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Eschatology and Art 1850-2000

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Posted by: ASCHA
Deadline: Tue, September 4th, 2018

Waiting for the End of the World: Eschatology and Art 1850-2000.

New York University.

Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Co-sponsored by the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA) and the Department of Art History, College of Arts & Sciences, New York University. Our keynote speaker will be Pepe Karmel.

Historical forces and personal motivations compelled many avant-garde artists, working across a spectrum of materials and visual methods, to directly employ or obliquely reference themes of the Last Judgment and the Apocalypse. Over a century that saw two world wars, economic booms and devastating depressions, the rise and fall of ideologies of left and right, the threats of nuclear annihilation and ecological degradation, artists frequently turned to eschatological imagery to visualize the experience of modern life.

The Last Judgment described in the sacred texts of the Abrahamic religions threatens damnation and promises redemption for both the individual and society. This symposium explores ways that apocalyptic beliefs and imagery have informed the work of avant-garde artists from all regions of the globe. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers of original research that explore questions such as, but not limited to: What different visual languages have artists used to address the idea of the end of the world? What meanings have they found in the eschatological narrative? How are cultural differences and similarities manifested in their work? To what extent is the teleological narrative of modern art a disguised, secular version of a theological narrative?

Symposium organizers Amy Hamlin (St. Catherine University) and James Romaine (Lander University) welcome proposals of no more than 300 words. Proposals should be submitted, with a cover letter and 2-page C.V. by Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Dr. Hamlin and Dr. Romaine

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