I have real mixed feelings about this conference, but readers may be interested in a two-day conference being held here at Nottingham. It’s called “Christian Social Teaching and the Politics of Money” and you can find more information by following that link. I was a little surprised that Prof. Philip Goodchild isn’t giving a keynote since, you know, he wrote a book called Theology of Money. While he does have a very interesting suggestion about the role of religion in dealing with capitalism it doesn’t slavishly suggest that “Christian” social teaching (which Christian social teaching?) already has the answers or can provide us with “more equality, more consensus, more human happiness, a better ecology [?!?!]” (as the conference poster says). Anyway, might be interesting and/or it might confirm already present suspicions.
This is about a month old, but Thomas Lynch posted a very detailed summary of a recent conference at Birkbeck on Latin American political thought. It really is worth a read and Thomas should be thanked for providing us with this sort of thing. Usually we can only count on the overworked pig infinite thought to do this sort of free work (and really we should all thank her more often), so nice to see more bloggers doing it. Thomas also posted a few thoughts on a recent public debate between Žižek and John Milbank.