Midweek Holiday Link Post

The details of an edited volume based on Syracuse University’s second Postmodernism, Culture, and Religion have been released. The volume considers questions of sexuality and feminism in relation to Continental philosophy of religion and hopefully it will bring some much needed attention to this topic.

On Friday the 17th I attended and spoke at the “Religion & Liberation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” conference hosted at Durham University and supported by their Centre for Catholic Studies and Faith and Globalization Programme. It was a great conference and included AUFS favorites Philip Goodchild and Roland Boer as keynotes. It was great to meet Roland in the flesh and he was every bit the legend I had heard. I was also nice to meet Andrew Brower Latz of Beyond Unknowing. At the conference I presented a paper entitled “The Poverty of the Earth: What does Nature have to do with Liberation?” and I’ve uploaded the audio for those may be interested. I make mention of another paper that was co-written with Daniel Colucciello Barber and that may be found at the JCRT website [warning PDF]

Urbanomic has released details about upcoming publications, including two Laruelle translations and a book on the philosophy of mathematics. They have also posted the transcript [warning PDF] of a conversation with Quentin Meillassoux that may be of interest to some readers.

3 thoughts on “Midweek Holiday Link Post

  1. Just finished listening to the audio. Well done. I wish more of our generation would bring Bergson back into conversation. While some of my questions ended up being discussed in the Q&A–so I won’t raise them here–I do, however, have a more practical question. The EPA in the US defines environmental justice as

    “Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, culture, education, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair Treatment means that no group of people, ncluding racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies. Meaningful Involvement means that: (1) potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health; (2) the public’s contribution can influence the regulatory agency’s decision; (3) the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision-making process; and (4) the decisionmakers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected.”

    First question: How do we, while critiquing metaphysical separation between human/culture and non-human/nature, actually come to hear nature’s own voice–the cry of the earth–without having our own human voice distorting nature’s voice? Is it even possible to hear the cry of non-human nature without having a human bias (autoaffection)? I suppose not. Perhaps there cannot be zero violence; rather, we should pursue the least violence? Sorry, this isn’t as clearly stated as I would like; I think you get where I’m going.

    Second question: Why should poor persons, not the poor in general, but poor non-white persons have any feeling of responsibility to participate in environmental programs? I emphasize non-whites/persons of color due to the fact that much environmental oppression is linked to racial oppression, as well as, obviously, classism and sexism.

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