Through a Glass Darkly Symposium


Through a Glass Darkly VIII will take place on 12-14 October 2023, and for the first time will be co-hosted by Colorado College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The conference organizers are Carol Neel (Colorado College), Regula Evitt (Colorado College), Colin McAllister (UCCS), and Roger Martinez (UCCS). This year's title is: 'O tempora! O mores!': Mediaeval Apocalypticism and Beyond.

The study of humankind's fascination with the apocalyptic worldview is a vast field which has increased in interest over the last three decades with the approach and passing of the start of a new millennium. It is a subject that spans cultures, religions, time, and space, and one that resists easy categorical definition. In Through a Glass Darkly, scholars and artists gather each year to deliver presentations and engage in dialogue.

Through a Glass Darkly was founded in 2015 and is directed by Colin McAllister from the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2018, Lorenzo DiTommaso of Concordia University Montréal joined as Co-Director. Through a Glass Darkly has been generously underwritten by the UCCS Humanities Program, the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the UCCS Department of History, the UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life, the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University Montréal, and the School of Religious Studies at McGill University, and a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada.

2023 Schedule
2023 Presenters

Symposium Directors

Colin McAllister is Director of Humanities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His publications include the Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature, a translation of the Cambridge Glossa in Apocalypsin (Corpus Christianorum in Translation, Brepols) and—with Lorenzo DiTommaso—Music in the Apocalyptic Mode (Brill, 2023). 

Lorenzo DiTommaso is Professor of Religions & Cultures at Concordia University Montreal. He studies apocalypticism from the biblical apocalypses to contemporary apocalyptic manga and anime. Among his current projects is the mediaeval Antichrist, for which he has received a five-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His new book, The Architecture of Apocalypticism, the first volume of a trilogy, is forthcoming for Oxford University Press.


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Colin McAllister