PMR 2019, October 18-20.
Faith in History: Time, Narrative, History, Apocalypse
Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow
University of Bristol
Huisking Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame
“And these are the generations…” Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are saturated from their origins with a sense of time and history, but making sense of time and history is difficult. Similarly, as scholars of pre-modern culture, whatever our field or focus, we face the difficulties of telling the story of the diverse and complex interactions of faiths and cultures across Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation eras. PMR 2019 will focus in its plenary theme on questions of history and historiography – how does faith appear in history? And can we have faith in history?
While, as is our custom, the call for papers will be open, scholars are encouraged to propose papers and panels on the premodern Mediterranean and European cultures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, on their own sense of history and time, on the apocalyptic sensibility, the theology and philosophy of history, on their narrative forms of discourse. In addition, scholars are encouraged to propose papers or panels on the historiography of Late Antiquity, Medieval Studies, and the Early Modern period – can we still tell a compelling story of these periods, even as our understanding grows ever more complex?