Link Post: WIT Edition

Brandy (who also contributes to this blog) argues that white straight men have been missing the point (lately):

What might it mean to speak such boldness in our various communities? What might it mean to embody a joined boldness, born of intimacy? Does this mean arguing about whether we really are privileged or racist or sexist? Or, might it mean, as Dr. Jennings suggests, “becoming the common,” supporting and entering into community and solidarity with those who are oppressed.

“The ease with which arguments for gay marriage have found their historical analogy in comparison to interracial marriage has long given me pause.” From there, Amaryah unpacks the underlying racism in the theological unconscious of the rapper Macklemore.

E Lawrence looks at the implications of feminism for men and the possibility of a feminist masculinity:

Don’t expect feminist women to nurture-induct you into the world of feminism, especially if you resist it all along the way. Feminism is not about hating men, but neither is it principally concerned with saving men, and especially not on men’s terms.

After viewing the documentary How to Survive a Plague, Katie offers some powerful reflections on HIV/AIDS, embodiment, and solidarity.

Toni Morrison vs. David Brooks? I’ll take Morrison.

I could keep going, but you should probably just bookmark the blog and/or add it to whatever RSS reader you’re using these days.

New Issue of Analecta Hermeneutica and a Performance-Talk by H. Peter Steeves

Some readers may be interested in the latest issue of Analecta Hermeneutica which includes an article I wrote about secular Christologies in Contemporary French philosophy (warning PDF) where I trace the different engagements with the figure of Christ and Christological doctrines one can find in Badiou, Henry, and Laruelle. It is probably entirely predictable which one I valorize…

For Chicago readers I want to recommend H. Peter Steeves upcoming performance piece at DePaul University on Wednesday. Peter is an amazingly gifted thinker and these are always interesting and enjoyable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday Link Post: Cosmos & History and Laruelle in London

Aaron Bady’s always excellent Sunday Reading this week focuses on writings and posts concerning the Occupy Everything actions.

Once you get through that list check out the latest issue of the open access journal Cosmos & History. The issue is guest edited by Michael O’Neill Burns and Brian Anthony Smith, both of the University of Dundee where the 2010 conference “Real Objects or Material Subjects?” was held. The issue includes a number of the papers presented there as well as some new ones. Also of interest to AUFS readers will be the article by AUFS contributor Ryan Krahn on Hegelianism without transcendence and the interview with Adrian Johnston.

John Mullarkey, formerly of Dundee but now teaching at Kingston University’s London Graduate School, has organized a new annual lecture from François Laruelle. The first is to take place this December and you can find more information at the LGS website.

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Liam Heneghan at 3 Quarks Daily: Weekend Link Post

Liam Heneghan is my friend and colleague at the Institute for Nature and Culture at DePaul University. In fact Liam gave me my first paid academic gig when I was an undergrad and he needed some young researchers to help him think through issues related to the city and wilderness. Recently Liam has begun writing at 3 Quarks Daily and I have been meaning to link to them for some time. His most recent post differs somewhat from what he normally writes, since it details, in 140 character form, experiences related to recent heart surgery he underwent to replace a defective heart valve. Those who wish I posted more about ecology and philosophy may also find his two-part series on ecology and the ecologist’s body interesting. The first details his own education in ecology, tied up as all of our work is in the vagaries of biography, and the second connects that to his current interest in philosophy.

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Daniel Whistler on “Improper Names for God” and Other More Inflammatory Items: Sunday Link Post

Following of week of Adam alienating our readers with controversial statements like, “Maybe this bin Laden guy was sort of a bad person” and people objecting to his objections of their policing because he too was policing, I thought we could all use a healing link post.

The UK based Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion has posted audio from two of their recent seminars. One is by David Lewin on “The Middle Voice in Eckhart and Heidegger“, but of particular interest to AUFS readers will be Daniel Whistler’s “Improper Names for God“. Read the rest of this entry »

Laruelle in New York and JCRT CFP: A Weekend Quasi-Link Post

François Laruelle will be speaking in New York City April 7th at the Miguel Abreu Gallery. This will culminate a three-day event hosted at the gallery to celebrate the release of a new book The Concept of Non-Photography which Urbanomic is publishing in association with Sequence Press. Sadly, though I will be in New York at the time, I will be a few hours North for the first day of the Syracuse University Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion conference. But I will be speaking at the Abreu Gallery with others, including Alexander Galloway, on the 6th for a panel that aims to introduce Laruelle’s work (yet again, I’m looking forward to when the man is introduce and we can start having deeper conversations about his work). I’m a bit type cast as the “theology guy” in the speculative philosophy world and I won’t be helping matters here since I’ll be speaking on the place of religion in Laruelle’s non-philosophy. You can find more information, including directions, at the Urbanomic website. If you’re planning to go and you’re a reader of the blog please do say hello to me.

T. Wilson Dickinson has also sent us the CFP for a special issue of The Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory on “Pedagogical Exercises and Theories of Practice”. More information about the issue is below the fold, but the deadline for submission is December 31st 2011 and papers should be submitted to Dickinson  (twdickin@syr.edu). Read the rest of this entry »

Self Linking

Since some of our readers only read RSS feeds it seems worth pointing out that the Salon des Refusés for the Syracuse conference The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion has been posted. Also please note that we are giving away a copy of the paperback edition of After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion. You have until the 25th to enter that competition.

Sunday Link Post: Jeremy Ridenour

The occasional AUFS link posts serves to highlight important books, posts, and other virtual goings-ons that we think our readers would find interesting. Today there is just one person to be highlighted, Jeremy Ridenour of JRidenour. Everyone really should be reading Jeremy’s blog if they are not already. He consistently posts high-quality reflections on important books in the tradition. Recently he finished the entirety of Barth’s Church Dogmatics, then worked through important books in Liberation Theology, and is currently reading (along with a new addition to the blog) Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion. I also really liked his recent post proclaiming Death to Apologetics which highlights the death of the orthodoxy theological blogosophere.

Translations in Honor of Ongoing Revolutions: A Weekend Link Post

Zachary Luke Fraser has made available his draft translation of the first chapter of Alain Badiou and François Balmès Of Ideology for readers of AUFS. He’s making it available in part to give us all a preview of the book’s contents, which will be published in full with re.press as both a print book and as an open access electronic book, but he’s also making the draft available to crowd source your suggestions for anything that looks as if it could be translated differently. For those moments where your help may be welcomed look for text in square brackets. Feel free to leave any comments here and they’ll be forwarded on to Zachery.

Daniel Whistler, co-editor of After the Postsecular and the Postmodern (Amazon: US, UK; Book Depository), has also made available a number his draft translations of Schelling and others on his webpage. You can also find a number of book reviews, unpublished articles (like the relationship of Schelling’s work on Kierkegaard), and his doctoral thesis on Schelling’s symbolic language.

Update: I meant to include a link to these translated excerpts from the work of Mario Tronti (h/t Alberto Toscano), whose work I mentioned in a recent post. In the last comment of that post a commenter points us to yet another translation, this time of Houellebecq’s book on Lovecraft [warning: PDF] by Robin Mackay.

Midweek Holiday Link Post

The details of an edited volume based on Syracuse University’s second Postmodernism, Culture, and Religion have been released. The volume considers questions of sexuality and feminism in relation to Continental philosophy of religion and hopefully it will bring some much needed attention to this topic.

On Friday the 17th I attended and spoke at the “Religion & Liberation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” conference hosted at Durham University and supported by their Centre for Catholic Studies and Faith and Globalization Programme. It was a great conference and included AUFS favorites Philip Goodchild and Roland Boer as keynotes. It was great to meet Roland in the flesh and he was every bit the legend I had heard. I was also nice to meet Andrew Brower Latz of Beyond Unknowing. At the conference I presented a paper entitled “The Poverty of the Earth: What does Nature have to do with Liberation?” and I’ve uploaded the audio for those may be interested. I make mention of another paper that was co-written with Daniel Colucciello Barber and that may be found at the JCRT website [warning PDF]

Urbanomic has released details about upcoming publications, including two Laruelle translations and a book on the philosophy of mathematics. They have also posted the transcript [warning PDF] of a conversation with Quentin Meillassoux that may be of interest to some readers.

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