April Conference Presentations

I will be doing a couple of virtual conferences in the coming weeks. The first will be at the American Comparative Literature Association, where Frances Restuccia and I have organized a session on “Agamben’s Later Works” (deferred from last year’s cancelled conference). My paper will be entitled “Agamben’s Vegetative Theology” and will focus on his strange declaration, at the end of his recent memoir, that “Grass is God,” in the broader context of his use of theology. It draws on a longer essay called “Agamben the Theologian,” which will appear in my forthcoming book What is Theology?

The second will be at the Association for Core Texts and Classes, where Shimer Great Books School chair Stuart Patterson has organized a panel for Shimer faculty to think through the process of adjusting to our new home at North Central. My presentation will be entitled “Bringing Horses to Water: Great Books as Gen Ed,” drawing on my experience of teaching classes required of all students regardless of major and attempting to use Great Books pedagogy and materials in those contexts.

Both events are, sadly, only available to those registered for the conference.