Apocalyptic anxieties were a common feature of early modern Eurasia. From India to Iberia, the circulation of prophecies and multiplication of messianic movements transformed the social and political orders for Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike. Yet these phenomena have tended to be studied exclusively within their particular religious traditions. Through a cross-cultural approach, the participants of this symposium will explore the implications of these radical claims to authority both within their historical contexts and for the wider field of early modern history. The aim is to set a common analytical language that is perceptive to shared features, particularities, and connectivities.
This symposium also includes and opening lecture by Kenneth Mills: A ‘City of Penitence': Narrating the Apocalyptic Voice of San Francisco Solano
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Department of History, International Institute, Institute for the Humanities, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, and Rackham Graduate School.