January 7, 2012 / The Church & Postmodern Culture
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December 17, 2012
“My atheism gets on in the churches, all the churches, do you understand that?” –– Jacques Derrida
Subverting the Norm — a two-day event that brings together pastors, theologians, philosophers, church practitioners, and researchers in religion — asks a follow-up question:Can postmodern theology live in the churches? As such, we are interested in presentations that explore the relationship between radical theologies and the church.
About the Conference Series:
“Postmodernism and Religion,” Derrida says; “two things that are strange to me.” And yet his work has been seen as part of the “theological turn” in so-called “postmodern philosophy,” which has surprisingly become the most formative school of thought shaping the future of twenty-first-century theology. While many contemporary philosophers continue to turn to the Christian tradition—often interpreting it in radical, even irreligious, ways—do they ever wonder, with Derrida, how their atheism gets on in so many of the churches? The political “turn to Paul,” for example, has furnished a variety of philosophers with the means to re-think concepts such as faith, reason, truth, universality and subjectivity. But, while these secular interpretations of Paul’s letters have enabled on-going discussions between philosophers, theologians and biblical scholars, the “Subverting the Norm” conference series specifically attends to the relationships between all these philosophical turns and lived religion, particularly within what might be called the “actually existing” churches. It examines how continental philosophy both inspires radical theologies within the academy and energizes everyday religious discourse and practice.
About the 2013 Conference:
The conference organizers welcome presentations (format open) that examine the intersection of postmodern philosophy (broadly understood), radical theology and actually existing Christianity to answer the question, “Can postmodern theology live in the churches?” We are especially interested in presenters who can bridge the gap between the academy and the church, and whose presentations are accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. Preference will be given to presentations that connect not only with the academic community, but with church audiences as well.
Conference delegates will be encouraged to ask:
Call for Presentations:
Conference presentations may focus on any figure(s) and/or stream(s) of thought within recent and contemporary philosophy and theology, but must address their relationship to lived religion by attending to questions such as:
We are particularly interested in presentations that seek to answer the following questions:
Please send presentation abstracts of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by the submission deadline of January 31, 2013. Also please indicate any A/V needs.
After the conference, a select number of contributions will be considered for publication in an edited collection.
Registration details will soon be posted online at subvertingthenorm.wordpress.com.
Further questions may be directed to Katharine Sarah Moody (email@example.com) or Phil Snider (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Geoffrey Holsclaw is a co-pastor at Life on the Vine (www.lifeonthevine.org) and a PhD candidate in theology and society at Marquette University. He is an editor for the Church and Postmodern Culture (http://churchandpomo.typepad.com/) and writes at geoffreyholsclaw.net.