CFP: [General] 2012 edited collection

full name / name of organization: 
Joseph Gelfer
contact email: 
Joseph.Gelfer@arts.monash.edu.au

2012: Reflections on a Mark in Time
An edited collection to be published in 2010 by Equinox Publishers.

December 21 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B’ak’tun
cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people
believe this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, the
end of the world as we know it: a shift to a new form of global
consciousness. 2012: Reflections on a Mark in Time brings together for the
first time a range of scholarly analyses on the 2012 phenomenon grounded in
various disciplines including religious studies, anthropology, Mayan
studies, cultural studies and the social sciences. 2012: Reflections on a
Mark in Time will show readers how much of the 2012 phenomenon is based on
the historical record, and how much is contemporary fiction. It will reveal
to readers the landscape of the modern apocalyptic imagination, the
economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of
countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity. This collection brings
much-needed academic rigour and documentation to a subject of rapidly
increasing interest to diverse religious and other communities in these
crucial closing years before we experience what will be either a profound
leap in the human story or, less dramatically, just another mark in time.

A number of key researchers of the 2012 phenomenon have already signed up
to be part of this unique edited collection. I am seeking to commission a
further few chapters to complete the volume. Please send an abstract for
proposed contributions of around 200 words and a CV by 1 March 2009 to:
Joseph.Gelfer_at_arts.monash.edu.au. Please include “2012” in the subject line.

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