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Religion

Professor Ben Zeller’s newest journal article started in the classroom

Associate Professor of Religion Ben Zeller’s newest article, “Altar Call of Cthulhu: Religion and Millennialism in H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos,” began from a class discussion, and benefited from collaboration with 2015 Richter Scholar Michael Janeček ’18.

Zeller teaches on early twentieth century “weird fiction” writer H.P. Lovecraft in his RELG 180, Religion, Science Fiction, and Fantasy course. A class discussion five years ago about Lovecraft’s ideas about the end of the world led Zeller to collaborate on the topic with his 2015 Richter Scholar Michael Janeček ’18.

“Michael was actually doing a totally different set of projects, involving religion and science, and then Native American religions. But we started talking about our mutual interest in Lovecraft, and Michael offered to help me with that research. A lot of the foundational research that I used in writing that article derived from my work with Michael Janeček, and I’m really grateful to him.” Zeller said.

The article, “Altar Call of Cthulhu: Religion and Millennialism in H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos,” was published in December 2019 in Religions, and is available via open access on the publisher’s website.