Academic Conferences on Millennialism

This page is a forum for advertising upcoming national and international academic conferences related to millennialism and apocalypticism. If your institution is sponsoring an upcoming event or if you know of an upcoming event please email the CMS and we'd be happy to advertise it below along with appropriate links.

The Gannett Lecture Series: September 14, 2000  - May 3, 2001

Citizenship in the Millennium

Rochester Institute for Technology

Apocalypse and the Vision of Medieval Rulership

October 21, 2000

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

On Saturday, October 21, 2000, a one-day symposium entitled "Apocalypse and the Vision of Medieval Rulership" will be held at Harvard University under the auspices of the Graduate School of Design and the Committee on Medieval Studies. Six speakers will present papers concerned with the ways in which Saint JohnÕs Book of Revelation and other apocalyptic texts inspired and shaped the expression of rulership in the European Middle Ages.

The meeting will be organized by Christine Smith (Graduate School of Design), and Michael S. Flier and Alfred Thomas (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures). Besides textual references from contemporary history, literature, liturgy, and ritual, the participants will pay particular attention to the implementation of the visual arts, including architecture, as a means by which political ideology was manifested, not only among ruling elites in Western Europe, but in Central and Eastern Europe as well, specifically the German lands, Bohemia, and Muscovite RusÕ.

For more information, please contact Maureen Jennings in the Department of Architecture at (617) 496-1234 or via e-mail at .



published by THE DAVIES GROUP Series

Description: This series will provide a forum for scholarship at the nexus of religion and history in which the contexts and consequences of change are examined. Monographs in this series will employ innovative methods in the study of religion. Forthcoming titles will explore pivotal historical moments, or propose alternative readings of history. While maintaining the standards required in scholarly research, works in this series will be accessible, engaging, and suitable for use in the undergraduate classroom.

Proposals should be no more than five pages in length, and must include: 1. A three page description of your project, including a statement of your thesis and a narrative explication of the historical/geographical context of your study 2. A one page selected bibliography 3. A one page preliminary table of contents Proposals will be reviewed by the series editors. Full monographs (approximately one hundred pages in length) should include footnotes and should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

Please submit one copy of your proposal to each of the following:

Cathy N. Gutierrez Department of Religion Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar, VA 24595

Lisa J. Poirier Department of Comparative Religion Miami University Oxford, OH 45056

Questions may be emailed to or to


Call for Papers

Labor and the Millennium:  Class, Vision, and Change
Twenty-Second Annual North American Labor History Conference
Wayne State University, October 19-21, 2000

The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference invites proposals for panels and papers on the theme, Labor and the Millennium,  for our twenty-second meeting to be held October 19-21, 2000, at Wayne State University in Detroit. 
Suggested themes:

Labor and the Future  The globalization of national economies historically and in the present, its impact on the workforce and the labor movement in 
the United States and internationally; the effect of technological change; mechanization, automation, urbanization and the effect on the environment;
shifts in the character, place, and timing of work--whether waged and salaried or contract, paid or domestic; internationalism and international
labor solidarity.

Class and the Millennium:  Utopianism, Utopian Communities, Class Visions of the Future  Historical analysis of utopian socialist movements, 
utopianism in radical politics, utopian communities; imagining the future among labor activists or labor unions or from a working class perspective--and the intersection of these with future imagining about gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexuality; efforts to shape or mold future labor and class relations.

Working Classes and Millennial Movements  Historical analysis of working class participation in millennial, religious revivalist, or fundamentalist
movements--in the United States, comparatively, or internationally; the role of class in shaping millenarian social movements; the connection between
millennialism and revolutions based on class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race, and/or nationality.

Class, Work, and Science Fiction How historical or contemporary science fiction has envisioned the future of work and the evolution of the class
structure; the importance of class or radical ideologies in shaping  science fiction/fantasy genres; connections between science fiction and
radicalism--on class and/or gender, race, and sexual terms; working class writers and/or audiences and science fiction, as written or filmed; the 
class content of science fiction in the mass media.

The Future of Labor History and the Future of Academic Labor The future of labor and working class history and the future of academia, how 
disciplines and institutions are changing in the new millennium to alter academic work and/or shape institutions of higher education, and the future of academic labor unions and labor relations in academe.

Please submit panel and paper proposals (including a 1-2 page abstracts and cvs for all participants) at the latest by March 15th, 2000, to

Elizabeth Faue, Coordinator, North American Labor History Conference Department of History, 3094 Faculty Administration Building
                Wayne State University, Detroit, MI  48202
                Phone:  313/577-2525; Fax:  313 577-6987
                Email inquiries:,

The North American Labor History Conference is sponsored by the 
Department of
History, the Walter Reuther Library, the College of Liberal Arts, and the
College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, Wayne State University.
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