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Prophetism and the New World in Early Modern History I

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 Judaism, millenarianism 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 first panel invites papers to discuss aspects of the prophetic discourses on the New World formulated in the 16th century Europe, colonial Indies and Iberian/Mediterranean environment (between Christians, Jews, Moriscos and New Christians).

Papers may focus on (but are not limited to) the following aspects:

  • prophetism and the interpretation of the discovery of the New World;
  • the role of the Indies in the construction of a Providential history;
  • prophetism as a link between the New and the Old World;
  • prophetic and eschatological interpretations of the American Indians and their origins;
  • prophetism in theological-political thoughts and systems, related to concepts like translatio ecclesiae and the dialectics of destruction and renovation;
  • prophetism and global empires.


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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