Agamben events at Northwestern

On the 15th anniversary of Giorgio Agamben’s Northwestern lectures the Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group presents with support from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Program in Critical Theory, and the German department.

Friday, April 18, 12.30-3pm, Kaplan seminar room (Kresge 2-380)

Alessia Ricciardi – The Highest Poverty as Form of Life: Agamben’s Franciscanism and the Contemporary

Virgil W. Brower – “High Use”: Martin Luther as a hidden protagonist in Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer series

Wednesday, April 23, 2-3.30pm, German seminar room (Kresge 2-500)

Samuel Weber (in conversation with Peter Fenves and Anthony C. Adler, Yonsei University) – Politics of Singularity: Ontology, Theology, Economy

Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Paul: May’s finale; summer’s open vista

As semesters adjourn and quarters eye the end, InterCcECT invites you to propose summer projects.  What are your summer reading goals?  Writing goals?  Want to convene a session or working group?  InterCcECT wants you!

May is wrapping up with a theory bang around town; let some of these events this week from our calendar inspire your proposals to us!

17-19 May Which Way Forward for Psychoanalysis?
19-21 May Phenomenology Roundtable
20-21 May two talks presented by Paul of Tarsus Working Group

Discussion over newly-published NT commentaries by Schelling

T h e P a u l o f T a r s u s W o r k i n g G r o u p presents:

CHRISTIAN DANZ, Professor of Systematic Theology (University of Vienna)
will discuss three of Freidrich W.J. Schelling’s early texts from 1793:
“Kommentar zum Galaterbrief”,
“Stellensammlung zu Paulus”,

Sunday, November 18th
5:30 pm
Shimer College
3424 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616

As of now, texts are only available in German.
If you would like a copy of the texts to read (or translate) in preparation for Professor Danz’ visit, please email

— Bio —
Christian Danz is professor of systematic theology at the Evangelic Theological Faculty at the University of Vienna. He is the president of the German Paul Tillich Society and the editor for two volumes of the historical-critical edition of the works of Friedrich W.J. Schelling. The first of these volumes is due to appear in print at the end of this year and will, for the first time, provide access to unpublished material potentially crucial for the understanding of the genesis of the philosophy of German idealism as well as the background of theological discussions in the late Age of Enlightenment and the history of theology and science. Professor Danz will present and discuss three early writings where Schelling engages the letters of Saint Paul.

This is event is open and free to the public and is co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Caputo to speak at Northwestern

T h e P a u l o f T a r s u s W o r k i n g G r o u p presents:

JOHN D. CAPUTO, Professor of Religion at Syracuse University,
will discuss two chapters from his forthcoming book,
The Insistence of God: A Theology of “Perhaps” (Indiana University Press, 2013).
These two chapters take Jacques Derrida as its point of departure (khora, croyance, re-ligio-).
But the breadth of their discussion engages theologians, (Augustine, Angelius Silesius, & Meister Eckhart) philosophers, (Spinoza, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Hegel, Nietzsche, Lacan,
Levinas, and Žižek) and Biblical texts (Exodus 3:14, Matt 10:16, Matt 10:34, & Luke 19:41).

Thursday, November 15th
4-6 PM
Parkes Hall, Room 222
1870 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208

Email if you would like a copy of the two chapters.
Please keep in mind they are ‘in-press’ with IUP and not for distribution.

This event is co-sponsored by The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, The Department of Philosophy at DePaul University, The After-Life of Phenomenology Workshop, and the Departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies, French & Italian, Political Science, English, German, and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University.

Agamben on Liturgy & Politics, Wed., Oct. 17, 7pm

The Paul of Tarsus Working Group presents:

ADAM KOTSKO, Professor of Humanities at Shimer College and current translator of Giorgio Agamben’s Opus Dei (Homo Sacer, II.5), forthcoming from Stanford University Press, will discuss a chapter from the new book entitled “Liturgy and Politics.”

7-9 PM
CLS Seminar Room, Crowe 1-125

Email if you would like a copy of the text. Please specify if you would prefer the original Italian, the published French, or a draft of Professor Kotsko’s working translation.

Other applicable texts include the Epistle to the Hebrews, Romans 15, and Clement’s Epistle to the Corinthians.

Paul Reading Group Event Monday

The Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group at Northwestern University presents:

David Nowell-Smith (Université Paris VII)
who will be leading a workshop on:
“Paul, Phenomenology, Facticity”
Monday, May 23, at 6:30pm in the German Seminar Room (Kresge 2-500)

He suggests looking at Sections 29, 31, 32 of Being and Time and Sections 23-29 of The Phenomenology of Religious Life

David Nowell-Smith is maître de langue anglaise at the Institut Charles V, Université Paris VII – Denis Diderot. He studied English Literature and Philosophy at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and King’s College, London, obtaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge in 2010 (‘Poetry and Poetics in the Work of Martin Heidegger’). He is editor of the online journal Thinking Verse (

Paul Reading Group Event with Bill Martin Tuesday

[I have been asked to pass this announcement along.]

The Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group 2011 presents
Bill Martin (Philosophy, Depaul): On Saint Paul Among the Philosophers
TIME: Tuesday, May 10 · 5:00pm – 7:00pm
VENUE: German Seminar Room, Kresge 2-500, Northwestern University

Bill Martin (Philosophy, Depaul University) will be discussing Badiou’s and Boyarin’s engagements with Paul, with reference to the recently published volume, Saint Paul Among the Philosophers (ed. John D. Caputo and Linda Alcoff, 2009).

Professor Martin will make extensive reference to Daniel Boyarin’s article, and will lead a workshop based on his own, pre-distributed paper. Please contact Julia ( if you would like to receive either text by email.

This event is co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Program in Critical Theory, Department of Philosophy, and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies.

Best wishes,
Julia Ng / Virgil Brower, Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group