The Apocalyptic Year 1000
History and Historiography
An International Conference
Boston University
November 3-5, 1996
to register, contact
The Center for Millennial Studies
at the Department of History, Boston University
704 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 503B
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 353-5238
E-mail: info@mille.org

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 3

The Historian and the Chronographer: Facing a Millennial Date


The Science and Psychology of Millennial Dating, 9:00 - 10:45

Chair
Thomas Glick, Boston University
"AD 1000"
Richard Landes, Boston University
"5000 AM (AD 1240)"
Yisrael Yuval, Hebrew University
"1000 AH (AD 1591/2)"
Cornell Fleischer, University of Chicago
"The Skies of the Year 1000"
Bradley E. Schaefer, Yale University

Millennial Generations: The Impact of Sustained Apocalyptic Time, 11:00 - 12:45

Chair
Clifford Backman, Boston University
"Chronological Eschatology and the Rabbis"
Oded Irshai, Hebrew University
"Europe, AD 1200-1233"
Gary Dickson, University of Edinburgh
"Europe, AD 1500-1533"
Denis Crouzet, Université de Paris, Sorbonne

Lunch, 1:00 - 2:00

Art of the Millennium, 2:15 - 4:15

Chair
Seraphím Moralejo, Harvard University
"Otto III and the Apocalypse"
Susan von Daum Tholl, Simmons College
"Peintures murales de l'Apocalypse"
Yves Christe, Université de Genève
"Misreading the Apocalypse and the Romanesque"
Stephen Nichols, Johns Hopkins University
"Symbols, Signs, Seals"
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, University of Maryland

Keynote Address, 4:30 - 5:45

COM 101, 640 Commonwealth Avenue

Umberto Eco, Università di Bologna

"Waiting for the Millennium: Apocalypse as Experience, the World as Text"


Monday, November 4

The Millennium in Learned Discourse

GSU Metcalf Hall/Small Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue


Stalking the Signs, 9:00 - 10:45

Chair
Margaret Cormack, College of Charleston
"Apocalyptic Commentaries"
Guy Lobrichon, Collège de France
"II Thessalonians"
Steven Cartwright , Western Michigan University
"Preparing for the End: On the Vices and the Virtues"
Richard G. Newhauser, Trinity University

The Very Moment, 11:00 - 12:45

Chair
Robin Fleming, Boston College
"Otto III, Gerbert, and the Year 1000"
Benjamin Arnold, Reading
"Apocalypse and Reform in Anglo-Saxon England"
William Prideaux-Collins, Boston College
"The Antichrist in England"
Malcolm R. Godden, Pembroke College, Oxford

Lunch, 1:00 - 2:00

Culture in the Millennial Age

Chair
R.I. Moore, University of Newcastle-on-Tyne
"Vices and Antichrist"
Conrad Leyser, University of Manchester
"Antichrist and Anti-Judaism"
Daniel Callahan, University of Delaware
"Liturgy, the Jews, and the End of Time"
Regula Meyer-Evitt, San Francisco State University
"Music, Community, Notation at the Turn of the Millennium"
James Grier, Yale University

Banquet, 6:00

Faculty Dining Room, 775 Commonwealth Avenue


Tuesday, November 5

Millennial Movements and Social Mutation

GSU Metcalf Hall/Small Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue


Reform as Failed Apocalypse, 9:00 - 10:45

Chair
Paula Fredriksen, Boston University
"Reform and Apocalyptic Expectation"
Johannes Fried, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
"The Peace of God, Church Reform, and Communes"
David van Meter, Boston University
"Peut-on parler d'Apocalypse clunisienne?"
Dominique Iogna-Prat, Centre d'Études Médiévales (Auxerre)
"The Interaction of Apocalyptic and Reform Ideologies: Adso to Joachim"
E. Randolph Daniel, University of Kentucky

Cultural Mutations & Punctuated Equilibrium, 11:00 - 12:45

Chair
Dean Robert Neville, Boston University
"Reading Punctuated Equilibrium in a Lacunary Record"
Stephen J. Gould, Harvard University
"Apocalyptic Time & Acceleration of Social Change"
Adam Seligman, Boston University
"The Peace of God as Millennial Movement"
Richard Landes, Boston University

Lunch, 1:00 - 2:00

Cultural Mutations (Round Table), 2:15 - 4:15

Chair
Paul Hyams, Cornell University
Fred Paxton, Connecticut College
Geoffrey Koziol, University of California, Berkeley
Thomas Head, Washington University
Thomas Bisson, Harvard University
R. I. Moore, University of Newcastle-on-Tyne


End of official conference.

Particpants

Benjamin Arnold, Reading University Dominique Iogna-Prat, Centre d'Études Médiévales (Auxerre)
Clifford Backman, Boston University Oded Irshai, Hebrew University
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, University of Maryland Geoffrey Koziol, University of California, Berkeley
Thomas Bisson, Harvard University Richard Landes, Boston University
Daniel Callahan, University of Delaware Conrad Leyser, University of Manchester
Steven Cartwright, Western Michigan University Guy Lobrichon, College de France
Yves Christe, Université de Genève David van Meter, Boston University
Denis Crouzet, Université de Paris, Sorbonne Regula Meyer-Evitt, San Francisco State University
E. Randolph Daniel, University of Kentucky R.I. Moore, University of Newcastle-on-Tyne
Gary Dickson, University of Edinburgh Michael Moore, Wellesley College
Cornell Fleischer, University of Chicago Richard G. Newhauser, Trinity University
Paula Fredriksen, Boston University Stephen Nichols, Johns Hopkins University
Johannes Fried, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt Frederick Paxton, Connecticut College
John Gager, Princeton University William Prideaux-Collins, Boston College
Malcolm R. Godden, Pembroke College, Oxford
Stephen J. Gould, Harvard University Bradley E. Schaefer, Yale University
James Grier, Yale University Adam Seligman, Boston University
Thomas Head, Washington University Susan von Daum Tholl, Simmons College
Paul Hyams, Cornell University Yisrael Yuval, Hebrew University

Tuesday night there will be an additional session, not on the subject of, but related to the year 1000, to be held at Hebrew College in Brookline and aimed at a larger public, entitled:

Israel and the Antichrist

Jews in the Christian Endtime Scenario

Chair: Fran Malino (Wellesley College)
John Gager, "Disappointed Apocalypse and AntiJudaism in Christian Origins"
Paula Fredriksen, "It's not the End yet! Augustine on Tolerating the Jews"
Richard Landes, "Al Hakim, Antichrist of 1010: Jews in the Grammar of Christian Apocalyptic"
Denise Despres, "Cult of the Virgin, End of Time, and Jews"
Andrew Gow, "The Red Jews and Popular Christian Apocalypticism"
Steven Katz, "Nazism, Apocalyptic Mentalities, and the Final Solution"
Comment: R.I. Moore.


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