"The Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney was invited to open a third branch for the Centre for Millennial Studies (the first of which was initiated by Professor Richard Landes at Boston University, USA in 1999), with an ‘open brief’ that reflected the various interests of its Director, Professor Garry W. Trompf. The third branch was at first focused on the sociology and cross-cultural study of millenarian hopes (particularly in Melanesia, where Trompf concentrates much of his research) and on the controversy surrounding the so-called 2YK “bug.” Over time, the scope of research broadened and changed, so that the third branch, having fulfilled its function at the University of Sydney, was eventually closed. The Institute for Millennial and Apocalyptic Studies (IMAS) represents an exciting new chapter in millennial and apocalyptic research overseen by Professor Trompf, whose vision encompasses all that takes in the idea of a new millennium in general, so that work on apocalyptic-type issues (whether historical or contemporary) now sits alongside research into the idea of a ‘new Era of remarkable possibilities.’ Indeed, IMAS covers the broad sweep of millennial and apocalyptic expectation and experience, from ancient religions such as Zoroastrianism, intertestamental Judaism, early Christianity and Gnosticism, to medieval millennialism, apocalypticism, and eschatology, and to contemporary religious, secular, ecological and technological trends."
IMAS members, links and publications.
Garry W Trompf FAHA
Emeritus Professor in the History of Ideas
Adjunct Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies
IMAS Director, Founder
Areas of Specialisation: Millennial and Apocalyptic Studies, Macrohistory in the Western Tradition
Dr Mario Baghos
Areas of Specialisation: Patristic Eschatology, Medieval Apocalypticism
Mr Chris Baghos
Areas of Specialisation: Celtic millennialism
Associate Professor Michael Broderick
Areas of Specialisation: Apocalyptic Themes in Mass Media
Professor Hilary Carey
Areas of Specialisation: Christian Apocalyptic, Medieval History and Culture
Protopresbyter Dr Doru Costache
Areas of Specialisation: Visionary Experiences and Apocalyptic Cosmology
Dr Bernard Patrikios Doherty
Areas of Specialisation: Montanism, New Sectarian Apocalyptic Ideas
Mr Ian Dunn, FRAS
Areas of Specialisation: Asian millennialism
Revd Dr Raúl Fernández-Calienes
Areas of Specialisation: Visions for Churches in the Third Millennium
Websites: St Thomas
Professor Iain Gardner, FAHA
Areas of Specialisation: Manichean Apocalyptic Beliefs, Gnostic and Coptic Studies
Professor Norman Habel
Areas of Specialisation: Biblical Interpretation and Eco-Justice in the Third Millennium
Websites: Personal Website
Dr Christopher Hartney
Areas of Specialisation: Ideas of the Millennium in the Latin Classics
Dr Penny Keable
Areas of Specialisation: Apocalypticism and the Nuclear Threat
Dr Mehrava Marzbani
Areas of Specialisation: Zoroastrianism’s Views of the Future
Mr Ramin Marzbani
Areas of Specialisation: Limiting the Environmental Footprint of Computers
Professor Ganzibra Brikha Nasoraia
Areas of Specialisation: Mandaean and Comparative Ancient Gnostic Ideas about the Future
Dr David Pecotic
Areas of Specialisation: Time in Modern Gnostic Thought
Dr Lee Skye
Areas of Specialisation: Tradition and Christian Aboriginal Ideas about Time and the Future
Dr Keith Suter
Areas of Specialisation: Politics and Religion in the New Millennium
Dr Friedegard Tomasetti
Areas of Specialisation: Anthropological Study of Cargo Cults
Dr Dennis Walker
Areas of Specialisation: Muslim Minorities, especially Nation of Islam
Professor Jonathan Wooding, FRHistS
Areas of Specialisation: Celtic Apocalypses
Relevant Writings and Publications of IMAS Members
Sharpe, Eric. The Quest for the Kingdom of God: A Study in the History of a Vision, ed. Brigitta Sharpe. Religion, Politics and Society 4. Delhi: ISPCK + Centre for Millennial Studies, 2014.
Skye, Lee Miena. Kerygmatics of the New Millennium: A Study of Australian Aboriginal Women's Christology. Voices from the Edge 4. Delhi: ISPCK + Centre for Millennial Studies, 2007.
Fernández-Calienes, Raúl (ed.), The Asian Church in the New Millennium. Voices from the Edge 2. Delhi: ISPCK + Centre for Millennial Studies, 2000.
Publications of the Centre for Millennial Studies (Sydney Branch) under Prof. G. Trompf
Baghos, Mario. ‘Apocalypticism, the Year 1000, and the Medieval Roots of the Ecological Crisis.’ Literature & Aesthetics: the Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics (SSLA) 26 (2016) 83-102.
Broderick, Michael. Nuclear Movies. Jefferson: McFarland & Co., 1991.
Carey, Hilary M. (ed.). Millennium Special Issue of Journal of Religious History 24:1 (2000).
Costache, Doru. ‘Forma Ultima a Lumii in Apocalipsa Sfantului Ioan Teologul: Creatie, Istorie, Mantuire si Biserica.’ Buletinul Centrului pentru Dialog intre Stiinte si Teologie (Craiova: Editura Mitropoliei Olteniei, 2002) 117-161.
Doherty, Bernard. 'A Deadly Pursuit? Dangerous Ideas at the End of History.' St Mark’s Review 237 (2016) 64-85.
Habel, Norman. An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible? Adelaide: ATF Press, 2009.
Gardner, Iain and Sam Lieu (eds). Manichaean Texts From The Roman Empire. United Kingdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Hartney, Chris. 'Per Saturam or Performance? Seneca's Initium Saeculi Felicissimi: Ritual Hilarity and Millenial Closure in the Apocolocyntosis.' In Carole M. Cusack and Hartney (eds.), Religion and Retributive Logic: Essays in Honour of Professor Garry W. Trompf. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
Nasoraia, Brikha and Garry Trompf. 'Mandaean Macrohistory.' ARAM Periodical 22 (2010) 391-425.
Suter, Keith. Global Order and Global Disorder: Globalization and the Nation-State. Westport, Conneticut and London: Praeger, 2003.
Tomasetti, Friedegard. Traditionen und Christentum im Chimbu-Gebiet Neuguineas. Stuttgart: Steiner, 1976.
Trompf, Garry (ed.). Cargo Cults and Millenarian Movements. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 1990.