation and its significance. How has attention to the artifacts, spaces and places of the Roman world shaped our understanding of this text and how might this methodological impulse continue to influence our critical understanding of Revelation?”

A third session will be a panel on recently published books on the Apocalypse.

Program Unit Chairs

Lynn R. Huber
Jean-Pierre Ruiz

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