December 21 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people believe this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, the end of the world as we know it: a shift to a new form of global consciousness. 2012: Reflections on a Mark in Time brings together for the first time a range of scholarly analyses on the 2012 phenomena grounded in various disciplines including religious studies, anthropology, Mayan studies, cultural studies and the social sciences. 2012: Reflections on a Mark in Time will show readers how much of the 2012 phenomenon is based on the historical record, and how much is contemporary fiction. It will reveal to readers the landscape of the modern apocalyptic imagination, the economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity. This collection brings much-needed academic rigour and documentation to a subject of rapidly increasing interest to diverse religious and other communities in these crucial closing years before we experience what will be either a profound leap in the human story or, less dramatically, just another mark in time.
A number of key researchers of the 2012 phenomenon have already signed up to be part of this unique edited collection. I am seeking to commission a further few chapters to complete the volume. Please send an abstract for proposed contributions of around 200 words and a CV by 1 March 2009 to: Joseph.Gelfer@arts.monash.edu.au. Please include “2012” in the subject line.
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