Based on the theology blog coverage, one almost got the impression that the only things happening in Montreal this past November (other than Zizek-Altizer, of course) were sessions on theology and apocalyptic. Websites were set up. Superlatives were liberally employed to describe what was happening. Maybe I misinterpreted the energy surrounding this, but I had the sense that people were intending to point out something of an "apocalyptic turn" in theological work. It seems logical- there's no question that it's a hot topic, and Nate Kerr's study has received a lot of sustained attention over the past year or two, at AAR and elsewhere. On a cruder level there has certainly been a wider pop-cultural fascination with the whole concept.
But as the call for papers for AAR 2010 comes out, I don't see an apocalyptic group listed. Are there plans for a 2010 presence? As I understand it, the purpose of the Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic venture was to feel out the possibility of adding a new consultation to the AAR roster. Is something like this still a few years down the road? Or was there a decision that such a consultation wouldn't be pursued? I haven't run across anything from the organizers about what's going to happen.
While much of the current revival on this topic isn't my personal cup of