RECSO Conference CFP: Imagining Apocalypse

The Destruction of Pompei and Herculaneum, John Martin, 1822. Photo: © Tate, London [2015]

Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford invites proposals for a one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held at Oxford University on 18 June 2021 on the subject of ‘Imagining Apocalypse’. A plenary lecture will be given by Professor Fiona Stafford (Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford).

The conference aims to bring together academics from across English, History, Theology, History of Art, and Music to reassess the numerous responses to the idea of apocalypse produced during the long eighteenth century (1660-1830).

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The French Revolution as apocalyptic
  • Millenarial cults, the Bible, and prophecy
  • The summer of 1816 and apocalyptic anxiety
  • Secular doomsday and apocalypse without millennium
  • Scientific predictions concerning the end of the world
  • The figure of the ‘Last Man’
  • Parodies and satires of apocalypse
  • The apocalyptic city
  • Apocalypse as ‘unveiling’
  • Post-apocalypse
  • The legacy of long eighteenth-century depictions of apocalypse

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to [email protected] no later than Sunday 28 February 2022 along with a short biographical note. Proposals for roundtables and panels, as well as traditional 20-minute papers, are welcome.

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