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    Ann Popplestone CCC TLC 216-987-3584 ... From: Hugh W. Jarvis [SMTP:hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU] Sent: Tuesday,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2000
      Ann Popplestone
      CCC TLC

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      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@...>
      Subject: CFP: Please Post!


      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"
      social paradigm.
      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

      Beth Forrest
      Center for Millennial Studies
      Boston University
      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,
      voluntary associations
      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,
      spontaneity, tolerance
      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
      the globe.
      Problems, Weaknesses-antinomianism, instability, disappointment,
      anarchy, paranoia
      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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