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The Medieval Eschatology

La Escatología Medieval

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Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

The intention of this International Conference is to provide a venue for reflecting on these as well as other eschatological issues that may be proposed. This can be done analytically or descriptively from both a practical and theoretical approach. Starting there, we can look at what their purpose was and at what meanings they have been given in different contexts and spaces. The Conference welcomes multidisciplinarity and encourages the participation of researchers from the fields of history, history of the art, literary studies, philosophy and political sciences. It is our aim to bring together different views in order to encourage a theoretical and practical reflection on eschatological concepts, their meaning and uses.

Announcement

Argument

Eschatology is one of the central components of medieval Christian culture. The end of the world, the Last Judgment, salvation, Messianism, the Antichrist, the Apocalypticism and millenarianism are inescapable elements in what we may generally describe as "Medieval eschatology". In this universe, the coming of the Antichrist antedated the Last Judgment and the end of the world. This favoured the appearance of prophecies and contributed to the shaping of a present "on standby" on the basis of a future of salvation or damnation with the Last Judgment on the horizon. This medieval eschatological scenario can be found across events, authors, texts, social movements or cultural and artistic representations.

A far as events are concerned, the early medieval fears crystallized in the "fear of the year 1000", the expectations of the end of the world during the 11th century, the "Investiture Controversy", the catastrophes associated sometimes to the Antichrist of the last emperor, the Great Schism of 1378, not to mention many other events of different nature that we can identify in a variety of settings of the Medieval Western world and which have been interpreted in eschatological terms.

In other sense, eschatological mechanisms can also be found in medieval texts, authors and thinkers. This end-of-the-world traces can be identified in Beatus of Liébana and the Asturian Chronica Prophetica but also in De Liutprand, Raoul Glaber, Adémar de Chabannes or Helgaud. After the 12th century, the speculations on the future grew more developed. Particular mention deserve Gerhoh de Reichersberg, Hildegarda de Bingen and, most particularly, Joachim of Fiore, who in the 13th century, had a lot of influence in the Franciscan order in such authors as Pedro Olivi, Ubertino of Casale, Ramón Llull, Arnaldus de Vilanova or Jean de Roquetaillade. Later, they would be joined by such figures as Vicente Ferrer, Mamfred de Verceil or Bernardino de Siena, to cite but a few. There are even some authors and texts that include eschatological principles without this being their main purpose. Such is the case of some Chronicles, Histories, Annals and other text types (treaties, mirrors for princes, travel books, etc.).

As to social movements, from the 13th century, fundamentally, a number of heretic agitation and revolts where eschatological ideas emerge have been identified. These include, for instance, the apostolici, the Beguines and Beghards, or the Hussites, among others. Lastly, the representation of eschatological images in the Beati or in illuminated texts and the representation of the Last Judgments in architecture are just the artistic manifestation of the problem that is the subject of study of this Conference.

It is therefore the intention of the International Conference "The Medieval Eschatology" to provide a venue for reflecting on these as well as other eschatological issues that may be proposed. This can be done analytically or descriptively from both a practical and theoretical approach. Starting there, we can look at what their purpose was and at what meanings they have been given in different contexts and spaces. The Conference welcomes multidisciplinarity and encourages the participation of researchers from the fields of history, history of the art, literary studies, philosophy and political sciences. It is our aim to bring together different views in order to encourage a theoretical and practical reflection on eschatological concepts, their meaning and uses.

On the basis of the above, the following will be the main pillars on which this Conference will be built:

  • The study of events (and/or their interpretations) with an eschatological component.
  • Reflecting on authors who have eschatological thinking or where eschatology is present.
  • Research into eschatological texts (Chronicles, Annals, apocalyptic treaties, sermons, commentaries, etc.), their dissemination and sources.
  • The study of the social and mental involvement of eschatology in the medieval social movements and revolts.
  • The study of medieval eschatological concepts such as time, space, salvation, fear, prophetism or Messianism, among others.
  • In-depth theoretical or historiographical research into the variety of issues mentioned above.
  • The interpretation of all things eschatological after the medieval times and in the near present (cinema, series, novel, comic and videogames).
  • The analysis of medieval plagues and of medieval plagues and their connection to the present.

Papers

Proposals for papers should be sent to the Organizing Committee before 1 April 2021. Once the proposal has been received, the scientific committee will assess it and will communicate whether it has been accepted within a week. Contributors may then register.

The submission of papers will be via email to: israel.sanmartin@usc.es by attaching a document in Word format that must include:

  •  Title
  •  Author
  •  Abstract (no more than one sheet)
  •  Brief CV (no more than ten lines)

Papers may be submitted in Galician, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, French, English and Italian.

Registration Fees

  •  Speakers: €40
  •  Attendants (with certificate): €10
  •  Attendants (no certificate): free

Publishing

The papers will be published in a book. All its chapters will be subjected to blind peer review.

Dates And Deadlines

  •  Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 April 2021

  •  Deadline for registration: 1 June 2021
  •  Date of the conference: 28 & 29 July 2021

Venue

The Conference will be held at the Faculty of Geography & History of the University of Santiago de Compostela through the platform TEAMS on 28th - 29th July 2021.

Organizing committee

Organizing institutions

  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC)
  • Departamento de Historia de la Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • En colaboración con la Sociedad Española de Estudios Medievales (SEEM).
  • En colaboración con Recerca Estudis Medievals (Universitat de Lleida)

Scientific committee

  • Luis Carlos Amaral (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
  • José Miguel Andrade (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Juan Carlos Bayo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) 
  • Pere Benito (Universitat de Lleida)
  • Mario Bosincu (Università di Sassari, Italia)
  • Cristian Bratu (Baylor University, EEUU)
  • Mercedes Brea (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Claudio Canaparo (Universidad de Quilmes, Argentina)
  • David Chao (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Rodrigo Furtado (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Matthew Gabriele (Virgina Tech, EEUU)
  • Luciano Gallinari (Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, Italia)
  • Francisco García-Serrano (Saint Louis University, Madrid)
  • Mari Luz González (Universidad de La Plata, Argentina)
  • Domingo Luis González Lopo (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Santiago Gutiérrez (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Juan Francisco Jiménez Alcázar (Universidad de Murcia)
  • Fernando López Alsina (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Pilar Lorenzo (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • José Alejandro Marín Riveros (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile)
  • Carolina Martínez (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Alicia Miguélez (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Germán Navarro (Universidad de Zaragoza)
  • Rafael Oliva (Universidad de Sevilla)
  • James T. Palmer (University of St. Andrews, Reino Unido)
  • Francisco Peña (University of British Columbia, Canadá)
  • Osvaldo Víctor Pereira (Universidad de La Plata, Argentina)
  • Ermelindo Portela (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Rogério Miguel Puga (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Manuel Ramírez (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Patricia Rochwert-Zuili (Université d'Artois, Francia)
  • Flocel Sabaté (Universitat de Lleida)
  • Rebeca Sanmartín (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Ana Suárez Piñeiro (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • María Isabel del Val Valdivieso (Universidad de Valladolid)
  • Genma Vallín (Universidade de A Coruña)
  • Adriana Vidotte (Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brasil)

Places

  • Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela - Plaza da Universidade, nº 1
    Santiago de Compostela, Kingdom of Spain (15703)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, April 01, 2021

Keywords

  • escatología, milenarismo, apocalipticismo

Contact(s)

  • Israel Sanmartín
    courriel : israel [dot] sanmartin [at] usc [dot] es

Information source

  • Israel Sanmartín
    courriel : israel [dot] sanmartin [at] usc [dot] es

To cite this announcement

« The Medieval Eschatology », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, March 13, 2020, https://calenda.org/758149

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