Online Conference: ‘Visions of the End: Medieval & Renaissance Apocalyptic Cultures’, Marco Institute’s 17th annual symposium, 5-7 March 2021

The Marco Institute’s 17th annual (virtual) symposium will explore apocalyptic themes. During the course of three days, eleven leading scholars will discuss medieval and Renaissance responses to the Book of Revelation written by John of Patmos and the end-times he predicted. During the virtual sessions, scholars working in the disciplines of art history, history, literary studies, and religious studies will present their current research on the celestial visions and the millennial fears of pre-modern times.

The “Visions of the End” Symposium is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additional support comes from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the UT Office of Research SARIF Scholarly Projects Fund.

Registration Information:

The Symposium is free and open to the public. The 2021 Symposium will be hosted online and will require advance registration. To register click here.

Please email our Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Hodges-Kluck, at, with questions.

Conference Programme

Day 1: Friday, 5 March 2021

12:30-12:35 EST  |  17:30-17:35 GMT – Welcome

Jay Rubenstein, University of Southern California and Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee

12:35-2:15 EST  |  17:35-19:15 GMT – Prophecy & Pilgrimage

Moderator: Tina Shepardson, University of Tennessee

Stephen Shoemaker (University of Oregon) Constantine and the Birth of Medieval Apocalypticism: Imperial Eschatology in Eusebius, Lactantius, Ephrem, Aphrahat, and the Tiburtine Sybil

Kathryn Beebe (University of North Texas) Gender of the Apocalypse in the Late-Medieval Pilgrimage Works of Felix Fabri

2:15-2:30 EST  |  19:15-19:30 GMT – Break

2:30-4:00 EST  |  19:30-21:00 GMT – Images of the Beginning & The End

Moderator: Katie Hodges-Kluck, University of Tennessee

Jennifer Feltman (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) Ecclesiology and Typology in the Apocalypse Sculptures of Reims Cathedral

Roger Wieck (Morgan Library and Museum) Visions of the Beginning: The Parliament of Heaven

Day 2: Saturday, 6 March 2021

11:00-12:30 EST  | 16:00-17:30 GMT – Navigating the Apocalypse

Moderator: Jay Rubenstein, University of Southern California

Benjamin Saltzman (University of Chicago) Enigmas Near the End

Jennifer Jahner (California Institute of Technology) Apocalypse Unfurled: End-Times Management from Codex to Roll

12:30-12:45  | 17:30-17:45 – Reenvisioning The End

Moderator: Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee

Jason Stubblefield (University of Tennessee) Visions of the End: From Museum to Virtual Exhibition

12:45-1:45 EST  | 17:45-18:45 GMT – Lunch Dinner

1:45-3:30 EST  |  18:45-20:30 GMT – Visions of the End in Augsburg

Moderator: Gina Di Salvo, University of Tennessee

Laura Ackerman Smoller (University of Rochester) Reading the End in Late Medieval Augsburg: Wolfgang Aytinger’s Commentary on the Revelations of Pseudo-Methodius

Robert Bast (University of Tennessee) Prophecy as Policy: Maximilian I as Last World Emperor in Theory and Practice

3:30-4:00 EST  |  20:30-21:00 GMT – Break

4:00-5:15 EST  |  21:00-22:15 GMT – Keynote Lecture

Welcome: Theresa Lee, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, University of Tennessee

Introduction: Tom Heffernan, University of Tennessee

Richard Emmerson (Florida State University) The Apocalypse of the Duc de Berry and the Apocalyptic Great Schism

Day 3: Sunday, 7 March 2021

11:00-12:30 EST  |  16:00-17:30 GMT – Cosmos & Communication

Moderator: Anne-Hélène Miller, University of Tennessee

Brett Whalen (University of North Carolina) The End Times and the Medieval Cosmos

Mayte Green-Mercado (Rutgers University, Newark) Prophecy as Diplomacy in the Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean

12:30-12:45 EST  |  17:30-17:45 GMT – Break

12:45-1:30 EST  |  17:45-18:30 GMT Conclusions & Reflections

Jay Rubenstein – University of Southern California

About the annual Marco Symposium

The Marco Symposium is held every year in March or April. The Symposium brings leading experts in their field to the University of Tennessee for two days of talks on that year’s theme. A round-table discussion by all the participants concludes the weekend.

The Symposium is Marco’s signature event of the year, and typically attracts members of the larger Knoxville community in addition to students and faculty at UT and scholars from across the region. The theme of the Symposium changes each year. Faculty who are interested in submitting a proposal should contact


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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