New article on Agamben’s covid writings

I have a new essay up at Slate about Agamben’s covid writings. I have been working on this piece for a long time, and it’s obviously an issue that is very close to my heart, so it’s good to get it out there.

As part of my research, I interviewed several colleagues, including Eric Santner, who actually produced a short essay in response. I was unable to use the whole thing for the article, so (with his permission) I have posted it at An und für sich.

Upcoming speaking events on neoliberalism, racism, and original sin

Later this week, I will be participating in a colloquium on Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom at Wabash College, which was where the lectures that formed the basis for the book were originally delivered. I will be giving one of two keynote addresses — I anticipate that mine, entitled “Beyond Capitalist Freedom,” will be the more critical of the two. Thank you to Jeffrey Gower for the invitation.

On Tuesday, March 1, I will also be sharing the “Beyond Capitalist Freedom” talk as part of a virtual speaker series on neoliberalism at Memorial University in Newfoundland. Thank you to Barry Stephenson for the invitation.

On Monday, March 14, I will be doing a seminar on a chapter from my book What is Theology?, namely “Modernity’s Original Sin,” at the University of Toronto. Thank you to Philippe Theophanidis for organizing this and for providing a stylish poster, even though it’s a private event!

Then on Tuesday, March 15, I will be giving a talk on racism and original sin at Queen’s University in Ontario. Thank you to Dustin Atlas for the invitation.

New article in Yonsei Theological Forum

An article of mine was published in Yonsei Theological Forum. Entitled “The Threat to ‘Our Democracy’ and the Neoliberal Crisis of Legitimacy,” it expands upon a virtual presentation I gave this fall at the Yonsei Theological Forum International Conference on “Democracy and Theology in Global Contexts,” hosted by Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

At the AAR, virtually and in person

This weekend is the American Academy of Religion national conference in San Antonio. Unlike apparently the majority of my colleagues, I will be attending in person! I will be part of three sessions, only two of which are officially on the books. The two official sessions are as follows:

  • “Capitalism, Dis-ease, and the Long Shadow of COVID-19” (Religion and Economy Unit), Monday, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM (Virtual) — a panel discussion on the impact of the pandemic on academic life.
  • “Race and the Origins of Capitalism” (Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit), Monday, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM (In Person) — I will be presenting a paper entitled “The Political Theology of Silvia Federici.”

In addition, I will be pinch-hitting as a panelist for “Author Meets Critics: Marika Rose, A Theology of Failure: Žižek against Christian Innocence (Fordham University Press, 2019)” (Theology and Religious Reflection Unit), Sunday, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM (Virtual) — a discussion of a book I am spending a very enjoyable afternoon reviewing!

I look forward to seeing some of you in person there — or, failing that, in little Brady Bunch boxes on my laptop as I sit in my hotel room.