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Prophetism and the New World in Early Modern History II

Posted By Marco Volpato, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Organizers: Marco Volpato and Victor Tiribás

Deadline: 1 June 2017

This panel consists of a series of two sessions concerning the topic of the New World and prophetism in the 16th and 17th centuries. The aim of these sessions is to explore the evolution of the prophetic discourse in the Early Modern period. Emphasis shall also be placed on prophetism as a key element in dealing with the difficulties of fitting the New World into biblical history, linking Christianity and Judaismmillenarianism and messianism. Papers that draw on original sources with an interdisciplinary approach are welcome. For instance, inquisitorial trials, manuscripts and printed documents which circulated in Europe and in the colonies, iconographic materials and theological texts.

The second panel invites papers to discuss the consolidation and the effects of the 16th century on the 17th century prophetism, reflecting on its influence on the eschatological meaning of the Diasporas (of Jews, New Christians and Moriscos). For instance, the cases of Pernambuco and Suriname seen as “Colonial Jerusalem”; the re-elaboration of theories on the origins of the American Indians or the rise of innovative exegetical interpretations; the readmission of Jews in Cromwell’s England, led by Menasseh ben Israel; the identification of Portugal as the Fifth Empire by António Vieira and the possibility of making an history of the future”; the emergence of false prophets who were put to trial (or not) by the Inquisition.

Submissions Guidelines

Submissions should be sent by June 1st 2017 to Marco Volpato ( and Victor Tiribás (, and should include the following information:

  • paper title (15 words max)
  • abstract (150 words max)
  • relevant keywords
  • short curriculum vitae (300 words max, NOT in prose form)
  • audiovisual requirements

Tags:  Diasporas  eschatology  global empires  New World  prophetism  religious overlapping 

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