CFP: “The End of the World as we Know It?” A Graduate Theology Conference

[Unfortunately, I don’t know if I will be able to make this, but I promised my friend Adam Wallis that I would spread the word here at AUFS.]


The Boston University School of Theology Doctoral Student Association invites submissions to a graduate student conference titled “The End of the World as We Know It? Religious Scholarship on Apocalyptic Themes.” The conference will be held the weekend of March 23, 2012 at Boston University. The keynote speaker will be Professor John Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale Divinity School.

Apocalyptic themes fill popular media – in movies such as 2012, Know1ng, and The Road, in television series like The Walking Dead, and in the news coverage of religious groups claiming the end of the world is nigh. Apocalypticism has obvious religious implications [but] and also contains ethical, political, social, and economic dimensions. We seek to include papers that engage any of these dimensions of apocalypticism from a religious studies and/or theological perspective. Paper submissions analyzing apocalypticism through any discipline of religious scholarship (theology, biblical studies, sociology of religion, psychology of religion, religion and popular culture, ethics, etc.) are invited.

Deadline: January 20th

Proposals should consist of two pages. The first page should include your name, title of paper, university affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. The second page should contain a 250-300 word abstract outlining your presentation topic and thesis. Your abstract should indicate how your paper will incorporate the conference theme. Please do not include any identifying information on the second page of the proposal as to eliminate the possibility of bias in selection.

Presentations should be within 15 to 20 minutes long (approximately 8 doubled-spaced pages). (.doc, .docx, or .pdf files accepted) to

*All meetings will take place at

Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

*There are no registration fees for this conference.

*Tentative Schedule:

March 23: Reception, Welcome Gathering, Keynote Address

March 24: Presentations and Closing Address