Call for Papers: MARGIN Graduate Student Symposium-Apocalypse and Revelation, Deadline: 18th April 2021

MARGIN are thrilled to announce their upcoming Graduate Student Symposium on this year’s theme, Apocalypse and Revelation on May 19/20!


They are seeking submissions that touch on this theme in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, as well as their reception in later periods. Given the contemporary interest in the apocalyptic — whether political, spiritual, or medical — they are looking for papers that speak to feeling, dread, or even longing for apocalypse and/or its power to reveal in the Medieval and Early Modern periods. From the Greek ἀποκάλυψις, an apocalypse is at root a “revelation,” and this year, they hope to explore how the relationship between the contemporary vision of apocalypse and revelation, divine or otherwise, intersect, coexist, and complicate one another. Speakers are invited to address this topic from a diversity of perspectives and methodologies.

Graduate students at all levels and in any discipline are encouraged to submit abstracts for conference papers of 15 minutes. Please submit an abstract of no more than 125 words along with a short bio to nyumargin@gmail.com no later than April 18. Graduate students doing work on non-Western material are highly encouraged to submit. All panels will be held virtually over Zoom.

Submissions may focus on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Christian, religious eschatologies
  • Upheaval, destruction & disaster
  • Plague and its consequences
  • Medieval and Early Modern iconography
  • Prophetic or historicist visions
  • Epistolary and/or prophetic modes of literature
  • Allegories of spiritual paths
  • Struggle between Christians and non-Christians
  • Pseudonymity and symbolic imagery
  • Christian and/or Jewish cosmologies
  • Unveilings, revolutions
  • The year 1000
  • Apocalypticism as driving social and political change

Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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