Recent writing [Updated]

Some writing of mine that has come out recently:

  • Today I have a web piece at n+1 on evangelical support for Trump entitled “The Political Theology of Trump.” This is one I have been pondering for a long time, and I take it in a bit of a personal direction before veering toward a more world-historical perspective.
  • Yesterday I helped to kick off a blog event on Stefania Pandolfo’s fascinating book Knot of the Soul; you can keep up with the other posts with this link.
  • Less recently, I was invited to contribute a piece to the Turkish-language magazine Sabah Ülkesi on the very broad topic “What is human?” They graciously allowed me to post the original English text on my blog; the post includes a link to the Turkish version.
  • I also wrote a blog post responding to Scott Ferguson’s interesting book Declarations of Dependence; perhaps unsurprisingly, Agamben factors in heavily.
  • ADDED: And speaking of Agamben, I have a review out covering a couple of his most recent publications. I have another one in the pipeline that covers another swath of his voluminous post-Use of Bodies output.

Theology and Continental Philosophy at the AAR

As some of you may know, Beatrice Marovich and I have been co-chairs of the Theology and Continental Philosophy Group at the American Academic of Religion, where we have tried to push our sessions beyond the conventional engagement with Christian themes. This year, we have sessions engaging mysticism, Islam, and witchcraft (and other subaltern practices), as well as a discussion of the relation between theology and religious studies. Details “below the fold” — we hope to see you there! We especially encourage you to attend the business meeting, where we will be discussing the direction of future programming. Last year’s was very well-attended and, strangely enough, kind of fun!

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More neoliberalism, more demons

A few more events related to Neoliberalism’s Demons, all in the Chicago area:

  • This morning, around 11AM, I will be interviewed on the radio show This is Hell, on WNUR 89.3FM or live-streamable. For those who couldn’t listen live, an archive recording is available.
  • On Tuesday, October 23, I will be having an event on the book at North Central College; details here.
  • I will be speaking at the UIC Humanities Center under the auspices of the Interccect reading group on Tuesday, October 30; details here.
  • Elsewhere in Chicago, I will be doing an event at the Seminary Coop on Monday, November 26; details here.

Speaking availability

As I may have mentioned, my new book Neoliberalism’s Demons: On the Political Theology of Late Capital is coming out this September. I am available to do public lectures, seminar discussions, and other events related to the book — or to any other area of my research (see my research statement and publication links for details). I could do something in October, or any time in the spring starting in February, and I’d also be happy to get to work scheduling anything for the 2019 academic year if more advance planning were needed. Feel free to contact me with any possibilities via email: akotsko at gmail dot com.

(Though my midwestern instincts rebel, past experience tells me this is indeed something people do.)

Big reveal

You can now see the (incredible) cover for Neoliberalism’s Demons on the Stanford University Press site. I feel very fortunate to have two such striking covers in a row.

All production work on my end — copy edits, proof corrections, and indexing — is complete, and the release date is set for September.