Adam Kotsko

Education
Ph.D., 2009, Chicago Theological Seminary; Theology, Ethics, and the Human Sciences.

  • Dissertation: “Atonement and Ontology” (accepted “with distinction”) (description link)
  • Committee: Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. (advisor), Laurel C. Schneider, Bo Myung Seo

M.A., 2005, Chicago Theological Seminary; Religious Studies.

  • Thesis: “‘Literature in Secret: An Impossible Filiation’ by Jacques Derrida: Translation and Commentary” (accepted “with distinction”). (translation link)

B.A., 2002, Olivet Nazarene University; English.

  • Summa cum laude with departmental honors.
  • One semester at Oxford University with the Oxford Honours Programme.

Employment
Shimer College (Chicago, Illinois) (faculty profile)
Assistant Professor of Humanities, 2011-

Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion 2009-2011

Books
Creepiness (New York and London: Zer0 Books, forthcoming).

Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late Capitalist Television (New York and London: Zer0 Books, 2012). (Amazon link)

Politics of Redemption: The Social Logic of Salvation (New York and London: Continuum/T&T Clark, 2010). (publisher link; Amazon link)

Awkwardness (New York and London: Zer0 Books, 2010). (publisher link; Amazon link)

Žižek and Theology (New York and London: Continuum/T&T Clark, 2008). (publisher link; Amazon link)

Journal Articles
“Genealogy and Political Theology: On Method in Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory,” Political Theology 14.1 (2013): 109-116. (submitted version PDF link)

“A Dangerous Supplement: Speculative Realism, Academic Blogging, and the Future of Philosophy,” Speculations IV (2013): 35-37. (PDF link)

“On Materialist Theology: Thinking God Beyond the Master Signifier,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie (2012): 347-357. (submitted version PDF link)

“The Resurrection of the Dead: A Religionless Interpretation,” Princeton Theological Review 26.1 (2011): 37-48. (PDF journal issue link)

“Gift and Communio: The Holy Spirit in Augustine’s De Trinitate,” Scottish Journal of Theology 64.1 (2011): 1-12. (PDF link; online journal issue link)

“The Christian Experience Continues: On Žižek’s Work Since The Parallax View,” International Journal of Žižek Studies 4.4 (2010): 1-9. (PDF link)

“‘That They Might Have Ontology’: Radical Orthodoxy and the New Debate,” Political Theology 10.1 (January 2009): 115-124. (submitted version PDF link)

“On Agamben’s Use of Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence,’” Telos 145 (Winter 2008): 119-129. (excerpt link)

“The Failed Divine Performative: Reading Judith Butler’s Critique of Theology with Anselm’s On the Fall of the Devil,” Journal of Religion 88.2 (2008): 209–225. (PDF link)

“Politics and Perversion: Situating Žižek’s Paul,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 9.2 (2008): 43-52. (PDF link)

“The Sermon on Mount Moriah: Faith and the Secret in The Gift of Death,” Heythrop Journal 49.1 (2008): 44-61. (submitted version PDF link)

“Objective Spirit and Continuity in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Philosophy and Theology 17.1-2 (2005): 17-31. (PDF link)

“Empire and Eschaton,” Journal of Philosophy and Scripture 2.1 (2004): 1-6. (HTML link)

Book Chapters
“Giorgio Agamben,” in Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to the Present, ed. Philip Goodchild and Hollis Phelps (Durham, U.K.: Acumen, forthcoming).

“Repetition and Regression: The Problem of Christianity and Žižek’s ‘Middle Period,’” in Repeating Žižek, ed. Agon Hamza (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, forthcoming).

“Unplugging the Subject of Law: The Radical Judaism of Žižek’s Paul,” in Žižek and Law, ed. Laurent de Sutter (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

“Lessons in Apologetics: A Response to Sam Rocha,” in Žižek and Education, ed. Antonio Garcia (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, forthcoming).

“The Curse of the Law and the Coming Politics: On Agamben, Paul, and the Jewish Alternative,” in Giorgio Agamben: Legal, Political, and Philosophical Potentialities, ed. Tom Frost (New York: Routledge, 2013).

“Dismantling the Theo-Political Machine: On Agamben’s Messianic Nihilism,” in After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion, ed. Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).

Dictionary Entries
“Mallarmé,” in The Meillassoux Dictionary, ed. Peter Gratton and Paul Ennis (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

“Milbank,” in A Žižek Dictionary, ed. Rex Butler and Harriet McAtee (Durham: Acumen, forthcoming).

Translations
Giorgio Agamben, The Use of Bodies (Stanford: Stanford University Press, under contract).

Giorgio Agamben, Pilate and Jesus (Stanford: Stanford University Press, forthcoming).

Giorgio Agamben, Opus Dei: An Archeology of Duty (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013).

Giorgio Agamben, The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form of Life (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013).

Giorgio Agamben, The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).

Scholarly Reviews
Review of Paul Kahn, Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), Journal of Religion (forthcoming).

“Out of the Woods? On Žižek’s Less Than Nothing,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 13.2 (2014): 96-101. (PDF link)

“Gutiérrez and Negri on Job: Between Theology and Materialism” (review of Antonio Negri, The Labor of Job: The Biblical Text as a Parable of Human Labor), The Bible and Critical Theory 8.1 (2012), 110-114. (PDF link)

Review of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Commonwealth (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009), Political Theology 12.3 (2011): 487-490. (PDF link)

Review of Adrian Johnston, Žižek’s Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2009), Symplokē 18.1-2 (2011): 419-421. (HTML link)

“Missed Encounter, Missed Opportunity” (contribution to roundtable on Žižek and Milbank, The Monstrosity of Christ), Expositions 4.1-2 (2010): 123-127. (PDF link)

Review of Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009), Political Theology 11.1 (2010), 141-144 (PDF link).

“Žižek’s Flawed ‘Magnum Opus.’” (Review of Slavoj Žižek, The Parallax View.) Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 8.1 (2006): 90-97. (PDF link)

“Already, Not Yet.” (Review of Jean-Luc Nancy, Déclosion : Déconstruction du christianisme, 1.) Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 6.3 (2005): 87-95. (PDF link)

Books reviewed for Reviews in Religion and Theology:

Other Publications
“The Courage to Be Ignorant,” Inside Higher Ed, December 3, 2013. (link)

“Grad School Finance,” Inside Higher Ed, August 9, 2013. (link)

“How to Read Agamben,” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 4, 2013. (link)

“Don Draper, the Devil and Democracy: An Interview with Adam Kotsko” (interview with Tom Cutterham), Review 31, May 10, 2013. (link)

“How to Make the Best of Assessment,” Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2013. (link)

Less Than Nothing: Žižek’s Theory of Everything” (review of Slavoj Žižek, Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism), Global Comment, January 7, 2013. (link)

“Focusing on Job Skills Limits Students’ Prospects” (letter to the editor), Chronicle of Higher Education, October 30, 2012. (link)

“Perché amiamo i sociopatici” (interview with Anna Momigliano over my Why We Love Sociopaths), Studio, September 11, 2012. (link)

“How to Read Žižek,” Los Angeles Review of Books, September 2, 2012. (link)

“Footnote Fairy Tale” (review of Francis Spufford, Red Plenty), The New Inquiry, June 5, 2012. (link)

“Quentin Meillassoux and the Crackpot Sublime,” The New Inquiry, May 9, 2012. (link)

“The Immersion Method,” Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2012. (link)

“A Better Form of Atheism: Rescuing the Christian Tradition from Religion” (interview with Emily Manuel over my Politics of Redemption), Religion Dispatches, June 24, 2011. (link)

Review of Slavoj Žižek, Living in the End Times (expanded paperback edition), Global Comment, June 17, 2011. (link)

“The Flawed Middle,” Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2011. (link)

“The Bond of the Awkward,” The Guardian, January 1, 2011. (link)

“Christians in Academe: A Response,” Inside Higher Ed, August 9, 2010. (link)

“On Teaching Christianity,” Inside Higher Ed, February 18, 2010. (link)

“A Defense of the Lecture,” Inside Higher Ed, November 20, 2009. (link)

“‘You’re Not Don Draper’: Looking Back on Mad Men Season 2,” PopMatters, August 14, 2009. (link)

“The Ethics of Dr. Gregory House,” PopMatters, April 23, 2009. (link)

“A Skeptic’s Take on Academic Blogging,” Inside Higher Ed, November 1, 2007. (link)

“Don’t Be Afraid of Committees,” Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2007. (link)

“Žižek’s Refusal.” (Review of Slavoj Žižek, The Parallax View.) In These Times, May 2006. (link)

Invited Lectures
“Political Theology from Below.” The Actuality of the Theologico-Political Conference, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, May 2014.

Panelist for “Helping Students Cope with Pluralism and Criticism in the Classroom,” University of Chicago Divinity School, February 2014.

“Creepiness and Culture.” Cultural Studies Colloquium, Columbia College, Chicago, February 2014.

“Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis.” Psychoanalytic Practices Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, February 2014.

“A Brief History of the Devil.” Shimer College, October 2013.

“What St. Paul and the Franciscans Can Tell Us About Neoliberalism: On Agamben’s Highest Poverty.” Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group, Northwestern University, May 2013. (PDF link)

“Agamben on Liturgy and Politics.” Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group, Northwestern University, October 2012.

“Why We Love Sociopaths.” Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory (InterCcect), 57th Street Books, Chicago, July 2012.

“Agamben, Paul, and the Oath.” Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group, Northwestern University, April 2011. (PDF link)

“Awkwardness.” Marion Dunsmore Lecture in Religion, Kalamazoo College, March 2010.

Conference Presentations
“What is to Be Done? The Endgame of the Homo Sacer Series.” American Comparative Literature Association (Seminar: “Agamben, Capital, and the Homo Sacer Series: Economy, Poverty, People, Work”), New York University, March 2014.

Panelist for “Helping Students Cope with Pluralism and Criticism in the Classroom,” University of Chicago Divinity School, February 2014.

“The Prince of This World: Thinking the Devil in Light of Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory.” American Academy of Religion (Theology and Religious Reflection/Theology and Continental Philosophy), Chicago, November 2012. (link)

Presider for “Agamben, Deleuze, and Classical Orthodoxy,” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group), Chicago, November 2012.

Panelist for “Review/Discussion of Antonio Negri’s The Labor of Job: The Biblical Text as a Parable of Human Labor (Duke University Press, 2009).” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism), San Francisco, November 2011. (HTML link)

Panelist for “The Body of Christ.” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism), Atlanta, November 2010. (Scribd link)

“Displacing the Devil: Anselm, the Patristic Heritage, and Political Theology.” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2010. (PDF link)

“Patristic Perspectives on the Cross: A Reinterpretation.” American Academy of Religion (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism), Montreal, November 2009. (HTML link)

“The Pre-History of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Deconstruction of Christianity.” American Academy of Religion (Philosophy of Religion), Chicago, November 2008. (PDF link)

Panelist for “Hegemony, Gospel, & Empty Signifier: Theological and Philosophical Responses to Populist Reason.” American Academy of Religion (additional meeting), Chicago, November 2008. (PDF link)

“Philosophical Reading Beyond Paul: Jean-Luc Nancy on the Epistle of James.” Society of Biblical Literature (Reading, Theory, and the Bible), San Diego, November 2007. (HTML link)

Panelist for “The Internet, Publishing, and the Future of Literature.” Association of Literary Scholars and Critics Annual Meeting, Chicago, October 2007. (published version link)

“Singular Plural Catholic Spirit: John Wesley with Jean-Luc Nancy.” Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, Bourbonnais, Ill., March 2007. (PDF link)

Panelist for “Critical Responses to Theology and the Political: The New Debate (Duke, 2005).” American Academy of Religion (wildcard session), Washington, D.C., November 2006. (published version PDF link)

“Politics and Perversion: Situating Žižek’s Paul.” Society of Biblical Literature (Reading, Theory, and the Bible), Washington, D.C., November 2006. (published version PDF link)

“Repeating Wesley.” Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 2005. (PDF link)

“Slavoj Žižek’s Materialist Trinitarianism.” Annual Villanova Graduate Student Philosophy Conference on “Philosophy and Psychoanalysis,” Philadelphia, March 2003. (PDF link)

Teaching

Shimer College
Courses taught:

  • Humanities 1: Art and Music (syllabus)
  • Humanities 2: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction (syllabus)
  • Humanities 3: Philosophy and Theology (syllabus)
  • Humanities 4: Critical Evaluation in the Humanities (syllabus)
  • Humanities Elective: The Devil in Christian Thought (syllabus)
  • Humanities Elective: Heidegger’s Being and Time (syllabus)
  • Humanities Tutorial: Heidegger’s Middle Period (syllabus)
  • Humanites Elective: Introduction to Islamic Thought (syllabus)
  • Social Sciences 1: Society, Culture, and Personality (syllabus)
  • Social Sciences 2: The Western Political Tradition (syllabus)

Kalamazoo College
Courses taught:

Chicago Theological Seminary
Courses taught:

  • Theology and Politics of the Devil (graduate seminar; syllabus)
  • Agamben (doctoral-level tutorial)
  • Lacan (doctoral-level tutorial)
  • Political Theology (doctoral-level tutorial)

Service
Service at Shimer College:

  • Academic Planning Committee, 2012-
  • Assembly Agenda Committee, 2013-14
  • Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee, 2013-14
  • Parliamentarian for the College Assembly, 2013-2014
  • Policies, Procedures, and Data Task Force, 2013
  • Quality of Life Committee, 2011-2012

Fellow of the PhD Center, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2011-

  • Directed PhD-level tutorials

  • Administered comprehensive exams for doctoral candidates

Referee work:

  • Publishers: Palgrave Macmillan, Stanford University Press
  • Journals: Political Theology, Critical Research in Religion, The Review of Politics, Theology Today, Symplokē, Mosaic, Griffith Law Review, Toronto Journal of Theology
  • Dissertation outside reader: University of Capetown (Department of Religion)

Service to the American Academy of Religion:

  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism Group, 2010-2013
  • Student Liaison, 2006-2008

Student Representative Positions at Chicago Theological Seminary:

  • Search Committee for New Testament Faculty Position, 2006-2007
  • Academic and Student Affairs Committee (Board of Trustees), 2006-2007
  • Academic Council, 2005-2007

Professional Development
Participant, DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar, “Economies of Desire: Political Economy and Libidinal Economy in German Culture and Thought,” hosted by Eric Santner (University of Chicago), June 17-July 26, 2013

Fellowships and Awards
Research assistantship, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2006-2009
Ph.D. Fellowship, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2005-2009
Full-tuition scholarship, Olivet Nazarene University 1998-2002

Professional Associations
American Academy of Religion

Research Languages
Reading and translation: French, German, Italian, Latin, Greek

References

  • Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology. Chicago Theological Seminary. (tjennings@ctschicago.edu)
  • Laurel C. Schneider. Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture. Chicago Theological Seminary. (lschneider@ctschicago.edu)
  • Bo Myung Seo. Associate Professor of Theology and Cultural Criticism. Chicago Theological Seminary. (bseo@ctschicago.edu)
  • Carol Anderson. Professor of Religion. Kalamazoo College (anderson@kzoo.edu)
  • Catherine Keller. Professor of Constructive Theology. Drew Univeresity (ckeller@drew.edu)
  • Craig Keen. Professor of Theology and Philosophy. Azusa Pacific University (ckeen@apu.edu)
  • Michael Naas. Professor of Philosophy. DePaul University (mnaas@depaul.edu)
  • Bruce Rosenstock. Associate Professor of Religious Studies. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (brsnstck@illinois.edu)
  • Eric Santner. Professor of Modern German Studies. University of Chicago (esantner@uchicago.edu)
  • Slavoj Žižek. Researcher in Social Sciences. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (szizek@yahoo.com)

updated September 2, 2014

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