At 6.30pm on 22nd November, join an expert panel as they discuss The Politics of Virtue by John Milbank and Adrian Pabst: the fullest account so far of the post-liberal alternative in Western politics.
Contemporary politics is dominated by a liberal creed that champions ‘negative liberty’ and individual happiness. This creed undergirds positions on both the right and the left – free-market capitalism, state bureaucracy and individualism in social life. The triumph of liberalism has had the effect of subordinating human association and the common good to narrow self-interest and short-term utility. By contrast, post-liberalism promotes individual fulfilment and mutual flourishing based on shared goals that have more substantive content than the formal abstractions of liberal law and contract, and yet are also adaptable to different cultural and local traditions. In this important book, John Milbank and Adrian Pabst apply this analysis to the economy, politics, culture, and international affairs. In each case, having diagnosed the crisis of liberalism, they propose post-liberal alternatives, notably new concepts and fresh policy ideas. They demonstrate that, amid the current crisis, post-liberalism is a programme that could define a new politics of virtue and the common good.
Prof. John Milbank is Emeritus Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham. Dr Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at the University of Kent. They will be joined in conversation by Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Director of Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics and Dr Simone Kotva, Junior Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, Nick Rengger of St Andrews University and Marc Stears of the New Economics Foundation. The evening will be chaired by Lord Glasman, Labour Life Peer and Director of the Common Good Foundation.
Tickets for this event are priced at £4 in advance or £6 on the door. They can be purchased through this page, by calling 01223 463200 or in person in Heffers bookshop. Please note tickets are transferable but non-refundable.
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Tue 22 November 2016
18:30 – 20:00 GMT
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Reviews of The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future:
‘Amidst the rising chorus of voices calling for the renewal of grassroots democracy, Milbank and Pabst sound a distinctive “blue” note. The languages of individual virtue and public honor, they urge, must be redeployed to meet human needs for belonging and embeddedness while revitalizing citizen participation in government. It is possible, they argue, to draw on the very energies that feed attacks on big government and fuel populism to cultivate instead a politics of hope that joins patriotism with international solidarity. Given the political impasses we face today, their astute proposal merits a wide hearing.’ — Jennifer A. Herdt, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, Yale Divinity School
‘This is a vital contribution within an emerging literature and emboldened public conversation around what constitutes the common good. Drawing on ancient traditions it is full of philosophical insight and concrete, practical political suggestion. It challenges the most basic assumptions of liberalism; it is quietly devastating.’ — Jon Cruddas, MP
‘To the dilemmas of late modernity, Milbank and Pabst propose a vision of social, political, and economic order that is at once classical and Christian, but neither reactionary nor emptily nostalgic; a politics of virtue, and of a cultural commitment to the pedagogy of the good, theirs is a brilliant and original imagining of a genuine Christian socialism sustained not by the technocratic bureaucracy of the modern state, but by the deepest wellsprings of human spiritual community.’ — David Bentley Hart, Visiting Professor, Providence College
‘With a characteristic mix of bravura argumentation and telling detail, Milbank and Pabst mount a powerful critique of what they call the ‘metacrisis’ of liberalism across five areas, politics, economics, democracy, culture and international relations, and in each case offer equally powerful alternatives, rooted in much older traditions. Superbly written, bracingly argued and with a reach and range that is genuinely impressive, this book is bound to have a powerful impact in many different academic fields and indeed in the world beyond the academy as well.’ — Nicholas Rengger, Professor of Political Theory and International Relations, University of St Andrews
‘Perhaps what is most shocking – and most thrilling – about this book is that the authors fully expect their proposals to be taken seriously! The Politics of Virtue is a masterpiece which, with a single stroke, both rebukes the cowardice and effete impracticality of so many armchair political theologians, and shows up the resigned nihilism of those political theorists who believe that liberalism is the only game in town.’ — Scott Stephens, Editor of the Religion & Ethics website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
‘A brilliant analysis of the triumph of economic and social liberalism and the miseries these have engendered, especially to the poorest of us. And the first signs of a clear path out of this mess, towards a politics rooted in tradition, history and social obligation. The best political book of the last five years.’ — Rod Liddle, journalist and writer
‘The Politics of Virtue is going to be a vital contribution to that issue [what kind of thing humanity might and should be], as well as a crucial intervention in current political debate. It will infuriate as many as it will delight; but it is a monumental and un-ignorable diagnosis of a critical moment in our culture.’ — Rowan Williams, New Statesman
‘I am in deep sympathy with Milbank’s and Pabst’s understanding and critique of liberalism and I have sympathy with some of their proposed alternatives […] I am particularly drawn to their understanding of the ethics of virtue which they argue depends on the presumption that our lives have a purpose and meaning that is not just our arbitrary will.’ — Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University, on the ABC Religion & Ethics website
Aaron Riches is a joint faculty member of the Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein and the Instituto de Teología Lumen Gentium in Granada, Spain, where he teaches theology at the Seminario Mayor San Cecilio. He is also author of ECCE HOMO: On the Divine Unity of Christ.
The University of Nottingham
Centre for the Bible, Ethics and Theology
Convergence and Divergence:
Responses to Involuntary Migration in Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Saturday 25 June 2016
The Diamond, Sheffield
Co-hosted with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
32 Leavygreave Road
Full delegate rate – £20
Student delegate rate – £14
Lunch is included in the conference fee
For enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The Hemsley (Room B2)
Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2016 (10:30-17:00)
On the day before the momentous referendum, the CoTP is holding a study day with the Theology Department of the University of Fribourg to consider the account of Europe and International Relations given by John Milbank and Adrian Pabst in their forthcoming book, The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future.
Entry is free but pre-registration is required.
Attendees can buy their own refreshments and lunch at the Greenwood cafe in The Hemsley.
Please email King-Ho Leung for any queries about the event.
CSRES International Conference on “Wonder & the Natural World”
June 20-23, 2016
Conference Information and registration: www.go.iu.edu/R9a
Visit the website of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society: www.indiana.edu/~csres/home.php
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DAVID ABRAM
Theme: Aristotle observed that philosophy originates in wonder. Descartes considered wonder the first of all the passions, a “sudden surprise of the soul” that moves the mind toward understanding and away from ignorance. Others have considered wonder a defective state, a stunned response that impedes knowledge. Wonder is the province of the wide-eyed child in the woods, and the wild-eyed scientist in the lab. Scientific wonder beckons us into mystery but may also banish the mysterious and drain away its power. Wonder is prompted by the odd and uncanny, the strange and novel, the transcendent and sublime, as well as encounters with the monstrous and horrific. Its virtuous dimensions shade into generosity, humility, and compassion, while its shadow side suggests the lure of unwholesome enchantments and hubristic trespass. Wonder can engender moral caution and respect for otherness, but it may also foster a will to mastery. Wonder has been associated with, or dissociated from, curiosity, awe, intimations of divinity, infinity, the miraculous or supernatural, feelings of astonishment and puzzlement. Wonder has also played a crucial role in the environmental movement since its inception.
Dr Conor Cunningham tells the story of the ways we can look at an apple. A piece of fruit, a quick healthy snack, but also the starting point for a more involved understanding of the universe and why there is ‘something rather than nothing’. Theology is about making connections, matters of ultimate concern to humans, and god-talk—theology—is part of us.
Now available: Australian Religious Thought, by Wayne Hudson (Monash University Publishing; April 20, 2016; 272pp+).
This book is the first major historical study of Australian religious thought, arguing that religious thought can be found in many of Australia’s intellectuals, both in the religiously inclined and in those who are not conventionally religious. Drawing together existing and new research, the book opens up new perspectives and re-thematizes the field in six exploratory studies. Each study is revisionist in some respects. Shapes of disbelief are explored in intellectuals of many types. The concept of sacral secularity is used to promote and to contest discussions of ‘the secular’ in Australia. Religious liberalism is interpreted as being transnational and as often being a source of social reform. Interactions between religious thought and philosophy are discussed in some detail, as is the development of theology, which has received relatively little attention from historians. Account is also taken of what might perhaps be called post-secular consciousness in many intellectuals. Taking religious thought more seriously suggests possible revisions to the way the national story has been told. There has been more serious intellectual life in Australia than some historians have claimed, and a considerable part of it was in a broad sense ‘religious.’ The book provides new perspectives on the relationship between religious thought and social reform in Australia.
‘[Stuart] McIntyre challenged Hudson ‘to make better sense of how the patterns in Australia compared with those in other settler societies’. As a first step, Hudson has ‘brought together a substantial body of research and interpreted some of it in innovative ways’. For this, we contributors to Australian religious thought are in his debt, whether or not we count ourselves as religious.’ — Frank Brennan, Eureka Street
“Learned and precise, this book shows what’s wrong with the old boundary between secular and sacred in Australia. The implications for rethinking our past, present and future are enormous.” — Alan Atkinson
“Here, for the first time, the history of Australian religious thought receives the kind of sophisticated treatment that it richly deserves, in the hands of an author of phenomenal learning and intellectual range. It will be much harder in the future for anyone blithely to call Australia a secular society and leave it at that. Wayne Hudson is steeped in the history and philosophy of the world’s religions and with assurance and zest, he tells the story of a previously underestimated religious dimension of Australian cultural and intellectual history.” — Frank Bongiorno
Wayne Hudson works across the fields of philosophy, history, politics and religion. He is an authority on the German Jewish philosopher Ernst Bloch and a leading historian of English deism. He has published eighteen books and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and the University of Tasmania.
The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society:
Good Riddance or Good Influence?
Has the Church a distinctive role in the public square? Is the Catholic Church, along with other Christian churches, just another group fighting for a place in society, seeking to further their own interests? Or do Christian churches have a different standing? A claim to be heard?
Other Features of the Conference
Three-day ticket: €200 per person
Day ticket: €80 per person
Students and concessions: €100 per person (three-day ticket)
Phone: +353 (0) 1 8964790
The conference organisers are grateful for the generous support of the Loyola Trust (Augustinians, Carmelites (O.Carm.), Columbans, Jesuits, Loreto Sisters, Marists, Oblates, Society of African Missions, and for very generous private sponsorship.
Download the Loyola conference details here [PDF]
Now available in the INTERVENTIONS series: Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ, by Aaron Riches, with a foreword by Rowan Williams (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2016; 301pp+).
Interacting with theologians throughout the ages, Riches narrates the development of the church’s doctrine of Christ as an increasingly profound realization that the depth of the difference between the human being and God is realized, in fact, only in the perfect union of divinity and humanity in the one Christ. He sets the apostolic proclamation in its historical, theological, philosophical, and mystical context, showing that, as the starting point of “orthodoxy,” it forecloses every theological attempt to divide or reduce the “one Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ fulfills a need for a readable, philosophically well-informed Christology. Perceiving that the great temptation of modern Christians is to imagine Jesus as so very nice that he was just about God, Riches shows how the Christian tradition has envisaged Jesus as so profoundly divine that he was able to enter human nature and transform it. . . . With his learned reinterpretation of the tradition, Riches is creating a new paradigm for Christology. This book is a milestone for Christology in the twenty-first century.” — Francesca Murphy, University of Notre Dame
“This book, in a way that is all too rare today, unites genuinely historical and theological study. Contemporary scholarship tends to separate the man Jesus from the divine Word and, consequently, to banish the divine from the created realm. Aaron Riches shows us, instead, how to understand — boldly, coherently, and consistently — the paradox of the one Lord Jesus Christ. . . . An insightful, stimulating, and often provocative presentation of the person of Christ for today.” — John Behr, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York
“Aaron Riches has here produced by far the most novel, scholarly, and consequent contribution to Christology of recent times. He exposes the dominant semi-Nestorianism of modern theology, traces its ultimate roots in the difficult reception of the conciliar tradition from Ephesus to Constantinople II in the Latin West, and the resurgence of homo assumptus Christology in the Middle Ages and then, more powerfully, among Scotists; against this perennial semi-Nestorianism he argues instead for the more radical orthodoxy of the Cyrillian position, recovered in the Middle Ages by Thomas Aquinas, and expressed for Riches in a mystical key by the seventeenth-century French Dominican writer Louis Chardon.” — John Milbank, University of Nottingham
“A remarkable achievement. This book brings to life the great Christological themes of the later Patristic period, which are often buried under the weight of their technical terminology. Aaron Riches shows how the tradition shaped by Cyril of Alexandria, received in East and West, sheds light on the theological conversation today and leads us to a fuller and richer understanding of the mystery of Christ than do many modern approaches.” — Uwe Michael Lang, Heythrop College, University of London
“A highly significant contribution to the field of Christology. Aaron Riches argues that the Christology sanctioned by the great ecumenical councils of the first millennium was not about finding some middle line that balanced out excessive and mutually competitive emphases on Jesus’ divinity or humanity. Rather, it was animated by an existential and liturgical encounter with the one Lord Jesus Christ, whose integral duality is recognizable only to the extent that his absolute singularity is maintained.” — Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne
“Pondering the confession of the ‘one Lord Jesus Christ’ that is the basis of the Nicene faith, Riches demonstrates what is at stake in recognizing that Christianity reaches into the most intimate depths of the human being.” — David L. Schindler, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Forthcoming in May: A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies, by Edward T. Oakes, S.J., with a foreword by Bishop Robert Baron (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. Be. Eerdmans, 2016; 270pp+).
Few topics in theology are as complex and multifaceted as grace: over the course of centuries, many seemingly arbitrary distinctions and arcane debates have arisen around it. Edward Oakes, however, argues that all of these distinctions and debates are ultimately motivated by one central question: What are God’s intentions for the world?
In A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies Oakes examines issues relating to grace and points them back to that central question, illuminating and explaining what is really at stake in these debates. Maintaining that controversies clarify issues, especially those as convoluted as that of grace, Oakes works through six central debates on the topic, including sin and justification, evolution and original sin, and free will and predestination.
“Deeply cultured, brilliant, and witty, Edward Oakes was an irreplaceable theologian. Reading Oakes, I always think that this is what it would have been like had Chesterton written the works of von Balthasar. One finds here a master of Christian apologetics drawing upon the full spectrum of the Christian tradition’s resources and delivering highly intellectual arguments in wonderfully accessible prose. Specialists and nonspecialists alike will relish this fitting last testament to grace from the pen of one of America’s greatest Jesuits.” — Matthew Levering, author of Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth
“Fr. Edward Oakes will be remembered as one of the finest American Catholic theologians of his generation. With A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies, he has given the church and contemporary theology a final offering — a work as daring as it is faithful, as provocative as it is irenic, as creative as it is traditional. This book promises to change the terms of the question concerning the relation of nature and grace. A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary theology.” — Aaron Riches, author of Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ
Set on the edge of the Black Mountains alongside the Wye in the famed book town of Hay, HowTheLightGetsIn has a magical location. But that is the backdrop for the real magic to come. “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” goes the Leonard Cohen song from which the festival gets its name. And HowTheLightGetsIn brings its own special form of magic to everyone. There is no other place on the planet where you can meet as many of the world’s leading thinkers and dance until your feet ache.
At HowTheLightGetsIn festival 2016 you can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world’s top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK’s best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with our speakers in Open Platform events or indulge yourself with four course long table banquets. You’ll want to find time to fit in Cabaret at the Hat, view the Black Mountains from the top of our ferris wheel, find yourself spellbound at our riotous Spiegel Circus and enjoy some well earned relaxation and revival at the Spa. All in preparation of course for our nightly themed parties with the hottest bands and the country’s leading soloists. With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme at HowTheLightGetsIn is unmatched. Yet, even though we have grown tenfold since we started, we’ve kept the intimate scale. Our venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin.
Our heart, though, is in ideas. When we began just six years ago philosophy was something of a joke. Locked in an ivory tower arguing over the meaning of words, to many it resembled the medieval church and had a similar level of relevance to our lives and culture. Our aim was to change this state of affairs. Its goal then and now was to return philosophy to big ideas and put them at the centre of our culture. Not in aid of a more refined cultural life but as an urgent call to rethink where we are.
Ideas are alive and evolving and at the edge there is rarely consensus. That’s why ideas matter – because they are in dispute. When they turn into knowledge and are recylced in textbooks they are in a sense already dead. That’s why debates are at the heart of our programme and why HowTheLightGetsIn is not about dusting off agreed areas of knowledge and conveying them to the public. Instead we try to stand at the edge and look forward in search of new and better ways to hold the world in an attempt to address the challenges that face us.
HowTheLightGetsIn is not just another literary festival or music festival. There’s something special in the air. It’s alive with ideas in every field of endeavour. Our programme has many names you will recognise but HowTheLightGetsIn is not about status or celebrity. We are about ideas and wonder and creating a space where everyone’s imagination can flourish. Find the bands you’ve never heard of, discover ground-breaking ideas that have yet to make their mark, contribute yourself and your thoughts, and magic will come your way.
Two featured events:
The Weird and the Wonderful (debate): In Europe, belief in organised religion continues to decline as science advances. Yet strangely interest in everything from ley lines to solstice rituals is increasing. Should we dismiss this as empty fantasy? Or is there in nature something essential to ourselves, beyond science and beyond monotheistic religion?
LSE sociologist and author of New Religious Movements Eileen Barker, comedian and Dawkins collaborator Ariane Sherine, and environmental activist Alastair McIntosh find meaning in spirituality.
The Shame Game (debate): The shaming exposés and twitter scandals of today can seem as backward as the stocks or the pillory. Yet the fear of shame can bring the powerful to heel. What is our curious shame about shame? Might shaming be our best tool for change? Or should we always be fearful of the tyranny of mob?
Comedian Robin Ince, Sugar Daddy Diaries Helen Croydon, theologian and Žižek collaborator John Milbank uncover the strangeness of shame.
Full event programme may be found here.
Globe at hay
Hay on Wye
20 May 2016 · Worcester College · Oxford
Conor Cunningham (University of Nottingham, Associate Professor in Theology and Philosophy): on Evil and Nihilism
Elizabeth Frazer (University of Oxford, Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations): on Shakespeare and Machiavelli
further paper topics include: demonic repetition, Modernism, original sin, totalitarianism, literary dystopia, Carl Schmitt, M. Houellebecq, liberal pessimism, etc.
to register for free, please email:
programme & further details:
Dr Therese Feiler
IV INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL – Beyond Secular Faith
GRANADA 29 MAY – 4 JUNE 2016
“Marriage and Family – Human Relationships Facing the New Millenium”
The title of our annual summer school, Beyond Secular Faith, stems from our conviction that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restraints and ideological presuppositions imposed by secular culture – a faith centered radically on Christ – can offer a word of hope and reason to human life.
This year the seminar is dedicated to explore, in this light, the difference between the sexes, the life of the family and meaning of marriage. Is marriage primarily a religious institution? What is the right relationship between the state and the family? What is the difference between Sacrament and Contract in the context of marriage and the family? What is the meaning of the body?
For the past three years we have taken part in friendly and fruitful dialogue on freedom at the summer school, in the unique setting of Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic crossroads of modernity and Christian tradition.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline: 20th April 2016
We invite graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers to take part in the Summer School.
Please send your CV and an abstract (400 words) on a topic related to the theme of the Summer School to: email@example.com for the Spanish Session; and firstname.lastname@example.org for the English Session.
Successful candidates will be informed by 25th April 2016.
For the full information and website, click here.
Location: Lenton Grove, University Park
Date(s): Saturday 7th May 2016
Contact: Please contact King-Ho Leung with any queries.
For a while in the history of both the analytic and continental traditions, ‘metaphysics’ was regarded as an outdated or even forbidden philosophical discipline. In recent decades, both traditions have seen a revival in the study of metaphysics and, more specifically, a return of ‘realist’ and even speculative metaphysical theorisation.
Bringing together metaphysicians from various philosophical and theological traditions, this symposium aims to consider topics including:
The workshop is free of charge and open to all – lunch and some refreshments will be provided. Registration is necessary to confirm numbers.
Confirmed panels include:
What is ‘Metaphysics’?
• Agata Bielik-Robson
• Mark Jago
The ‘Overcoming’ of Metaphysics
• Frederique Janssen-Lauret
• Ian Bacher
The Future of Metaphysics
• John Milbank
• Stephen Mumford
Workshop kindly sponsored by the Mind Association.
Firth Memorial Lectures 2016, hosted by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham, welcomes:
The Most Reverend Rowan Williams.
The Anglican prelate, theologian and poet, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012, will deliver the 2016 Firth Lectures:
‘Imagining Faith: perceptions of religious belief in modern writing’
Lecture 1: Monday 11 April 2016
Lecture 2: Tuesday 12 April 2016
A01/A02 Highfield House, University Park, 4-6pm
For more information, and in order to book your seat at one or both of the lectures, click here.
Call for Papers for the edited volume
“Slavoj Žižek and Christianity”
Editors: Dr Sotiris Mitralexis & Dr Dionysios Skliris
We would like to invite scholars interested in the Žižekian work’s relationship to Christianity or Christian theology to submit a scholarly article/book chapter for inclusion in the upcoming academic volume entitled Slavoj Žižek and Christianity. While this volume cannot but be interdisciplinary in nature, and this is most welcome, the editors aim at a primary categorization of the volume under “philosophy” (rather than, for example, social studies or theology).
Slavoj Žižek’s critical engagement with Christian theology goes way beyond his seminal monograph The Fragile Absolute, or his The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity, or his discussion with noted theologian John Milbank, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? (as well as substantial parts of The Parallax View). His reading of Christianity as expounded in his voluminous hitherto oeuvre, uniting elements of Lacanian psychoanalysis and Hegelian philosophy as well as modern and contemporary philosophical currents, has a rightful claim to originality. Far from being an outright rejection of Christian thought and intellectual heritage, Žižek’s work could be seen as a perverse (or “decaffeinated”) affirmation thereof, which could perhaps include elements that would be of interest to Christian theology itself. This volume focuses on these aspects of Slavoj Žižek’s thought and, either with philosophy and cultural theory or with Christian theology serving as starting points of enquiry, unites a variety of different approaches to the broad thematic area that is circumscribed by this comparison—from Hegelianism and psychoanalysis to social theory and cultural studies.
Those interested in contributing to this volume should take heed of the following:
For the peer-reviewed selection process, please send to email@example.com no later than April 1, 2016, one DOC(X) or RTF file consisting of the following:
As soon as the book chapters have been selected on the basis of paper abstracts, the book proposal will be submitted to international academic publishing houses.
For the second stage, i.e. the submission of book chapters for publication by the authors that have been selected, please follow the following guidelines closely and submit your article to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 30, 2016.
Guidelines, formatting etc:
http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html —please follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all relevant matters including punctuation. Use double quotation marks for all cases (including single words) except for quotes within quotes.
Tuesday 23 February – 8pm
Grill a theologian – Your chance to ask a Theologian about absolutely anything!
Dr Conor Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Theology and Philiosophy at the University of Nottingham, and the Co-Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy.
He’s the Author of Genealogy of Nihilism: Philosophies of Nothing and the Difference of Theology and Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong, winner of a Catholic Press Award. He wrote and presented the BBC 2 documentary “Did Darwin Kill God?”, which originally aired in 2009, and he is currently writing a book on the Soul.
In 2012-2013 he was a Fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, where he worked in a team of 12, composed of mainly atheist scientists, a philosopher and three theologians on the question of ‘Evolution and Human Nature’. Whilst in Princeton, he was ‘theologian in residence’ in 2013 at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Past research includes:
He’s agreed to come along and answer any (theological) question thrown at him!
We usually meet in the Hand and Heart pub in Nottingham; there’s an upper room (appropriately enough) which we use. Equip yourself with the drink of your choice from the bar, and then find your way upstairs.
For more information, including a map to the event in Nottingham, click here.
September 16-18, 2016, Montreal, Canada
Keynote by Dr. Eric McLuhan
Author of The Sensus Communis, Synesthesia, and the Soul: An Odyssey (2015) and with Marshal McLuhan Media and Formal Cause (2011)
It has now been nearly twenty years since the internet became a defining part of daily human life, and at least five years since social media became a portable and normative vehicle of human interaction.
Data from sources as diverse as neuroscience, psychology, social sciences, education and philosophy are beginning to render a picture of dramatic transformation of the human person. Our brains are being wired differently. The ability to think, to remember, and to contemplate is changing. Social discourse has been affected, especially among the young.
The benefits of digital media are readily visible. Taking a step back, and critically evaluating social media’s effects on human well being is a task that many scholars are now beginning to undertake.
Theological anthropology can make many contributions to the discourse, and conversely, there is much that can enrich a Christian understanding of the human person from the data of the sciences.
This colloquium aims to address the question of social media and its effects, to evaluate our successes and failures in integrating our digital tools, and to seek norms that might guide us to greater human freedom and flourishing.
Submission deadline: May 31, 2016
All papers must demonstrate technical merit and accessibility to a multidisciplinary audience. Final drafts will be considered for publication in an edited volume. To submit a proposal, email a 250-word abstract and C.V. by May 31, 2016 to email@example.com. Final drafts must be submitted by August 31, 2016. Conveners: Robert Di Pede (Newman Institute/McGill University) and John O’Brien SJ (Regis College/University of Toronto).
Hosted and sponsored jointly by the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies and McGill University.
Call for Papers
The Logic of Evil in Contemporary Literature and Theology
Day Conference – Friday, 20 May 2016
Worcester College, Oxford
This conference is intended to bring theologians, philosophers of religion, and literary scholars together to frame approaches to the problem of political evil—a project one might call ‘political demonology’—for our contemporary political and cultural crisis.
What or who is the political enemy? What is political evil or sin? If we are living in the age of ‘the complete triumph of the individual’ (Giles Châtelet), then the status of ‘individuality’ ‘subjectivity,’ and ‘soul,’ must be attended to in this context. But if individuality is coming to some kind of end (post-modern, post-capitalist, post-material, or otherwise), what moral-political regime is, or should be, appearing on the horizon? And what, then, is the meaning, place, and aesthetic of evil as a political phenomenon? Would the transformation of the individual mean liberation, oblivion, or even imply new forms of violence? And what is the role of statehood or the social? Through this interdisciplinary dialogue we seek to reformulate our own definitions, even as various contemporary crises violently reformulate them for us.
We seek 20-minute papers on any topic relating to ‘political demonology’—broadly defined as the genesis, location, logic, categorization, or implementation of political evil. Participants are encouraged to approach the topic from any angle. While we address ourselves to the present, historical approaches that illuminate the contemporary moment and our current conceptions are very welcome.
Questions to be considered might also include:
Please send your abstract (200 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 March 2016.
The conference is organized by the Political Demonology Working Group, initiated by Therese Feiler (Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Theology and Religion) and Michael Mayo (Junior Research Fellow, Faculty of English).
Law vs Milbank: Belief and the Gods, pt. 3:
Stephen Law: “Are arguments in defence of religion nothing but pseudo-profundity?”
Law vs Milbank: Belief and the Gods, pt. 4:
John Milbank: “In comparing the finite and the infinite, paradox is a powerful tool.”
Previous posts in this series:
Law vs Milbank: Belief and the Gods, pt. 1:
Stephen Law: “Philosophy should side with science in the fight against religion.”
Law vs Milbank: Belief and the Gods, pt. 2:
John Milbank: “There is more to reality than can be seen from the lab and armchair.”
Keighton Auditorium, University Park Campus
Tuesday 24th May 2016 (19:00-20:30)
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Nottingham
t: 0115 841 5806 or 07519 535 802
Public lecture at the UoN, Tuesday, 24 May 2016: “Muslims in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges”
Invitation-only dinner for academics, religious and civil society leaders, political figures and media representatives at the UoN, Wednesday, 25 May 2016: “The Muslim Responsibility for Trust Building in the UK”.
Postgrad research seminar, UoN School of Politics and International Relations, “Pakistan’s Evolving Strategies to Deal with the Taliban.” Lunch, Thursday, 26 May 2016
Public lecture presented by Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University, Washington DC, and former High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK.
In conjunction with the Karimia Institute’s trust building project: ‘A forum of mutual trust, peace and reconciliation in British society through better understanding of each other’.
Prof Ahmed is the former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and he now holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington DC. His primary discipline is cultural anthropology, and his last three projects have looked at Muslims in the US, the war on terror in south Asia, and Muslims in Europe, respectively. Further biographical information and a CV are found here: http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/akbar.cfm and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_S._Ahmed.
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