UNBINDING PROMETHEUS TO BUILD THE NEW JERUSALEM: MILLENNIALISM, POWER AND TECHNOLOGY

Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University

November 3-6, 2001

To register for the entire conference, contact Information: Beth Forrest, 617.358.0226 or email: bforrest@bu.edu

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2001

Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Room 101

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

7:30 PM

Apocalyptic Terrorism & American Responses

Robert J. Lifton Professor Emeritus, John Jay College, CUNY Apocalyptic Terrorism & American Responses
Round Table Responses:    
Shahla Haeri, Chair Boston Univesity  
Richard Landes Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University Apocalyptic Nodes: One Person's Messiah is Another's Antichrist
David Cook Rice University Millennial Islam: Israel and America as Apocalyptic Enemies
Charles Cameron Independent Scholar Apocalyptic Reactions on the Web: The Rapture Index Spikes
David Redles Cuyahoga Community College Reactionary Antimodernism: When Those Who Fear Modernity Master its Technology

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2001

Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Room 101 (PLENARY SESSIONS)

8:30 - 9:00 Registration, Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:30 Richard Landes, Welcome

9:30 - 11:00 NON-TRIVIAL PURSUITS

Chair: Richard Landes Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University  
Tom Idinopulos Miami University, Ohio Millenarianism and Nazism: The Fateful Consequence
Brenda Brasher Mount Union College Genesis to Matrix: AI, VR, CMC--Computer-Related Millennial Technologies and the Postmodern West
Charles Cameron Independent Scholar The Glass Bead Game

11:30 - 1:00 THE MILLENNIAL CHAT ROOM

Chair: Hillel Schwartz Independent Scholar
Rob Howard University of Wisconsin - Madison When Millennialists Talk-Back: Debate, Authority, and the End Times On-Line
Chip Berlet Political Research Associates Plots and Plans: How the Internet promotes apocalyptic conspiracism among left-wing millennialists
Michael Ian Borer Boston University Postmodern Millennialism and the Reification of Cyberspace

Lunch 1:00 - 2:30

2:30 - 4:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Religious Egalitarianism and Economic Growth

Robert Fogel, University of Chicago

Response Roundtable:

Brenda Brasher Mount Union College
Charles Lindholm Boston University
Stephen O'Leary University of Southern California
Hillel Schwartz Independent Scholar

4:30 - 6:00 GLOBALYPTIC!

     
John Reilly Independent Scholar Spengler's Future: The World after Modernity
Kenneth Keulman Loyola University The Mask of Anarchy
Chris Smith University of Wisconsin-Madison The New Economy and the Culture of Freedom

6:30 - 8:00 PROTESTANT MILLENNIALISM AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM: A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

Denis Crouzet, Universite de Paris, Sorbonne

Round Table Responses    
Chair: Thomas Glick Boston University  
Liah Greenfeld

Boston University

 

 
Stephen Karlberg Boston University  
Richard Landes Boston University  

 

Followed by the Director's Reception at the home of Richard Landes

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2001

George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave. Rooms 315 & 320

9:00 - 9:30 Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 11:00 (SELF?) APPOINTED MESSIAHS & MESSENGERS

     
Thomas Nesbit, Jr. Boston University Secular Messiahs: The Millennial Visions of William Blake and Henry Miller
Scott Lupo University of Nevada at Reno The Perils of Modernity: Herbert W. Armstrong, Technology, and Millennialism
Kenneth G.C. Newport Liverpool Hope University College "A King to Rule over Us": The Identity and Function of David Koresh in Branch Davidian Theology

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY: MILLENNIALISM IN MODERN AFRICA

     
Leslie R. James DePauw University Confronting the Apocalypse: Pan-Africanism and the Modern World
Rosalind Hackett University of Tennessee/Harvard University Not Even Buttons or Bicycles: the Millennialism and Anti-Modernism of Nigeria's Maitatsine Movement
Anthony Egan Weston Jesuit School of Theology Douglas Thompson and the Romance of Revolutionary Modernism: A South African case study in Christian Enthusiasm for Marxism

11:30 - 1:00 BOOKS OPRAH PROBABLY WON'T PICK: MODERN APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

David Cook Rice University Muslim apocalyptic writers and Christian evangelicals: the Internet connection
Joshua Eyler University of Connecticut "Science is the strongest thing there is": Technology and the Atheist's Millennium in Kurt Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle'
Tom Doyle Independent Scholar Premillennialist Apocalyptic Fiction and Technology: Co-option and Confrontation
     

NEW ECONOMIES OF APOCALYPTIC PRODUCTION: THE WAYS AND MEANS OF GLOBAL TECHNOCULTURE

Chair: Lee Quinby Hobart and William Smith Colleges  
Lee Quinby Hobart and William Smith Colleges Technomillennial Subjects: Atavists, Avatars, and Netizens
Chris Smith University of Wisconsin-Madison Of Playas and Prophets: Bearing Witness to the End Under the Sign of the New Economy
Susan Napier University of Texas at Austin Anime Apocalypse: Conveying the Unconveyable at the End of the 20th Century

LUNCH 1:00 - 2:30

2:30 - 4:30 MID-LIFE CRISIS: MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN MILLENNIALISM

Chair: Al Baumgarten Bar Ilan University  
E. R. Truitt Harvard University Ubi Naturam Vincebat Opus: The Triumph of Technology over Nature
Andrew Gow University of Alberta, Edmonton Printing, Prognostication and the Flood of 1524: Astrology and Apocalyptic Angst in the later Middle Ages and Reformation
Andrew Thomas University of Arizona The Metaphysics of Messianic Manifestations: The Quaker leader George Fox's Perspective on Jews and Judaism
Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan University of Paris IV-Sorbonne

Strength and limits of the eschatological imaginary in the late medieval Italy : the case of Venice

2: 30 - 4:00 TALKING ABOUT A REVOLUTION, WELLÉ.

Chair: Daniel Resnick Carneigie Mellon University  
Jim Block De Paul University Millennial Modernism and the Subversion of Change: Post Revolutionary America as the New Established Order
Jason D. Martinek Carnegie Mellon University "The WorkingmanÕs Bible": Robert BlatchfordÕs Merrie England And American Socialism, 1895-1900
Thomas Beebee Penn State University Golden Flying Saucers: Ernesto Cardenal and Millennial Ufology

4:30 - 6:00 VISION, SPIRIT AND MILLENNIALISM

Chair: Stephen O'Leary Univesity of Southern California  
Geoffrey McVey Syracuse University Arcanum arcanorum: The Hermetic manufacture of gods and souls
Cathy Gutierrez Sweet Briar College The Ghost in Millennial Machines: Spiritualism and the Quest for Objectivity
Carol S. Matthews University of Kansas I Meant to Be That: Post-Millennial (bio)spiritual identity (re)construction in a New Age Community

5:00 - 6:00 THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE PROPHECIES

     
James van Pelt Yale University Prometheus and the Tower: Prehistoric Prophecies of Technology as Apocalyptic Catalyst
Roger Brown Independent Scholar Promoting the Good Life for All: The Challenge to Develop Appropriate Technology

6:00 Cocktail Hour Faculty Dining Room,GSU

7:00 Banquet

8:00 Keynote Speaker: David Noble, York University

Technology and Religion

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2001

George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave. Rooms 320

9:00 - 9:30 Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 11:00 LEARNING THE POLITICS OF PARADISE

Chair: David Redles Cuyahoga Community College  
John Turner Norwich University The Hegemony of the Social and Its Impact on Higher Education: An Adaptation of the Theories of Hannah Arendt
Eric Zuesse Independent Scholar Nazi Holocaust as Restoration of Paradise
Susan Palmer Dawson College Falungong's Satyagraha: Political Activism or Millenarian Activity?

11:30 - 12:30 MILLENNIAL MOGULS

     
Jerome Shapiro Hiroshima University "The Power of Hollywood" Vs. the Powerlessness of Academia: Apocalyptic and Millennial Rhetoric in the Power-Struggle over the Bomb, the Cinema, the Culture, and Our Very Souls
Dan Noel Pacifica Graduate Institute When Epistemology Fails: Millennial Belief Meets Media Credulity
Ginger Hanks Harwood La Sierra University "Like The Leaves of Autumn:" The Utilization of the Press to Maintain Millennial Expectations in the Wake of Prophetic Failure