Between Kant and Hegel: Alexandre Kojève and the End of Law

Law, Theology & Culture & The End of Law Seminar 1/6, 16:00: Between Kant and Hegel: Alexandre Kojève and the End of Law.

We are happy to announce the second Law, Theology and Culture lecture (organized together with the project End of Law) on Tuesday 1st of June 16.00 to 18.00.

Our guest is Jeff Love, Research Professor of German and Russian at Clemson University and translator from German, Russian, and Portuguese.

Alexandre Kojève is best known for the influential lectures he gave on Hegel to an enthralled audience of French intellectuals including Raymond Aron, Henry Corbin, Jacques Lacan, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Aside from these lectures, published in 1947 as Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Kojéve published relatively little before his death in 1968. Yet, he left over 26 boxes of unpublished material on a variety of topics, from quantum physics and the continuum hypothesis to a major treatise on law called Outline of a Phenomenology of Right (Esquisse d’une phénoménologie du droit). Kojève wrote this treatise (586 pages in the French book edition) in 1943 while living in Vichy France. He expounds in it a comprehensive theory of justice and the universal homogeneous state that promises to usher in the end of history and perhaps of law itself. In my talk, I shall examine some of the central legal features of Kojève’s  universal and homogeneous state and consider whether Kojève actually affirms that history can be brought to an end through a final legal regime or not. In this respect, Kojève reprises his end of history thesis from the Hegel lectures as well as putting it in question, opposing Hegelian finality to what Kojeve terms Kantian “skepticism” about final ends. 

Jeff Love is Research Professor of German and Russian at Clemson University. He is the author of The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojève (Columbia University Press, 2018), Tolstoy: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2008), and The Overcoming of History in War and Peace (Brill, 2004). He has also published a translation of Alexandre Kojève’s Atheism (Columbia University Press, 2018), an annotated translation (with Johannes Schmidt) of F.W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (State University of New York Press, 2006), and recently a translation of António Lobo Antunes’s novel Until Stones Become Lighter Than Water (Yale University Press, 2019).

Time: Jun 1, 2021 16:00 Stockholm

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Public Theologies in Vibrating Cities: Precious and Precarious, call for working groups


GLOBAL NETWORK FOR PUBLIC THEOLOGY
VII CONSULTATION CURITIBA, BRAZIL, 03-06 OCTOBER, 2022 Public Theologies in Vibrating Cities: Precious and Precarious
Call for Working Groups

Cities vibrate, shine, resonate. They are vibrant, tourist brochures tell us – lively, that is, interesting for those who seek for good food, nightlife, and entertainment. But much more than that, public life is vibrating. What do these vibrations mean? What kind of vibrations are we feeling? Which ones are we systematically closing our senses to? Cities are both precious and precarious. They represent the precious: creativity, mobility, sound, colour, construction, organization, interaction. But they also feature the precarious: poverty, traffic jams, noise, smog, destruction, chaos, exclusion. A diversity of publics, of interests, of beliefs, of needs, of longings and belongings emerge from the cities. Thus, by amplifying our understanding on publics and theologies, by appreciating the preciousness and discovering the precariousness, by realizing that there is preciousness in what is considered precarious, and that there is precarity in what is regarded as precious, we believe that there may be a more complete analysis of cities’ ambiguities and the critical and constructive role public theology can play in this context.

These are some of the issues the upcoming 7th Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT) Consultation intends to address. Alongside panels and lectures, our Working Groups will help us think through current challenges and possibilities for public theologies in vibrating cities. As a new development in the GNPT Consultations, we invite you to send us Working Group proposals first, and individual proposals per Working Group later, following a second call. This initiative follows the purpose of articulating continuous research and exchange of different groups connected to the network, beyond and in-between Consultations. Such Working Groups need not necessarily reflect the above-mentioned Consultation theme; however, they have to show a clear connection to public theology. There could be, for instance, a “Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Public Theology Working Group”, joining those for whom research on Bonhoeffer in this perspective ranks high in their interest, academic and practical engagement.

The call will be open for application till the end of June. Thereafter, the Executive shall analyse the proposals and decide either to accept, to ask for amendment (also asking for possible mergers of similar groups), or to reject the application. In a second call, in early 2022, for individual papers, the application will be directly sent to a specific Working Group whose leadership will be responsible for the acceptance, amendment, or rejection of the paper proposals. The Working Groups Call is open to different institutions, but there should be at least one representative of a GNPT Member Institution in each proposal.

The proposal must contain:

1. At least two and at most three proponents representing different institutions, preferentially from different countries. At least one proponent should be connected to a GNPT Member Institution.
2. A short academic biography of each proponent.
3. A Title.
4. An Abstract. The abstract, written in English, should be no longer than 250 words. It should give a succinct account of context, the objectives, and significance of the matter the Working Group is aiming to address. It should also mention previous collaboration within or beyond the GNPT on the proposed topic.
5. Keywords.

Proposals shall be sent to gnpt2022@pucpr.br by June 30, 2021, 18.00 hours BRT. The GNPT Executive will then proceed to analysis and make a decision by August 15, 2021, whereafter the proposers will be informed about the decision taken.

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Theological Genealogies of Modernity

International virtual conference on the stories of how we came to inhabit the modern world

8-11 July, 13:00-16:50 (BST)

Genealogies of modernity are broad narrative accounts of the rise and nature of our present cultural condition. Theology nearly always features, in some way or another, in narratives about the formation of modernity, even if its role is just being a discourse and set of practices that was gradually marginalized by the onset of a more secular age. This conference gathers together an international team of scholars to explore genealogies of modernity sympathetically and to evaluate them critically. The contributors will discuss a range of important figures and focused topics, and they will pay special attention to stories that are often, though perhaps unhelpfully, understood as decline narratives—accounts of modernity that do not associate it unambiguously with progress. So-called decline genealogies have significant influence within theology across several confessional traditions, but like any narrative with the massive scope of a genealogy of modernity, making a case for them is necessarily complex. How are “decline” narratives and other accounts constructed? If these stories seek to do something more than just to describe historical processes, how do subtly normative dimensions enter into them? How do genealogical narratives look from the perspective of constituencies that are often marginalized?

Register for free at TheoGenealogies.eventbrite.co.uk

Conference Papers

Christine Helmer, “Gen[der]ealogy: A Theological Account”

Jonathan Teubner, “Liberal Progress, Historical Decline: Adolf von Harnack and the Practice of Historical Theology in the United States”

Cyril O’Regan, “Heidegger’s Apocalyptic Philosophy and the Return of Marcionism”

Brad Gregory, “Is Global Ecological Disaster a Sufficient Criterion for a ‘Narrative of Decline?’ Capitalism, Liberalism, and the Anthropocene”

Joel Rasmussen, “A Vote of Thanks to Nietzsche: Christianity, Modernity, and Cultural Plurality”

John Milbank, “Theology, Philosophy and History”

Silvianne Aspray, “How Then Should We Write Genealogies? A Proposal”

Ragnar Misje Bergem, “The Spirit of Modernity and its Fate”

Peter Harrison, “Genealogy, Normativity, and Naturalism”

Darren Sarisky, “Recharacterizing ‘Decline’ Narratives”

Pui-Him Ip, “Spiritual Exegesis, Ressourcement, and Theological Genealogies”

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CfP: Being human – Anthropology through the eyes of modern science and biblical faith

Teologiska föreningen Theofil invites paper proposals for a conference on 25-26 October 2021 in Lund, Sweden. The keynote speaker is Professor Alister McGrath, Oxford.

Vi välkomnar papers som i konstruktiv dialog med den kristna traditionen behandlar teologisk antropologi. Bidragen kan antingen relatera till konferensens fokus på naturvetenskapliga och exegetiska perspektiv på antropologi, men även andra perspektiv är välkomna (t.ex. etiska eller teologi -historiska)

Varje paper får 20 minuter till presentation och beroende på antalet inkomna bidrag tid för respons. Vi planerar att efter konferensen kunna publicera en konferens-volym med bidrag från konferensen.

I urvalsprocessen kommer särskilt bidrag från masterstudenter och doktorander at beaktas. Sammanfattning om max 400 ord insänds senast 23 juli 2021, till konferens@theofil.nu

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Reconciliation: SST Post-Graduate Conference 2021

Conference at the University of Cambridge, 13-15 September

The theme of the conference is ‘reconciliation’, taken both in the sense of the Christian doctrine of reconciliation (from a diversity of perspectives) and the broader sense of reconciling prominent divisions within the landscape of theology. We invite proposals for short paper presentations to be delivered in a maximum of 20 minutes. Please provide a title and abstract of up to 150 words.

The deadline for proposals is 1 July.

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Law, Theology & Culture Seminar Series at Lund

The Law, Theology & Culture Seminar Series is a seminar series organised jointly by faculty members of Lund’s Faculty of Law and Lund’s Centre for Theology and Religious Studies. For link to the seminar and more information about the seminar series, contact valentin.jeutner@jur.lu.se.

I.
Seminar Title: The right to freedom of religion and the right against religious discrimination
Speaker: Tarun Khaitan, Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at Wadham College (Oxford) and a Vice Dean at Oxford University’s Faculty of Law
Date/Time: Tuesday, 30 March 2021 at 16:00 – 17:30
Link: Zoom: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/64501586489)
More information: https://www.jur.lu.se/#!ID5BA14811B165A1E6C125865B002C51AC

II.
Seminar Title: The Innocence of Pontius Pilate: How the Roman Trial of Jesus Shaped History
Speaker: David Lloyd Dusenbury (Research Fellow, Hebrew U.)
Date/Time: 21 September 2021, 16:00
Link: Zoom: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/64879806663
More information: https://www.law.lu.se/#!ID533B6139EE0A66D3C125868400349B54

III.
Seminar Title: Keeping the Faith: What Law and Religion have in Common
Speaker: Judith Hahn (Chair of Canon Law, Bochum U.)
Date/Time: 23 November 2021, 16:00
Link: Zoom: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/64879806663
More information: https://judith-hahn.de/

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European Academy of Religion – Annual Conference & Call for Papers

It is with great pleasure that the European Academy of Religion announces its fourth Annual Conference, which will take place in Münster (Germany) between Monday, August 30th and Thursday, September 2nd2021. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster will be the organizing institution. As in previous years, the scientific program will be composed of working sessions (panels and book presentations) and keynote lectures that will focus on the overarching topic Religion and Change. (click link for details)

The call for proposals is open: proponents will be able to submit their panels and AMC sessions until Monday, March 1st, 2021 (23:59, GMT+1). (click link for details)

Due to the COVID-19 related emergency, the conference will be moved online in case the sanitary measures should not allow to host it in presence. Conference cancellation will be announced in due time, with further information on how to run the sessions online.


While registrations to the conference will open in early 2021, important dates for proposal submissions are
as follows:


~ Opening of the resubmission of 2020 panels Friday, December 4th, 2020
~ Opening of the call for panels and AMC proposals Friday, December 4th, 2020
~ Deadline for the resubmission of 2020 panels Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
~ Opening of the call for papers (within accepted panels) Monday, February 1st, 2021
~ Deadline for panel and AMC submissions Monday, March 1st, 2021
~ Deadline for paper proposal submissions Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
~ Deadline for sending the final details of all accepted sessions Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
~ Deadline for requesting changes regarding the scheduling of all sessions included in the conference program Wednesday, June 6th, 2021

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Symposium: Historical and Political perspectives on Human Rights

On May 25-26th 2021, a symposium will be arranged at the University of Gothenburg on the history and future of human rights.

Against the background of rampant economic inequality, increased social polarization and the rise of authoritarian populism, it is motivated to revisit the role and status of human rights. To discuss how we can understand human rights as a historical and political problem, we have invited some of the foremost authorities in the world to discuss the subject in Gothenburg between the 25th and 26th of May 2021.

Speakers are: 

  • Professor Samuel Moyn, Yale University
  • Associate Professor Jessica Whyte, University of New South Wales
  • Professor John Milbank, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Professor Hans Joas, Humbold-Universität zu Berlin
  • Professor Lena Halldenius, Lunds universitet
  • Professor Elena Namli, Uppsala Universitet

Practicalities:

Dates: May 25-26, 2021. 

Venue: Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20, Gothenburg. Changes can be made due to the development of the corona virus during the spring.

Organizers: Tomas Wedin (Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion), Johan Söderberg (Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science) and Carl Wilén (The Department of Sociology and Work Science).

Free admission, but registration needs to be done in advance.

Registration and more: 

For further information, contact the organizer at: manskligarattighetergbg2021@gmail.com

The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond,  and three departments at the University of Gothenburg: Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, The Department of Sociology and Work Science, and Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science.

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Christianity and Nationalism seminar series in Lund, spring 2021

Time: Tuesdays at 16.15-18.00 (unless otherwise indicated).
Zoom: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/69542595209

16 February: Sentimental Orthodoxy in Ukraine

Tornike Metreveli will present his forthcoming research project within the platform and talk about his recent book Orthodox Christianity and the Politics of Transition: Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia (Routledge, 2021).

Tornike Metreveli is a sociologist of religion focusing on Orthodox Christianity. Before joining Lund, he had research fellowships at the University of St. Gallen, Harvard, and London School of Economics.

23 March: Church and Nation: Historical Perspectives

This seminar will address the entangled relationship between nationalism, the churches and Christian theology in Europe from various historical perspectives (18th and 19th centuries). As a more recent example, it will also discuss how the Swedish primary school functioned as a ‘church’ for a modern national Christianity until the 1960s.

Urban Claesson is professor of Church history, Uppsala University, focusing on a wide range of topics such as Lutheran education and Lutheran identity, Pietism, National Churches in Nordic Nation-building and the use of history.

Erik Sidenvall is adjunct professor in Church history, Lund University, focusing on European Christianity during the modern era with an emphasis on social history, gender and micro history.

27 April: Religious Literacy and Education: Non-confessional Religious Education in Pluralistic Swedish Schools

This seminar focuses on the complexity of Swedish schools as arenas for implementing the dual task of embracing both traditional knowledge mandate and the democratic “citizenship” mandate, serving challenges to teachers when it comes to religious non-confessional education in the global classroom /pluralistic classroom.

Sinikka Neuhaus is Head of Teacher Education and Assistant Head of Department and Programmes Director at the CEP, Lund University.

Johanna Gustafsson Lundberg is Associate Professor (Docent) of Ethics at the CTR, Lund University.

18 May: Imbrications of Gender and Religion in Nordic Radical Right Populism

Ov Cristian Norocel will present a recent study on the ways in which issues of gender and religion are employed for ideological purposes in the discourses of radical right populist parties which have made significant inroads in parliamentary politics in these countries during the past decade. More specifically, the study departs from the complexity of Swedish and Finnish societies as paragons of social welfare and gender equality, whereby Lutheran Christianity underpins discreetly their largely secularized character.

Ov Cristian Norocel holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Helsinki and is currently Associate Senior Lecturer at Lund University’s Department of Gender Studies.

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