The study of apocalyptic thinking, and especially the understanding of its historical antecedents and contexts, is one of the primary keys to understanding the cultural history of the past two millennia. At the same time, it is in itself a vital discourse in its historical context, within the wider theological, historical, and literary dynamics of antiquity.
For further exploration of this subject, the University of Zurich is organising an international conference, which will be held at the Monte Verità Conference Centre in Ascona, Switzerland, from 16.07. to 19.07.2023.
We seek to discuss aspects of research in apocalyptic thinking with two areas of focus:
Questions of interest include:
We seek to navigate questions of how eschatological urgency and longue duree, literature of crisis and political countermovements, and other such intellectual notions interacted with each other in ancient literature and thought.
Invited guests include leading researchers from a range of disciplines, including biblical studies, Greek and Latin philology, Egyptology, Iranistics, Ethiopian studies, and Ancient History, working in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others.
The deadline for the submission of proposals for papers is December 1st, 2022.