International Congress "Medieval eschatology"

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The International Congress "Medieval eschatology" It will be held in Santiago de Compostela on July 28 and 29, 2020.

Eschatology is one of the central components of medieval Christian culture. The end of the world, the Last Judgment, salvation, messianism, the Antichrist, apocalypticism and millennialism, are essential elements within what we can generically call "medieval eschatology."

In that universe, the arrival of the Antichrist preceded the Last Judgment and the end of the world. This propitiated the appearance of prophecies and it stimulated the formation of a present "waiting" in terms of a future of salvation or condemnation with the horizon of the Final Judgment.

This medieval eschatological scenario can be found scattered in events, authors, texts, social movements or cultural and artistic representations.

As for events, we have, for example, the late medieval fears and fears crystallized in the «terrors of the year thousand«, The expectations about the end of the world during the eleventh century, the«Investiture complaint", the catastrophes sometimes associated with the Antichrist or to the last emperor, the Great Schism of 1378, or many other events of a different nature that we can locate in different spaces of the Medieval West and that have been interpreted with eschatological keys.

In another sense, we also find ourselves eschatological mechanisms in medieval texts, authors and thinkers. We can recognize these finalist traces in the Beatus of Liebana and in the Asturian Prophetic Chronicle, and also in De Liutprand, Raoul Glaber, Adémar de Chabannes or Helgaud.

Already after the twelfth century, speculation about the future underwent further evolution.

Stood out Gerhoh of Reichersberg, Hildegard of Bingen and above all, Joaquin de Fiore, which in the 13th century had great influence within the Franciscan order, in authors such as Pedro Olivi, Ubertino de Casale, Ramón Llull, Arnau de Vilanova or Juan de Rocatallada.

Subsequently, it should be added to Vicente Ferrer, Manfredo de Verceil or Bernardino de Siena among others. Even some authors and texts contain eschatological principles without this being their main conception.

This is the case of certain Chronicles, Histories, Annals, and other textual typologies (treatises, princes' mirrors, travel books, etc.).

In reference to social movements, we fundamentally identify from the thirteenth century different heretical convulsions and revolts in which eschatological ideas emerge, for example, the Apostolici, the Beguines, the Beguines or the Hussites among some others.

Finally, the representation of eschatological images in the Blessed or in miniature texts, and representations of final judgments in architecture, are the artistic version of the problem under study in this Congress.

So, through the International Congress "Medieval eschatology", we want to offer an opportunity to reflect on these and other eschatological foundations that may be proposed, both from a descriptive and analytical point of view, and from both practice and theory.

From there we can ask ourselves what its intentions have been, and what eschatological meanings have been given to it in different contexts and spaces.

The Congress has an interdisciplinary vocation, and aims to stimulate the participation of researchers from history, art history, philology, philosophy and political science.

The objective is to bring together different visions in order to promote theoretical and practical reflection on eschatological concepts, their meanings and their uses.

Based on all this, The main pillars on which the Congress will be built will be:

  • The study of events (and / or their interpretations) with eschatological charge.
  • Reflection on authors with thought or presence of eschatological matrix.
  • Research in relation to eschatological texts (Chronicles, Histories, Annals, apocalyptic treatises, sermons, comments, etc.), their circulation and their sources.
  • The study of the social and mental implication of eschatology in social movements and medieval revolts.
  • The analysis of medieval artistic representations from literature (travel books, poems, theater, etc.) and art (painting, architecture and sculpture).
  • The examination of medieval eschatological concepts, such as time, space, salvation, fear, prophetism or messianism among others.
  • The theoretical or historiographical study on the different topics exposed.
  • The reception of the eschatological in post-medieval times and in the near present (cinema, series, novels, comics and video games).


The communication proposals will be sent by the participants to the Organizing Committee before May 15, 2020. Once the proposal is received, the Scientific Committee will evaluate them and communicate if it has been accepted within a week.

Thus, the communicator may proceed with the registration and reservation of accommodation in the University Residence Service of the University of Santiago de Compostela (if it is of interest to him).

Communications will be sent to the mail: [email protected] attaching a document in Word format that includes:



-Summary (1 page maximum)

-Short CV (maximum ten lines)

Communications may be sent in Galician, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, French, English and Italian.

Registration to International Congress "Medieval eschatology"


- Attendees (with certificate): 10 euros

- Attendees (without certificate): free


The communications will be published in a book. All of its chapters will pass a blind peer review.


- Until May 15, 2020: receipt of proposals.

- Until June 15, 2020: registration for the congress.

- July 27 and 28, 2020: Congress celebration.

Venue of the International Congress "Medieval eschatology"

It will be held at the Faculty of Geography and History on July 28 and 29, 2020.


The organizing committee has managed the reservation of rooms with the University Residency Service. The price will be 33 euros for a single room and 53 for a shared one. We will provide directions on booking and paying for rooms soon.

Here you can access the Congress website.

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