#CFP Special Issue on Apocalypticism in the 21st Century

Here’s a natural follow-up to yesterday’s post, one not inappropriate for the “Revenge of the 5th” even if it is not as directly connected with the occasion as yesterday’s post was. Bob Royalty shared this call for papers for a special issue of the open access journal Religions, of which he will be the guest editor, and which I know that numerous readers of this blog will be interested in:

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Apocalypticism in the 21st Century

Dear Colleagues,The 21st century is almost 20 years old. We are long past Y2K and somehow survived both Harold Camping’s predictions for May 2011 and the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012. But the steady drumbeat of climate change continues to sound underneath the ever-louder clanging of right-wing political denials of global warming. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight in January 2018. Evangelical Christians embrace the current U.S. administration as part of God’s plan and look to the End Times. Whither apocalypticism? And where will apocalyptic studies go next? This special issue will collect essays by emerging and established experts in apocalyptic studies, broadly conceived, asking and answering these questions. We are looking for new methodological and theoretical inquiries, transnational and other comparative studies, and research on fresh or ignored areas within apocalyptic studies. In addition to more established methods such as cultural, ethical, feminist, literary, social and theological approaches, we seek studies employing newer and less represented methods such as disabilities studies, ecological and environmental criticism, and queer and transgender studies. And we seek articles that broaden the range of apocalyptic studies, both temporally and geographically. New and junior scholars are strongly urged to submit papers.

Please share this call for papers and I look forward to reading your submissions.

Prof. Dr. Robert M. Royalty, Jr.
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charges(APCs) of 550 CHF (Swiss Francs) per published paper are fully funded by institutions through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative, resulting in no direct charge to authors. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

See the journal’s website for more information here: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Apocalypticism

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  • Given that apocalyptic claims generally tend to be immanent, it’s ironic that one could make an exhaustive study of apocalypticism in just about any century since Jesus’s claims of immanent apocalypse.

  • John MacDonald

    I think the world will end when I take over the world and am nominated “Anti-Paladin, Arch-Fiend, Dark Lord of the Sith: Darth Abomination!” I will reveal that Jesus’ message of loving others was actually a scam by a warrior God who sent Jesus to deceive people. Whoever adopts Jesus’ message and professes faith in Jesus would be damned to Hell, and whoever displays lust for power and wealth despite what Jesus said and tried to sell with his magic/miracles will have “passed the test” and will gain access to the Elysian Fields at the general resurrection of souls at the end of days! lol

    • John MacDonald

      Happy “Revenge of the 5th.”