Theology and Continental Philosophy at the AAR

As co-chair of the Theology and Continental Philosophy programming unit, I’m pleased to announce the sessions that we are running this year. A summary of the titles, days, and times follows, with full information “below the fold.”

“Bataille, Blackness, and the Tumultuous Sacred,” Saturday, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
“The Devil and the Demons: Neoliberal Theology in the Work of Adam Kotsko,” Saturday, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
“The Jew, the Christian, and the Ends of the World,” Monday, 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
“Mormon Theology and Continental Thought,” Monday, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
“New Frontiers in Phenomenology of Religion,” Tuesday, 8:30 AM–10:00 AM

Philosophy of Religion Unit and Theology and Continental
Philosophy Unit
Theme: Bataille, Blackness, and the Tumultuous Sacred
Saturday, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Convention Center-4 (Upper Level West)
Amy M. Hollywood, Harvard University, Presiding
Kent Brintnall, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
The Obscenity of Recognition: Bataille among the Afropessimists
J. Kameron Carter, Indiana University
Bataille in Black Feminism’s Wake (Towards a Poetics of the Sacred)
Danube Johnson, Harvard University
An Ecclesiasticall Pessimism
Joseph Winters, Duke University
Between Ecstasy and Anguish: Black Studies and the Excessive Sacred

Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit
Theme: The Devil and the Demons: Neoliberal Theology in the Work of Adam Kotsko
Saturday, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Marquis-Presidio 1 (North Tower – Lobby Level)
Stephen Keating, Chicago Theological Seminary, Presiding
Panelists:
An Yountae, California State University, Northridge
Jared Rodriguez, Northwestern University
Laurel C. Schneider, Vanderbilt University
Maxwell Kennel, McMaster University
Responding:
Adam Kotsko, North Central College

Business Meeting:
Beatrice Marovich, Hanover College, and Adam Kotsko, North
Central College, Presiding

Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit
Theme: The Jew, the Christian, and the Ends of the World
Monday, 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront-Sapphire 411A (Fourth Level)
Timothy Snediker, University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding
Sarah Pessin, University of Denver
Hypostasis, Home…Host? Inhabiting Economic v. Created v.
Eucharistic Worlds in Levinas
Josiah Solis, Claremont Graduate University
Cosmological Play: Derrida and the World
Benjamin Steele-Fisher, University of California, Davis
Messianic Illusions: Taubes on Bloch and Benjamin
Tal-Hi Bitton, University of Oregon
Friendships Derived from Enmities: Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as Christian Theogeopolitical Colonization
Responding:
Oona Eisenstadt, Pomona College

Mormon Studies Unit and Theology and Continental
Philosophy Unit
Theme: Mormon Theology and Continental Thought
Monday, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center-17A (Mezzanine Level)
Taylor Petrey, Kalamazoo College, Presiding
Joseph Spencer, Brigham Young University
Faith of an Observer: Francois Laruelle and (Latter-Day Saint)
Theology
Kimberly Berkey, Loyola University, Chicago
Plastic Mormons, Plastic Texts: Catherine Malabou and Latter-Day
Saint Theology
Adam S Miller, Collin College
Performativity, Messianism, and Mormonism

Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit
Theme: New Frontiers in Phenomenology of Religion
Tuesday, 8:30 AM–10:00 AM
Hilton Bayfront-Sapphire 410A (Fourth Level)
Adam Kotsko, North Central College, Presiding
Andrew Tebbutt, University of Toronto
The Theological Re-Turn: Reading “The French Debate” through Hegel’s Hermeneutical Phenomenology of Religion
Nixon Cleophat, Bloomfield College
Haitian Vodou, a Critical Lens Re-Contextualizing Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: Spirit Possession as the Meta-Praxis of the Liberation of the Historically Oppressed
Matt Waggoner, Albertus Magnus College
On Certain Anti-Urban Inclinations in the Early Phenomenology of Religion
Willie Young, Endicott College
Ethnography, Phenomenology, and Social Embodiment in Religion

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