Colby Dickinson and I have been offered a contract by Rowman & Littlefield to publish a co-authored collection of essays entitled Agamben’s Coming Philosophy: Finding a New Use for Philosophy. The book gathers together both previously published and new work by both of us, including a co-written introduction and conclusion. As one might expect, given that Colby is the author of Agamben and Theology and I am the translator of several theologically-oriented works by Agamben, our primary focus is on Agamben’s use of theology — not just in terms of explication, though there is a healthy dose of that, but with a view toward what it tells us about his project and about the possibilities for future philosophical and theological work it opens up.
We will be submitting the manuscript in mid-December, and currently a June release date is anticipated.
(Unrelatedly, the release date for Creepiness has been set for late February.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.