SWEET IN THE MOUTH, BITTER IN THE STOMACH:

APOCALYPTIC DISAPPOINTMENT AND ITS MILLENNIAL MUTATIONS

 

NOVEMBER 2-4, 2002

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, BOSTON MA

 

November 2, 2002

Sargent College of Allied Health, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Room 101

7:30 PM

Greater Israel, Oslo and the aftermath: case study of extravagant hope and disappointment

Gershom Gorenberg, The Jerusalem Report

Motti Inbari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Moshe Halberthal, the Hartman Institute, Hebrew University

David Cook, Rice University

 

November 3, 2002

Sargent College of Allied Health, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Room 101 and 102

8:30 - 9:15 Coffee and Registration

9:15 - 9 :45

Welcome -- Richard Landes, Director, Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University

 

10:00 - 11:30

ANALYZE THIS

Social Psychological Theories and the Failure of Prophesy

Leslie Downing, SUNY - Oneonta, NY

A Cultural History of Dissonance Theory

Glen McGhee, GCCC

The Anti-mutational Impulse of Nomonic Representation: an Evolutionary View of Nihilistic Optimism

David Kydd, Pacifica Graduate Institute

 

PRINTED EPHEMERA, ON THE BIG SCREEN, ON THE SMALL SCREEN

Don't Worry, The End Is Still Near: The Eternal Apocalypse of the Tabloids

Amelia Carr, Allegheny College

The Left Behind Series: Apocalyptic as Polemic

Heath Carter, Georgetown University

Apocalyptic Exhaustion on the Cusp of the New Millennium in the Films Bulworth and Shitsurakuen

Jerome Shapiro, Independent Scholar

 

11:45 - 12:45

SEPTEMBER 11TH

Chair: Carol Delany, Stanford University

Apocalyptic Interpretations of 9/11

Michael Christensen, Drew University

The Paradox of Paradigmatic Plasticity: On-line End-times Discourse After September 11, 2001

Robert Howard, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

2:15 - 3:45

RIGHT WING

Chair: Lee Quinby, William and Hobart College

Waiting for God, Oh:

Hell; there's no fury like scorned

Millennialists

Chip Berlet, Political Research Associates

Paul’s Failed Prophecy: Rewriting the End Times of Abortion

Carol Mason, University of Pittsburgh

To Be Or Not To Be: Evaluating the Linkage of Apocalyptic Disappointment to Fundamentalism

Brenda Brasher, Independent Scholar

 

APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

Kingdoms of This World: Defeated Millennium, Pseudo-Millennium, and Dystopic Millennium in Fiction of the Americas

Thomas Beebee, Penn State University

Time for Premillennialist Apocalyptic Fiction

Tom Doyle, Independent Scholar

A "conspiracy leveled against the animate world": Postmillennial Despair in Contemporary American Fiction

James Hewitson, University of Toronto

 

4:00 - 5:00

ANTISEMITIC ATTITUDES

Jews and Judaism in Christian End-Time Scenarios: Hard-wired Hatred or Irenic Itineraries?

Andrew Gow, University of Alberta

Millennial Dreams and Restoration Realities: A Study of the Quaker George Fox's

use of Jewish Customs to Criticize English Society in Restoration England

Andrew Thomas, Purdue University

 

THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

The Beast and its Image: Adventist Apocalyptic Theology after the ‘Great Disappointment’

Annie Parker, University of Iowa

Time and Again: Postponing the Apocalypse in Mormon Scripture

Cathy Guiterrez, Sweet Briar College

 

6:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Eli Sagan, Professor Emeritus, Brandies University

The French Revolutionary Terror: Betrayal By and Rage At the Failure of Impossible Millenarian/Utopian Expectations

7:30 -- Director's Reception

 

Monday

GEORGE SHERMAN UNION, 745 COMMONWEALTH AVE., THIRD FLOOR

8:30 - 9:00 coffee

9:00 - 10:30

MILLENNIALISM IN YOUR BACK YARD

Millennialism and Century's End in New York State

Nezka Pfeifer, Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies

Breaching the Millennial Threshold: Century21 and the "Battle in Seattle"

Michelle Dent, New York University

Whatever happened to Pre-Millennial Tension? Why apocalyptic believers ignored the year 2000

Damian Thompson, London School of Economics

Not Too Terribly Disappointed: From Millennium 73 to Y2K and Beyond

Charles Cameron, Independent Scholar

 

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY

The Free Energy Movement and Millennial Technology

Fred Nadis, University of Texas

The Pharmakon of the Apocalypse

Patrick Fuery, Curtin University, Western Australia

Kelli Fuery, Curtin University, Western Australia

The Deflating Power of Progress: A Nietzschean View of the Millennial Promise of Science

John Turner, Norwich University

 

10:45 - 11:45

LEGACIES of the GODDESS and of the MESSIAH

Millennialist Wicca: A Look into the Future

Shawn Arthur, Boston University

‘Transformed By Truth’: How the Worldwide Church of God Dealt With the Prophetic Legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong

Scott Lupo, California State University

 

MEDIEVAL MILLENNIALISM

The Triumph of the Apocalypse in Beowulf

Amy Tector, University of Western Ontario

The Saint Who Was Wrong: Vincent Ferrer's Failed Apocalyptic Prophecy in the Fifteenth-Century Imagination

Laura Smoller, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

 

12:15 - 1:15

Remembering Dan Noel

Daniel C. Noel, a regular attendee of these conferences, died suddenly on August 21st, at his home in Summerland, California, as he was preparing to fly to Vermont to spend time with friends and family. Please bring a brown bag lunch and join John and his daughter as we celebrate Dan's life and life's work.

The Pleasures of Intellectual Friendship

John R. Turner

The Nature and Future of Belief: Dan's Work In Progress

Rebecca R. Noel

 

1:30 - 2:30

ATTITUDE OF JEWS and MUSLIMS

Translating the End: It Ain't Over Yet

Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University

The Recovery of Radical Islam in the Wake of the fall of the Taliban"

David Cook, Rice University

The Oslo Accords and the Temple Mount: A Case Study of the Movement for the Establishment of the Temple

Moti Inbari, Hebrew University

 

MILLER'S CROSSING

"Prophecies shall fail" (1 Cor 13.8): Davidians, Branch Davidians and (dis)confirmation of Belief

Kenneth Newport, University of Liverpool

Millenarian Disappointment and Adventist Appointment: Developing a Taste for the Here and Now

Ginger Harwood, LaSierra University

 

2:30 - 4:00

GLOBALIZATION AND A SPECIFIC PLACE ON THE GLOBE

For Better or For Worse: The Culture of Globalization and the Apocalyptic Tradition

Leslie James, DePauw University

A Genealogy of the Countdown of Time

Hai Ren, Bowling Green State University

When the End is a Beginning: Contemporary Apocalyptic Representations

Maria Leppaakari, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

 

SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

From radical puritan to Baptist dissent: English nonconformity and the Experience of Defeat

Crawford Gribben, Trinity College, Dublin

Francis Bacon: An Archetypical Mutation

Steve Matthews, University of Florida

In the Shadow of 1600

Geoffrey McVey, Miami University, Ohio

 

4:30 - 6:00

THE INTERSECTION OF POLITICS AND RELIGION

After the Third Age: Eschatological Elements of International Postwar Fascism

John Reilly, Independent Scholar

"I will today again be a prophet…" Hitler’s 1939 Extermination Prophecy and The Timing of the Final Solution in 1941: a Millennial Studies’ Approach

David Redles,

Alternative Apocalyptic Narratives of the Alevi religious community in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir, Harvard University

 

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Old Believer Calculations of the Endtime in 17th-Century Russia

Michael Pensenson, Bowdoin College

From Sweet Rapture to Bitter Reality: The Ronsdorf Zionists and their Impact on Millennialism

Claus Bernet, Free University of Berlin

Apocalytpic Disappointment and Theatre -- the Case of Wierszalin

Mariusz Czaja, Jagiellonian University, Poland

 

6:00 Cocktail Reception/Banquet -- Faculty Dining Room, George Sherman Union, 5th Floor

Stephen O'Leary, Co-Founder, Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University & University of Southern California

 

TUESDAY

CMS Seminar Room/Library -- 704 Commonwealth Ave. Room 102

Round table discussion of Millennial Studies