2012 Talk … in 2010

I’m currently writing for and editing a book on the 2012 phenomenon for Equinox Publishers, 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse.

December 21 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people believe this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, the end of the world as we know it: a shift to a new form of global consciousness. 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse brings together for the first time a range of scholarly analyses on the 2012 phenomena grounded in various disciplines including religious studies, anthropology, Mayan studies, cultural studies and the social sciences.

2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse will show readers how much of the 2012 phenomenon is based on the historical record, and how much is contemporary fiction. It will reveal to readers the landscape of the modern apocalyptic imagination, the economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity. This collection brings much-needed academic rigour and documentation to a subject of rapidly increasing interest to diverse religious and other communities in these crucial closing years before we experience what will be either a profound leap in the human story or, less dramatically, just another mark in time.

Anyone who reads Portuguese might be interested in this article from Galileu which quotes me on the subject.

Over the next year I’ll be speaking in several places about 2012, with a practice run next week at Monash University. The first public lecture in the diary is for the Athiest Society in Melbourne on 9 March 2010, for the forward planners among us…