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Published on Monday, June 17, 2013 by Luigia Parlati


A three-day, international conference on prophecy in early modern Europe and the Mediterranean world. To be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 26–28 June 2014.



The Reformation dramatically changed Europe’s religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similarly, Spanish and Italian mystics promoted a spiritual regeneration of the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. Prophecies, whether of biblical, ancient or popular origin, as well as their interpretations gradually began reaching a wider audience, sparking controversies throughout all levels of society across Europe. In recent years, new research has eroded the long standing historiographical consensus of an increasing secularisation accelerated by the Enlightenment, which allegedly cast away beliefs in prophecies and miracles as outmoded. The multiplication of case studies on millenarian movements suggests a radically different picture, yet many questions remain. How did prophecies evolve with the politico-religious conjunctions of their time? Who read them? How seriously were they taken?

This three-day, international conference will aim to answer these questions by bringing together scholars from around the world to reassess the importance of prophecies from the Reformation to the French Revolution and beyond. We therefore invite papers and panel proposals on prophecy in Europe and the Mediterranean world between approximately 1500 and 1800. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: apocalyptic predictions, the Antichrist, millenarianism, irenicism, wonders and miracles, astrology and divination, ecumenical movements, religious utopias, mystical networks, enthusiasts and female mystics.‌

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Irena Backus (Geneva)
  • Prof. Nigel Smith (Princeton)
  • Prof. Christopher Rowland (Oxford)

Other confirmed speakers include

  • Federico Barbierato
  • Jürgen Beyer
  • Vittoria Feola
  • David Finnegan
  • Crawford Gribben
  • Jacques Halbronn
  • Warren Johnston
  • Nick McDowell
  • Jo Spaans

Submission guidelines

Proposals for 20-minute papers in English (maximum 300 words) are invited, and should be sent  to either of the conference organisers:

by 31 October 2013


This three-day international conference will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 26–28 June 2014.

Organisers/Scientific Committee

  • Ariel Hessayon, Senior Lecturer, Department of History Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Lionel Laborie, Visiting Research Fellow Department of History Goldsmiths, University of London


  • London, Britain


  • Thursday, October 31, 2013


  • prophétie, millénarisme, astrologie, mysticisme, apocalypse, miracles


  • Lionel Laborie
    courriel : lionel [dot] laborie [at] uni-tuebingen [dot] de
  • Ariel Hessayon
    courriel : a [dot] hessayon [at] gold [dot] ac [dot] uk

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Information source

  • Lionel Laborie
    courriel : lionel [dot] laborie [at] uni-tuebingen [dot] de

To cite this announcement

« Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500 – c.1815) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, June 17, 2013, https://calenda.org/253201

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