November 2nd - 5th 2002 Boston University, Boston, MA USA
Millennial movements become visible primarily in apocalyptic time, and often do not get noticed until the failure of their expectations. The conviction that "the time has come" galvanizes believers into public action, the vanguard of those now ushering in the millennium. But when the awareness dawns that these were not the end-times, disappointment sets in and with it the cognitive and emotional dissonance of prophecy failed. It is with this disappointment that scholars primarily deal: the retrospective narratives, the apologetic literature and preaching that finesses once passionate beliefs in the imminence of the End.
The final topic for the CMS' conference series addresses the ultimate epistemological question of the field -- how disappointment (and hence prior visions of hope) affects the behaviors and discourses of millennialists and the way outsiders view and write about them. The range of topics, as always, spans both the history of mankind and all cultures, from theory to the minute particulars.
Scholars from all disciplines are invited. Individual papers or complete panels accepted.
Center for Millennial Studies
704 Commonwealth Ave.
Phone: (617)358.0226 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://mille.org
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