Special issue of Angelaki: ‘Immanent materialisms: speculation and critique’

You might be interested to know of a special issue of Angelaki just published entitled ‘Immanent materialisms: speculation and critique’. Co-edited by Patrice Haynes and Charlie Blake, it comprises papers from, and inspired by the theme of, the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion‘s 2009 conference ‘Towards a Philosophy of Life’.

The issue includes work by AUFS regulars Anthony Paul Smith [the first 50 of you can download my article for free using this token, but please only use if you don't have library access - APS] and Joshua Ramey, plus a host of others, many of whom will be familiar to readers of this blog: John Ó Maoilearca, Jim Urpeth, Colby Heath Dickinson, Frank Ruda, Michael Burns [again, first 50 of you can download this using this token - APS], Alastair Morgan, Patrice Haynes and Benjamin Noys.

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IHE piece on assessment and other announcements

I have a piece in Inside Higher Ed today entitled “How to Make the Best of Assessment” (link). Some of the points made therein may be familiar to readers of this post, but there has been substantial editing.

Though I’ve announced it on Twitter, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here: my translation of Agamben’s Highest Poverty is now available (Amazon; publisher site) in both print and electronic editions.

In addition, I have updated my CV page with links to the submitted versions of two of my recent articles — and more thoroughly updated it in general, because it’s not as though it’s the end of the semester and I have a lot of work to do….

Finally, on a totally different note, I was recently interviewed for a short piece in the men’s magazine Details, which focused on a recent trend of books taking psychopaths as models for self-help. The piece does not appear to be online, but you can read it on pg. 36 of the print edition.

New issue of Political Theology

Political Theology volume 14, number 1 is now out, featuring expanded versions of the articles from the blog roundtable over The Kingdom and the Glory from this summer (with contributions from me, Jay Carter, Colby Dickinson, and others), as well as Dan Barber’s review of Clayton Crockett’s Radical Political Theology.

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Special issue of La Revue internationale de philosophie on Zizek

At long last, La Revue internationale de philosophie has published a special issue on Zizek that has been in the works for several years at this point. I have a contribution entitled “On Materialist Theology: Thinking God Beyond the Master Signifier,” in which I attempt to respond to two critiques of my book Zizek and Theology: namely, that the part on Parallax View wasn’t very tightly integrated with the stuff on theology and that I should have done more constructive theological work rather than reporting on theological responses and suggesting points of connection. The end result seems to involve a lot of Pseudo-Dionysius and Augustine.

Unfortunately, everything is behind a paywall.

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On Clarice Lispector

The kind folk at The New Inquiry have published a longish essay of mine on Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel The Passion According to G.H. Originally, I was just going to write a review — which became then an essay — and then eventually the two kind of merged. I think it turned out okay. I very highly recommend most regular readers here give Lispector a go. The New Directions translations are a joy.

My piece on Zizek in LA Review of Books

The Los Angeles Review of Books has published a piece of mine called “How to Read Zizek,” which is a kind of counterpoint to dismissive reviews in mainstream liberal publications.

Book Review on Psychoanalysis

Check out my book review on Jon Mills’ Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. It was published in DIVISION/Review here.

My review of Red Plenty

My review of Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty is up at The New Inquiry. It begins, perhaps counterintuitively, with a comparison with David Foster Wallace.

This review represents my effort to make sure that the true Red Plenty addicts — the ones who aren’t satisfied with the Crooked Timber event (which doesn’t yet seem to have its own separate link?) — can get their sick, Soviet fix.

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The hardest-working man in academia?

Some people sometimes mistakenly identify me as a model of academic productivity. In order to correct this impression, I’d like to quote from a post of Roland Boer’s in which he announces he’s completed the manuscript of Lenin and Theology:

But that made me realise that I have a few other books appearing this year. In another instance of shameless self-promotion, here they are:

Criticism of Earth: On Marx, Engels and Theology. Due out with Brill in May this year.

Nick Cave: A Study of Love, Death and Apocalypse. Also due out in May, now with Equinox.

The Earthy Nature of the Bible: Fleshly Readings of Sex, Masculinity and Carnality. Published by Palgrave Macmillan and due out in October this year.

Criticism of Heaven: The Author’s Cut. Published by CCLM in Taiwan, in the Sino-Christian Studies Supplement Series, and due out soon.

Finally, the paperback of Criticism of Theology: On Marxism and Theology III. Also due out in May, with Haymarket.

My article on the resurrection

A new issue of Princeton Theological Review is out, featuring my article “The Resurrection of the Dead: A Religionless Interpretation.” It is my first published foray into New Testament studies, featuring actual untransliterated Greek!


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