2012 DSA Conference


Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 23

5-6pm Registration and Information (1st floor STH)

6 pm – Opening Session (Room 325)

Adam Wallis, Boston University
Welcoming Ceremony and Boston Area Information

7 pm – Panel 1: Cultural Apocalypticism (Room 325)

Moderator: Kathryn House, Boston University

Andrew Tripp,  Boston University
“The Limits of Apocalyptic Narrative Space”

Bharat Ranganathan, Indiana University
“Grimes, Spiegelman, and ethics for end times”

Melissa Ann Greggs-West, ECPI University–Medical Careers Institute
“We Are Our Own Damnation: The Rise of the Zombie Film and the Start of our Demise”

A. David Lewis, Boston University
“New Jerusalem Postponed: Revelation and Darnall & Ross’s Uncle Sam Graphic Novel”

Wesley Dalton, Boston University
“Beyond the Zombie Apocalypse: On the Limitations and Possibilities of Apocalypticism in the Popular Imagination”

Saturday, March 24

9 am – Continental Breakfast (Room 325)

10 am – Panel 2: Apocalyptic Theology (Room 115)

Moderator: Adam Wallis, Boston University

Dan Mages, Golden West College
“Why Jesus Thought God Could Delay the Imminent Coming of the Apocalypse”

Troy Mack, Drew University
“The Nonsense of Apocalypse: Apocalyptic Language, Myth, and the Failure of Politics”

Nathaniel A. Maddox, Princeton Theological Seminary
“Beyond the Alienation of an In-Breaking God: the Christ-World Relation in Dietrich Bonhoefer’s Ethics As a Critical Challenge to Apocalyptic Theology”

Greg P. Van Buskirk, Boston University
“John Wesley’s Practical Eschatology”

12 pm – Break for Lunch

1 pm – Panel 3: Practices of Apocalypticism (Room 325)

Moderator: Jessica Hittinger Chicka, Boston University

(via Skype) Omer Michaelis, Tel Aviv University
“Approaching a World Without Us: The Case of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav”

Ian Mevorach, Boston University
“Christian-Muslim Relations, Eschatology Considered”

Jordan Miller, Salve Regina University
“To Blind or to Reveal? On the Emptiness of Apocalypse in Radical Theology”

Song Bok Jon, Boston University
“Preaching the End of the World or the New World?”

3 pm – Plenary Address (Room B-19)

Dr John Collins, Yale Divinity School
“Radical Religion, and the Ethical Dilemmas of Apocalyptic Millenarianism”

Respondent: Dr David Frankfurter, Boston University

5 pm – Presenter and Planner’s Dinner (STH 325)

6 pm – Panel 4: Apocalyptic Texts (Room 115)

Moderator: Ryan Knowles, Boston University

Stephanie Riley, Boston University
“An Interpretation of the Holy, Whole Body in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”

Alexis Felder, Boston University
Sects, Sex, and Seduction: The Woman in 4Q184

Kathleen Troost-Cramer, Boston University
“Does Apocalyptic Literature Really Predict the End of the World? A Discussion of Some Relevant Texts”

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, Union Theological Seminary
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It, Not the End of the World: Apocalyptic Literature as Trauma Narrative”

Timothy A. Gabrielson, Marquette University
“Responding to the End of the World: Rethinking the Implications of Apocalyptic ‘Pessimism'”

8 pm – Reception and Closing (Room 325)

Sponsored by the Center for Practical Theology

Additional Information:

*All meetings will take place at:

Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

*There are no registration fees for this conference.