This week, I’m hosting Dr. Florian Klug, Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Würzberg, who is here on an institutional grant. It is reportedly a pretty common thing in European univeresities to get funding to go visit foreign scholars, and I am honored that he chose to come hang out with me. Part of the grant provides for translation, and I am also very excited that he will be translating The Prince of This World into German.
The Shimer Great Books School is hosting a talk by Florian this afternoon at 5 (reception at 4), at the Koten Chapel on the North Central College campus, with a response by Shelley Birdsong, and tomorrow Florian and I will be joining Colby Dickinson and Stephanie Frank for a roundtable discussion of the future of political theology at Loyola University Chicago at 6.
The Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory has published a very substantial review of Agamben’s Philosophical Lineage, which I co-edited with Carlo Salzani.
On February 15, I will be speaking at Marquette University on the urgent topic of nihilistic cartoon shows; details here. UPDATE 2/28: Streaming video is now available.
The next week, I will be hosting Florian Klug, Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Würzburg, Germany, for two events. The first will take place at North Central College in the Koten Chapel on Wednesday, February 21 (4pm reception, 5pm talk), where Dr. Klug will give a lecture on “The Iconic Being of the Bible,” with a response from NCC’s own biblical scholar, Shelley Birdsong. The second will take place on Thursday, February 22, at 6pm at Loyola University Chicago, where Colby Dickinson (Loyola), Stephanie Frank (Columbia College), and I will join Dr. Klug for a roundtable discussion of the future of political theology.
Over at my other blog, I wrote up a list of books that reflect my vision of what political theology is and should be.
For I have submitted the final manuscript of Neoliberalism’s Demons! It is scheduled for a Fall 2018 release. In the meantime, a brief description of the work is available toward the end of my research statement, and a preview of the argument can be found in my article of the same title in Theory and Event (Project MUSE link).
This afternoon, I gave a lecture at the Shimer Great Books School of North Central College entitled “Plato as Cultural Critic,” in which I shared my experiences and reflections on a faculty seminar I participated in this summer at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. The lecture transcript is available here.
I recently reviewed Joshua Ramey’s Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency, a very creative study of neoliberalism.
Inside Higher Ed have published an essay of mine called “Public Engagement is a Two-Way Street.”
I received my copies of Agamben’s Philosophical Lineage, the volume I co-edited with Carlo Salzani, which is currently available for preorder on Amazon. Conceived as more of a reference work than a standard edited volume, it is organized as a series of essays discussing Agamben’s relationship to his many interlocutors.
I have updated the site to include a current research statement. It covers all areas of my research, with an emphasis on how I came to my present project, Neoliberalism’s Demons, and some thoughts on where I will be heading from there.