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Meeting Program Units

2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

Requirements for Participation

Apocalypse Now: Apocalyptic Reception and Impact Throughout History


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: In the second year of this seminar (2020), the focus will be on evil protagonists (or: antagonists) in eschatological scenarios, eschatological figures, such as the Antichrist, the Lamb, the Mahdi, the two martyrs, the emperor, et cetera. How are these figures shaped in the sources at our disposal? What is the role they play in the eschatological narrative-building process? The methodology of this seminar intends to focus on the interplay of three elements in particular: 1) authoritative texts and/or traditions used by a particular group in particular texts; 2) the ways in which existing materials are combined and harmonized; 3) the relation to the perceived crisis depicted in the text(s) under scrutiny. This methodology leads to questions such as these: Which existing traditional apocalyptic materials are incorporated in the description(s) of the occurrence of such an antithetical-figure? How does the harmonization of existing traditions lead to a renewal of eschatological motifs? What is the function of these figures in the rhetoric of the eschatological discourse in which they play a role? In 2020, the seminar will organise two sessions: one closed session for which the presenters will be invited, and one open session where scholars may apply for participation. Please make sure to focus on antichrist-figures and look for the roots of the incorporated traditions, for their rhetorical function, and for the way(s) in which their figures are contextualized in the eschatological setting that the group under scrutiny assumes.

Program Unit Chairs

Ana T. Valdez
Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte

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