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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

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Apocalypse Now: Apocalyptic Reception and Impact throughout History

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Our focus for 2023 will be on End Time Narratives (ETN). End Time Narratives is a new transdisciplinary approach to stories about the catastrophic end of the world order. For a long time, scholars have sought to explain the apparently universal attraction and fascination of narratives envisioning the end of the world. Such stories have remained popular across different cultures, religious traditions, and historical periods. ETN is a novel perspective, which is currently being developed by a network of scholars in various fields from across the world. Biblical scholars and historians of religion have investigated apocalyptic texts from antiquity and their later reception, while literature and media scholars, philosophers and sociologists have examined contemporary manifestations of ETNs and catastrophe narratives. Yet, historical and contemporary studies in ETNs have rarely been analyzed from a comprehensive, overarching perspective. The ETN approach is transdisciplinary at two levels: 1) by carrying out a comprehensive examination of both ancient and modern end time narratives spanning different cultures, genres, and media. 2) by combining a classical humanistic approach with the latest developments in the bio-cultural and neurocognitive sciences, with the ambition to uncover mental structures and cognitive mechanisms manifest in the structure and design of ETNs. For this session, we invite contributions focusing on “end time narratives” from different periods and contexts. We encourage methodological reflections, and, in particular (though not exclusively) approaches with an affinity to bio-cultural perspectives.

Program Unit Chairs

Ana T. Valdez
Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte

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