We are calling for expressions of interest in a conference entitled
‘Messianism, Apocalypse and Redemption: 20th-century German Thought’ to be held at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, from Monday July 19 to Thursday July 22 2004.
We are interested in the persistent use of these essentially religious terms to express the hopes, forebodings and tasks of post-Nietzschean 20th century German thinkers. The widespread deployment of the images of apocalypse, redemption and messianism across different religious and secular faiths as well as different disciplines seems to have been indicative of the need felt by a large number of German thinkers to draw upon more archaic yet still vital speech to capture the moods and responses to the catastrophes of the first half of the 20th century.
It is anticipated that selected papers will be published in a book of the same name. Each chapter in the book will be devoted to one major German thinker and how his or her thought is informed by and contributes to the problematic of messianism, apocalypse and/or redemption. In addition we intend to inaugurate a journal along similar lines extending beyond Germany and relating it to twentieth century thought generally.If you know of any of your colleagues who may be interested in the conference could you please pass on this information.
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