Public Speaking

I am always eager to share my ideas and meet new colleagues. Please do not hesitate to contact me at akotsko at gmail dot com if you would like to arrange a talk, seminar, or other event.

Invited Lectures and Presentations
“From Restricted to General Political Theology,” Political Theology Panel Series, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, April 2017.

“The Prince of This World,” Chicago Theological Seminary, April 2017.

“The Political Theology of Late Capitalism: On Neoliberalism,” Department of Religion, Northwestern University, February 2017.

“The Prince of This World” (in conversation with Peter Coviello). Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, Chicago, January 2017.

Panelist for “The Biblical Humanities: The Temptation of Christ.” DePaul Humanities Center, Chicago, January 2017.

“Neoliberalism’s Demons.” Critical Theory Circle and Departments of Sociology and Theology, Auckland University (New Zealand), August 2016; Continental Philosophy Seminar Series, Canterbury University (Christchurch, New Zealand), August 2016; Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, August 2016; Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne), August 2016; Center for Modernism Studies, University of New South Wales (Sydney), July 2016; Australian National University, July 2016. (lecture transcript)

“The Origin of the Devil.” Australian National University, July 2016.

“The Devil and Neoliberalism: A Discussion of Free Will.” Center for the Study of Social Justice, University of Tennesse at Knoxville, April 2016.

“Awkwardness as a Way of Life.” Architecture Lecture Series, University of Illinois at Chicago, January 2016. (video link)

“The Prince of This World: The Devil and Political Theology.” Humanities on the Edge Series, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 2015.

“Creepiness.” Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Chicago, March 2015.

“The Political Theology of the Devil.” Department of Religious Studies, Wayne State University (Detroit, Mich.), February 2015.

“The Specter of Creepiness.” DeRoy Lecture Series, Department of English, Wayne State University (Detroit, Mich.), February 2015.

“Žižek and Theology.” Portland Center for Public Humanities, Portland State University (Portland, Ore.), October 2014.

“Political Theology from Below.” The Actuality of the Theologico-Political Conference, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, May 2014.

Panelist for “Helping Students Cope with Pluralism and Criticism in the Classroom,” University of Chicago Divinity School, February 2014.

“Creepiness and Culture.” Cultural Studies Colloquium, Columbia College, Chicago, February 2014.

“Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis.” Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, February 2014.

“A Brief History of the Devil.” Shimer College, October 2013.

“What St. Paul and the Franciscans Can Tell Us About Neoliberalism: On Agamben’s Highest Poverty.” Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group, Northwestern University, May 2013. (PDF link)

“Agamben on Liturgy and Politics.” Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group, Northwestern University, October 2012.

“Why We Love Sociopaths.” Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory (InterCcect), 57th Street Books, Chicago, July 2012.

“Agamben, Paul, and the Oath.” Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group, Northwestern University, April 2011. (PDF link)

“Awkwardness.” Marion Dunsmore Lecture in Religion, Kalamazoo College, March 2010.

Conference Presentations
“Agamben and the Problem of Evil.” Continental Philosophy and Catholic International Heritage Interdisciplinary International Conference, Loyola University Chicago, April 2016. (PDF link)

Respondent for Thomas Altizer. Continental Philosophy and Catholic International Heritage Interdisciplinary International Conference, Loyola University Chicago, April 2016.

“‘These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins’: The Waste Land, Modernism, and ‘The Western Tradition’.” Association for Core Texts and Courses Liberal Arts Institute Conference on “The Intersection of Religious and Secular Cores in Liberal Arts Education,” Rhodes College (Memphis, Tenn.), September 2014.

“What is to Be Done? The Endgame of the Homo Sacer Series.” American Comparative Literature Association (Seminar: “Agamben, Capital, and the Homo Sacer Series: Economy, Poverty, People, Work”), New York University, March 2014.

Panelist for “Helping Students Cope with Pluralism and Criticism in the Classroom,” University of Chicago Divinity School, February 2014.

“The Prince of This World: Thinking the Devil in Light of Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory.” American Academy of Religion (Theology and Religious Reflection/Theology and Continental Philosophy), Chicago, November 2012. (link)

Panelist for “Review/Discussion of Antonio Negri’s The Labor of Job: The Biblical Text as a Parable of Human Labor (Duke University Press, 2009).” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism), San Francisco, November 2011. (HTML link)

Panelist for “The Body of Christ.” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism), Atlanta, November 2010. (Scribd link)

“Displacing the Devil: Anselm, the Patristic Heritage, and Political Theology.” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2010. (PDF link)

“Patristic Perspectives on the Cross: A Reinterpretation.” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism), Montreal, November 2009. (HTML link)

“The Pre-History of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Deconstruction of Christianity.” American Academy of Religion (Philosophy of Religion), Chicago, November 2008. (PDF link)

Panelist for “Hegemony, Gospel, & Empty Signifier: Theological and Philosophical Responses to Populist Reason.” American Academy of Religion (additional meeting), Chicago, November 2008. (PDF link)

“Philosophical Reading Beyond Paul: Jean-Luc Nancy on the Epistle of James.” Society of Biblical Literature (Reading, Theory, and the Bible), San Diego, November 2007. (HTML link)

Panelist for “The Internet, Publishing, and the Future of Literature.” Association of Literary Scholars and Critics Annual Meeting, Chicago, October 2007. (published version link)

“Singular Plural Catholic Spirit: John Wesley with Jean-Luc Nancy.” Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, Bourbonnais, Ill., March 2007. (PDF link)

Panelist for “Critical Responses to Theology and the Political: The New Debate (Duke, 2005).” American Academy of Religion (wildcard session), Washington, D.C., November 2006. (published version PDF link)

“Politics and Perversion: Situating Žižek’s Paul.” Society of Biblical Literature (Reading, Theory, and the Bible), Washington, D.C., November 2006. (published version PDF link)

“Repeating Wesley.” Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 2005. (PDF link)

“Slavoj Žižek’s Materialist Trinitarianism.” Annual Villanova Graduate Student Philosophy Conference on “Philosophy and Psychoanalysis,” Philadelphia, March 2003. (PDF link)