(Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are in the McBride Room of the Numen Lumen Pavilion)

Thursday, Feb.9

4:00: Welcome, Brian K. Pennington, Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society

4:15-5:15: Session 1: Apocalypse and Temporal Imagining 

Amy Allocco, presider

  • William Sherman (Stanford University), “Apocalypse, Again: Language and Repetition in a Qur’anic Imitation”
  • Arun Chaudhuri (York University), “Hindu Nationalist Futures and the Perpetual Imagination of the End”

5:45-6:45: Keynote Address: David Cook (Rice University), “‘Every Time a Horn Goes, Another Replaces It’: Cyclicality and Conquest in Muslim Apocalypticism” (McKinnon Hall, Moseley Student Center)

7:00: Dinner (McKinnon Hall, Moseley Student Center)


Friday, Feb. 10

9:00-10:00 Session 2: Apocalypse and Social Cohesion

Pamela Winfield, presider

  • Bob Royalty (Wabash College),“The Glorious Appearance Daily at 4:30 pm: Tensions and Contradictions in Contemporary Christian Apocalypticism”
  • Robert Glenn Howard (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Apocalypse Failed?: Vernacular Authority in a New Age Religious Movement”

10:00-10:45: Coffee, Sponsored by Religious Studies Department

10:45-11:45: Session 3: Apocalypse and Gender in Popular Culture

Ariela Marcus-Sells, presider

  • Megan Goodwin (Syracuse University), “Gendering the End Times: ‘Apocalypse, Apocalypse, We Caused It with Our Dumbness’”
  • Kristian Petersen (University of Nebraska Omaha), “The Shadow of the End: An Islamic Horror Film”

12-1:30: Lunch (Belk Pavilion 208)

1:30-2:30: Undergraduate Research Poster Session (Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion)

3:00-4:30: Session 4: Apocalypse as Contemporary Ideology

Tom Mould, presider

  • Matthew Sutton (Washington State University), “Billy Graham’s End of Days: The Mainstreaming of Fundamentalist Apocalypticism”
  • Jonathan Herman (Georgia State University), “Meet the New Age, Same As the Old Age: Vanishing Millenarianism in the Western Appropriation of Daoism”

6:00 Reception & Dinner: Home of Brian Pennington and Amy Allocco


Saturday, Feb. 11

9:00-10:00 Session 5: Apocalypse as Queer Unveiling

Evan Gatti, presider

  • Lynn Huber (Elon University), “‘Pulling Down the Sky’: Queer Interpretation of Revelation and the Apocalypse of Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs”
  • Kent Brintnall (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), “The Politics of Revelation: Unveiling Negativity in the Work of Lee Edelman and Georges Bataille”

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:30: Concluding Analysis and Discussion

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