January 7, 2012 / The Church & Postmodern Culture
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January 15, 2010
15th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture (ISRLC), at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, England, 23-26 September 2010
A panel on “Continental Philosophy of Religion” is to be organized for this conference.
The panel invites submissions which consider the turn to religion in recent continental philosophy and the implications this has for understandings of religion, reason, and spiritual practice. If philosophy is called, driven, or solicited to think its other, does this mean that philosophy itself is compelled by a religious dynamic? A particular focus will be on the debate around theological and dialectical accounts of materialism. What kind of thinking does justice to the passion of reason, the integrity of matter, and the injunctions of ethical and political commitment? Relevant thinkers and themes might include Jean-Luc Nancy, Radical Orthodoxy, Slavoj Žižek, Grace Jantzen, phenomenology (Henry, Chrétien, Lacoste, Marion), speculative realism/materialism. However, other relevant submissions will be considered.
The panel is being convened by the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion:
Short papers are invited for this panel; contributors should aim to deliver a 20-minute piece with 10 further minutes for questions and discussion. Please send the proposed title of your paper, with an abstract of not more than 500 words, to the convenors of the panel.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 30 March 2010
One of the keynote speakers at the conference will be Graham Ward (University of Manchester), co-editor of “Radical Orthodoxy: A New Theology” (Routledge, 1998).
James K. A. Smith
James K. A. Smith is an associate professor of philosophy and an adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College. He is also the executive director of the Society of Christain Philosophers and and a notable figure working at the intersection of Christian faith and postmodernism. He also is editor of the Church and Postmodern Culture book series published by Baker Academic. Smith is the author of Desiring the Kingdom, The Devil Reads Derrida, and several other books.