CFP : Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion

Oct 24, 2011 by

Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion

June 15-­16, 2012 Ryerson University Toronto, Canada


We invite submissions from scholars and graduate students based in Canada and abroad on the topic of Continental Thought and Religion. The general theme of the conference is meant to reflect the variety of articulations of religion that have emerged in contemporary European thought. While the focus of the conference is continental thought, we nonetheless conceive the latter in an interdisciplinary manner (including literary theory, social and political thought, psychoanalysis,  and religious studies). We also encourage submissions from people interested in exploring possible connections with analytic philosophy.

Confirmed Speakers: John Caputo (Syracuse U.), Bettina Bergo (U. de Montréal), more to be announced in the near


In addition  to our keynote  speaker,  John Caputo,  we will have  four commissioned  workshops  comprised  of two papers and a response, and a series of themed panels. We invite submissions of three-­?page  proposals for essays for the following themed panels with included possible topics:

Phenomenology of Religion

•     The thought of Chrétien, Henry, Lacoste, Levinas, Marion, and Ricoeur

•     Topics: the gift; the work of art; appearance and transcendence; call and response

Religion and Politics

•     The thought of Agamben, Asad, Connolly, Derrida, de Vries, Girard, Habermas, Schmitt, and Taylor

•     Topics: political theology; the post-­?secular; sovereignty; religion and violence; pluralism

Religion and Speculative Realism

•     The thought of Brassier, Harman, Laruelle, and Meillassoux

•     Topics: materialism; correlationism; nihilism; the things themselves; divine inexistence; ‘future Christ’

Beyond Theism and Atheism

•     The thought of Caputo, Kearney, Kristeva, Milbank, Vattimo

•     Topics: kenosis; anatheism; weak theology; a/theology; radical orthodoxy

Continental Thought, Religion, and Aesthetics

•     The artwork of Bresson, Caravaggio, Celan, Chagall, Dostoyevsky, Dumont, Artemisia Gentileschi, Kahlo, Kapoor, Kiarostami, Kiefer, Malick, Newman, O’Keefe, and Stevens

•     The thought of Cavell, Cixous, Critchley, Irigaray, Marion, Nancy, and Rancière

•     Topics: transcendence in art; image and icon; creativity and creation; representation and idolatry

Immanentism and Religion

•     Agamben, Badiou, Bergson, Deleuze, James, Foucault, Keller, and Žižek

•     Topics: self-­?organization; the event; plurality; bio-­?power; polydoxy

History of Continental Thought and Religion

•     Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger

•     Topics: death of God; reason and faith; scripture and philosophy; religion and fantasy; onto-­?theology

Please  send  only  one  three-­?page  (double-­?spaced)  proposal  on  one  of  the  above  themes  and  any  questions  to  by  December  31,  2011.  We  intend  to  notify  authors  about  our  decisions  by  February  28, 2012.  Other  conference  details  (registration  fee,  preliminary  program,  etc.)  will  be  announced  in  new  year.

The VCTR Conference is organized by John Caruana (Philosophy, Ryerson University) and Mark Cauchi (Humanities, York University).

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