Research grant

I just learned that I have been awarded a summer research grant by North Central College, to allow me to visit Agamben in Italy and interview him about his work. This will be really important for an eventual book project — and a cool opportunity to meet someone whose work has been a big part of my life for a long time now.

Upcoming travel

In the next few weeks, I am giving talks in two cities — one far-flung, the other closer to home. I will be visiting Prague for my Spring Break, where I will be participating in a roundtable on The Use of Bodies with Colby Dickinson and other luminaries on Wednesday, March 20. An event on Neoliberalism’s Demons is also planned for Tuesday, March 19.

Just in time for me to get over my jetlag, I will be traveling to the University of Dubuque in Iowa, to give a talk on Neoliberalism’s Demons on Thursday, March 28, under the auspices of the UD Scholar-Leader Honors Program and Charles C. Myers Library.

New lecture video

I gave a presentation for the Open University of the Left in Chicago on Saturday, December 15. Video, including a lengthy Q&A session, is available here.

Three continents in three weeks

I have a lot of events between now and the end of the year, in far-flung locations.

  • On Monday, November 26, I will be in conversation with Anna Kornbluh about Neoliberalism’s Demons at The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore in Chicago.
  • On Thursday, November 29, I will be speaking about my book, with a response from Erica Robles-Anderson, at The NYU Center for Religion and Media.
  • The following week, I will be at the University of Copenhagen, where I will be doing several events: an author meets critics discussion on Neoliberalism’s Demons, a graduate workshop on methods in the humanities, and a public lecture on Agamben.
  • On Saturday, December 8, I have been invited to an event called ThinkFest in Karachi, Pakistan, where I will be participating in a discussion about Neoliberalism’s Demons; details here.
  • And my year-end speaking engagements will come to an end on Saturday, December 15, when I will be talking about the book at the Open University of the Left in Chicago; details here.

    For those keeping score at home, this means that I will have lectured on neoliberalism and demonization on four different continents — North America, Europe, and Asia in the next few weeks, as well as Australia, where I gave a series of lectures that served as the basis for the book. Colleagues in South America, Africa, and Antarctica are invited to contact me.

  • 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.