FW: 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MILLENNIALISM (fwd)
- Ann Popplestone
From: Hugh W. Jarvis [SMTP:hjarvis@...]
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Subject: CFP: 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MILLENNIALISM (fwd)
Contact details below. Hugh
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Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 15:29:44 -0400
From: Center for Millennial Studies <cms@... <mailto:cms@...>
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CALL FOR PAPERS!
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MILLENNIALISM
Swords into Ploughshares:
Mass Enthusiasm, Peace Movements and Tranformational Millennialism
October 28 - 31, 2000
Boston University, Boston, MA
Our fifth call for papers in millennial studies focuses on the forms of
millennial thinking that attributes important elements in the creation of
the messianic or utopian age to human effort, whether divinely,
ideologically, or messianically inspired. Although some of these forms can
become violent and totalitarian, the focus on this year's conference is on
the socially creative and constructive forms of these activist millennial
drives, those aiming for a collective leap for humanity to a "new" or "just"
The relationship of such millennialism to the creation, sustaining, and
transforming of civil society is a particularly welcome topic, enabling us
to explore the hypothesis that civil society is, on a number of important
occasions, the product of a "successful" millennial movement. This does not
mean that the violent and coercive dimensions of millennialism are not
relevant, since no millennial manifestations have avoided such elements
entirely, and contributions to the interaction between these strands of
millennialism are welcome. The focus, however is on those millennial
manifestations that contribute to the starting of public transformational
waves, to the kinds of movements to which they give rise to the NRMs and
voluntary associations they create, and , finally to the various landings
that such movements have upon returning to the world of normal time, stable
human relations, and realistic expectations about long-term human behavior.
Abstracts due June 1, 2000
Send 1 page abstracts and 1 page CV with summer and fall contact information
Center for Millennial Studies
704 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 205
Boston, MA 02215
or via fax: 617.358.0225
or via e-mail cms@... <mailto:cms@...>
Questions? Call 617.358.0226
Contributions welcome from all disciplines within and from outside the
academy. Contributions can range historically and geographically from the
ancient past to the global present.
ALL presenters are required to register, pay registration cost, and are
responsible for travel and lodging costs.
Travel grants are available for those who would otherwise be unable to
When submitting your abstract, please inform us if you will only be able to
attend if you receive a travel stipend.
Possible Topics Include:
Popular Peace Movements-Peace of God, Great Alleluia, Flagellants,
Great Awakening, Taiping Revolution
New Religious Movements (NRMs) and Revitalization Movements-
Quakers, Anabaptists, Sufis, Bahais, Ghost Dancers, Taiping
Forms of Transformational Spirituality-amnesty, emancipation,
jubilee, atonement, singing and dancing, bahkti waves, covenantal,
Pacifist Ideologies-apocalyptic genealogies, theories of justice
and the toleration of the "other"
Social Mysticism-Micah/Isaiah, Francis of Assisi, Tomasso
Campanella, William Blake
Public Millennial Manifestations-great awakenings, public
collective experiences, pilgrim waves, mass penitential
reconciliations, mass conversions
Social and Psychological Manifestations-"great awakenings,"
conversion phenomena, communalism, social and educations reforms,
narcissims, megalomania, anxieties of vulnerability and temptations of
Cultural Manifestations-humor and subversive laughter, millennial
poetry and song, street theatre, political iconoclasm and messianic
icons, public discourse, public media and the technology of communication,
antinomian and ascetic sexuality
Thetoric and Exegesis-forms of semiotic arousal the the "proofs"
offered, readings of prophetic texts, relationships between urgency
and patience, owl/rooster encounters, role of emotion and passion,
The Media-media as creation of, contribution to, and interaction with
transformational millennialism, media's role in civil society, in both
conspiracist and anti-conspiracist narratives, media and Y2K.
60s as a Millennial Movement, 1968/9 as a Millennial Moment- various aspects
of the dynamic of the last transformational millennial wave to sweep around
Problems, Weaknesses-antinomianism, instability, disappointment,
Post-apocalyptic Landings-covenantal societies, experiments in
sovereignty, holy wars for territory, for dominion, new religious
movements, political reforms/revolutions, totalitarianism, non-apocalyptic
Millennial Theory and Methodology-mimetic theory, punctuated
equilibrium and epidemiological theory in cultural evolution,
historical reconstruction, cognitive dissonance theory, chaos and models
of self-organizing behavior, psychoanalytic theory
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