Through a Glass Darkly Symposium

The 2022 Through a Glass Darkly Symposium will be held in Montréal, Quebec

Watch the 2021 proceedings on YouTube.


Through a Glass Darkly VII: Symposium on Apocalyptica returns in person on 14-16 October 2022, and for the first time will take place in beautiful Montréal, Quebec, co-hosted by the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University and the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. Lorenzo DiTommaso, Colin McAllister, and Gerbern Oegema are the conference organisers. This year's theme is: 'Revelation Rebooted: The Commentary Tradition on the Revelation of John'.

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 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 and the UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life.

The 2022 edition is made possible by a generous grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada.

2022 Schedule
2022 Presenters

Symposium Directors

Colin McAllister is 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-- Dies irae, dies illa: Music in the Apocalyptic Mode (Word and Music Studies, Brill, forthcoming). 

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