The Iberian Peninsula represents a rich and mostly unexplored world, especially in relation to religion. A good example of Iberian self-identity can be found on some of the people's expectations about the future and how it was to be related with the official religion. This session will discuss the different forms of utopia, namely those related to millennial, messianic and apocalyptic hopes that influenced not only the Peninsula, but also the setting of the New World, among Christians, Jews, Moors and other groups. We intend to explore specific characters as well as broader social movements. For example, studies of the Portuguese Sephardic community or the works of Avravanel, the mysticism found among Jesuits or the concepts of Fifth Empire of António Vieira, or Catholic expectations of the end of times in Spanish and Portuguese territories that were ater reflected in the colonies of the New World.
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