I have a blog post on Silvia Federici and political theology up at the Political Theology Network. Thank you to Alex Dubilet and Vincent Lloyd for the invitation to contribute!
Next Tuesday, I will be giving a lecture on the topic of “Race and Original Sin” for the Philosophy and Religion forum at the University of Southern Mississippi (details here). It will be the first preview of some material from my forthcoming book, What is Theology? Christian Thought and Contemporary Life.
Yesterday I had a great “book launch” seminar on Agamben’s Philosophical Trajectory with the Agamben Working Group at the University of Toronto. I had presented an early version of my theory on the composition history of The Use of Bodies to the group a couple years ago, and they have discussed my translations and other articles at times, so it was the perfect setting. Thank you to John Ricco and Philippe Theophanidis for the invitation!
I was invited to review David Tracy’s massive new two-volume Selected Essays for Critical Inquiry. I took the opportunity to reflect on what Tracy’s approach can tell us about the place of academic theology in contemporary intellectual life.
I have updated my Teaching History page to include syllabi for the courses I am teaching this spring:
- Music, Verse, and Drama: a Shimer Great Books course on the relationship between the three title artforms in various cultural traditions.
- Theology: Structures of Meaning: a Shimer Great Books course that looks at a range of religious traditions through the lens of personal narrative.
- Cardinal Directions Senior Seminar: an interdisciplinary seminar for graduating seniors of all majors, which is meant to be the capstone for their General Education experience. Faculty members are able to choose their own topic — mine is “Utopia and Dystopia.”
I was invited by a promising new left-wing Christian publication, The Bias Magazine, to comment on the disturbing events of Wednesday, January 6.
My article “American Politics in the Era of Zombie Neoliberalism” is now de-paywalled, as are a couple other pieces in the same issue of Public Culture.