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!
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.
If the full book seems like a little too much, you can get a sample of a single page at the Page 99 test.
I have a piece up at the Stanford University Press blog about my upcoming book, Neoliberalism’s Demons.
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.)
Hopefully we all have enough distance from the end of the term to talk about grading strategies.
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.
n+1 has published a web piece of mine entitled “The Prequel Boom,” where I explore the question of why studios keep making prequels when fans tend to hate them so much.
My translation of Agamben’s Karman: A Brief Treatise on Action, Guilt, and Gesture is now available for purchase. It is one of my favorite Agamben books that I’ve translated, bringing together themes from The Sacrament of Language and Opus Dei in a fresh way. Here is the back cover copy:
What does it mean to be responsible for our actions? In this brief and elegant study, Giorgio Agamben traces our most profound moral intuitions back to their roots in the sphere of law and punishment. Moral accountability, human free agency, and even the very concept of cause and effect all find their origin in the language of the trial, which Western philosophy and theology both transform into the paradigm for all of human life. In his search for a way out of this destructive paradigm, Agamben not only draws on minority opinions within the Western tradition but engages at length with Buddhist texts and concepts for the first time. In sum, Karman deepens and rearticulates some of Agamben’s core insights while breaking significant new ground.