Agamben Seminar in Chicago

I just learned that the American Comparative Literature Association has accepted my proposal to co-direct (with Frances Restuccia) a seminar on “Agamben’s Later Works” at their annual conference in Chicago this March. I will be presenting a paper on “Agamben’s Vegetative Theology,” which will serve as a preview of one of the essays in my forthcoming collection What is Theology? Thank you to Frances for approaching me about proposing a seminar and to all the participants who submitted such excellent paper proposals.

Theology and Continental Philosophy at the AAR

As co-chair of the Theology and Continental Philosophy programming unit, I’m pleased to announce the sessions that we are running this year. A summary of the titles, days, and times follows, with full information “below the fold.”

“Bataille, Blackness, and the Tumultuous Sacred,” Saturday, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
“The Devil and the Demons: Neoliberal Theology in the Work of Adam Kotsko,” Saturday, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
“The Jew, the Christian, and the Ends of the World,” Monday, 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
“Mormon Theology and Continental Thought,” Monday, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
“New Frontiers in Phenomenology of Religion,” Tuesday, 8:30 AM–10:00 AM

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Upcoming speaking events

I have a few events coming up in the next couple months. First off, I will be participating in the Northwestern Theology Colloquium, which this year is dedicated to the work of James Cone. I will be discussing my work in relation to Cone’s on Tuesday, October 15, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, at a location on the Northwestern campus to be announced. My discussion will be one of a couple “warm-up” events for a conference on Cone November 1-2.

Then I will be participating in “Religion’s Turn: A Chicago-Area Graduate Conference in the Continental Philosophy of Religions,” at the University of Chicago, where I will be part of a roundtable on teaching continental philosophy in the Chicago area. There will be a keynote address on Thursday, October 24, and then the sessions, including my roundtable, will be taking place on Friday, October 25.

Finally, in late November, I will be responding to a panel discussion of my books The Prince of This World and Neoliberalism’s Demons at the American Academy of Religion national conference in San Diego.

Good news on the Agamben front

I am happy to announce that Edinburgh University Press has offered me a contract for my monograph on Agamben. I will be working on revising and finalizing the text over the next few months and anticipate submitting the final manuscript to the publisher by December 31.

New Book and Translation Projects

This week I was offered an advance contract by Fordham University Press for an essay collection. Tentatively entitled What is Theology?, it will bring together previously published, unpublished, and freshly written essays exploring the relationship between philosophy, political theology, and constructive theology. I plan to complete the manuscript by early next summer.

Last week, I submitted a proposal and writing sample to Edinburgh University Press for my current work-in-progress, a monograph on the thought of Giorgio Agamben with an emphasis on the ways it changes and adapts in response to world events and new intellectual influences. I anticipate completing the manuscript within the next several weeks.

Finally, I was offered a contract by Seagull Press to translate Agamben’s Il Regno e Il Giardino (The Kingdom and the Garden), a study of the role of the earthly Paradise or Garden of Eden in Western thought.

Upcoming seminar on Heidegger

On Thursday, June 27, I will be doing a mini-seminar in Chicago on Heidegger’s “Origin of the Work of Art,” under the auspices of the Interccect reading group. Details can be found here.