Thinking the Absolute Conference: Absolute Mysticism Audio

While I was in the UK finishing up the Principles of Non-Philosophy translation with Nicola Rubczak I took a short break to attend the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion‘s Thinking the Absolute conference, hosted at Liverpool Hope University. It was an overwhelming experience for me because of all the old friends, new friends, and associated folk it brought together into one place. I won’t go into specifics of keynotes, which a few others have already done, but just say that it was overwhelming for me to hear people engaging with my work, the work of my friends, and to have such engaging conversations about a variety of different topics with people outside the usual orthodoxies we usually have to deal with at similar conferences. It was also an absolutely surreal experience to watch François Laruelle participate in a black mass. When a friend, Jessie Hock, explained to him in French that what was happening was “a sin”, he leapt up to receive the unholy host. Words fail to capture this event!

You can listen to to the panel that I was part of, along with Daniel Colucciello Barber and Nicola Masciandaro, entitled Absolute Mysticism, either by streaming it on this site (sorry the embed code won’t take in WordPress and Soundcloud doesn’t like the file for some reason) or downloading the MP3 directly from my DropBox. The file contains all three of our papers and the questions. A note on the quality, while I think the whole thing is listenable, you need to turn the volume up higher for Daniel’s and Nicola’s papers, since I just used my iPad to record, which I read my paper off of and so was speaking directly into it. Next time I’ll take my fancy mic and record with my iPhone. Both their papers are simply incredible, with Nicola’s moving a few us near to the point of tears. I hope you enjoy them.

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11 Responses to “Thinking the Absolute Conference: Absolute Mysticism Audio”

  1. Alex Says:

    Also you have literally the loudest paper delivery voice in the history of the academy. ;-)

    Looking forward to listening to these, wish I could have been there.

  2. Adam Kotsko Says:

    Why on earth didn’t I go to this?!?!?!

  3. Anthony Paul Smith Says:

    Adam, no idea.

    Alex, I was do incredibly hung over.

  4. Leon Says:

    Anthony, Do you mind if I download and re-post your talk on my blog? I am collecting SR and related mp3s on a “podcasts” page. I know that’s not the technically correct term for it, but you get the idea.

    Leon / after nature

  5. marcegoodman Says:

    I was hoping there might be some audio from the conference so I appreciate your posting this recording, Anthony. I enjoyed all three papers and each Q & A immensely. I had the same experience listening to Nicola’s paper. It was fitting that I got finally got around to watching Melacholia last night which was further confirmed when I went back to read your response to the film you posted here last fall.

  6. Leon Says:

    Hi Anthony, I’d like to put your mp3 on my blog, After Nature. If a problem please email me to let me know. Couldn’t find an email address here to contact you (looked at your CV), so thought to contact you through comments. I think you have my email in the submission box. Thanks, Leon/after nature

  7. Robert Jackson (@Recursive_idiot) Says:

    God damn – I wish I was there on the Sunday. Thanks for posting these – as I inexplicably missed your panel for another.

  8. Merrick Anthoney Drake Says:

    Thank you for sharing them through the drop box, Anthony. We talked about this before and I think it’s very convenient for people unable to go to these conferences to have an option like this. Thanks again.

  9. Dave M Says:

    Would you mind leaving this in your Dropbox for about a week or so? I’m traveling and won’t have very reliable Internet access until I return to the states next Tuesday, but I’d really like to hear these.

  10. Anthony Paul Smith Says:

    Plan to leave it there a long time!

  11. Thinking the Absolute Conference: Absolute Mysticism Audio | philosophynowncad Says:

    […] Anthony Paul Smith has kindly made available the audio from the ‘Absolute Mysticism’ panel at the Recent ‘Thinking the Absolute’ conference at Hope University Liverpool; you can access the audio here. […]


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