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  Call for Papers

Theme: Religion, Civil Religion, and the Common Good
Type: International Conference
Institution: Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and
Cooperation (CSRCC) and Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies
in Ethics and Politics (CASEP), London Metropolitan University
Location: London (United Kingdom)
Date: 20.–21.6.2012
Deadline: 1.3.2012



The controversial topic of religion, secularism and the common good
is the focus of an international conference to be held in the heart
of London, bringing together moral philosophers, political theorists,
policy-makers, theologians and others to debate the idea and pursuit
of the common good. Whereas secularization was once presumed to
progressively marginalize faith, religious actors now refuse
political marginalisation. The conference will ask how, why and to
what purpose religious traditions and organisations promote political
ideals. Perhaps they do so because they believe that modern
individualism is contrary to the true common good, or because they
believe it important to promote the modern idea of a common good of
rights-bearing citizens. Perhaps it is because they believe that the
idea of the common good is crucial to the defence of social welfare
or even of society itself, or because they believe that a common good
can now only be pursued within particular communities. The
controversial and topical nature of the subject should stimulate new
academic and policy thinking, in the UK and elsewhere.

The two-day conference will explore the following issues:
- What is the common good?
- What have philosophers, such as Aquinas, Rousseau or Rawls,
 contributed to our understanding of the common good or of the public
- What should be learned about the common good from Catholic,
 Protestant, Judaic or Islamic traditions?
- Does the very fact of religious pluralism entail that religion is
 now more an obstacle than an impetus to the common good?
- Does modern politics promote a civil substitute for traditional
- How might particular communities or subsidiary institutions
 contribute to a wider common good?
- How are disputes about the common good best resolved?
- What are the prospects — in local communities, in the British state,
 and elsewhere — of actualizing the common good?


We invite submissions from across disciplines including, but not
limited to, philosophy of religion, moral and political philosophy,
political science, and sociology of religion. Papers from
under-represented groups in academia and the wider community are

Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 150-250 word
abstract, and the author's name and full contact information.
Proposals for complete panels are encouraged.

Deadline: 1st March 2012. Early submissions are especially welcome.

Conference fee: £60 (£35 for one day). Concessions available.

Please submit proposals (in MS Word or PDF) or queries to:


Prof. Ronald Beiner (University of Toronto)
Prof. Jeremy Carrette (University of Kent)
Prof. Timothy Chappell (Open University)
Lord Glasman of Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill (London Met)
Dr Patrick Riordan, S.J. (Heythrop College, University of London)


Kim Redgrave
Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics
Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations
London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street
London E1 7PT



This interdisciplinary conference brings together classicists, historians,
philosophers, anthropologists, religious studies scholars, and
archaeologists to examine the ways in which sacrifice is received,
theorised, reported and understood in a number of religious, social and
cultural contexts, both ancient and modern.  Whether or not sacrifice is
actually practised in a given culture, the theme of sacrifice, and in
particular blood sacrifice, is often linked with powerful images and
contentious debates.  For example, the use of tales of sacrifice to
de-fame other religious traditions is neither new nor confined to western
or Christian contexts.  However, sacrifice is not simply troubling to the
onlooker from another culture.  Debates and divergences of practice arise
within religious traditions, including stories about the divine origins of
the substitution of coconuts for human heads, explorations of complex
systems of obligation between people and gods in Greek and South Asian
epics, and links between sacrifice and sex, both orthodox and
transgressive.  Sacrifice is often seen, linked with, or theorised as a
type of mediation or communication with the gods, food offerings or gifts
to deities, heroes and divine figures.  Many of the speakers draw from the
insights of social and anthropological theory, philosophy and psychology
to explore the potency of sacrifice as a category that evokes debates
about sex, gender, and the ethics of ritual killing and the ways in which
these debates can be linked to power dynamics and disturbances in society.

Registration for the conference is free (but attendees will need to
provide their own lunch – a list of catering establishments and venues is
included below). There is no need to register in advance.   The Conference
will commence at 2.00pm on Wednesday 18 January 2012 and close at 5.00pm
on Thursday 19 January.  A link to a map of Cardiff University is included
below (the Humanities Building is no. 16 on the map).

Speakers include:
 Crystal Addey (University of Wales Trinity St. David and Cardiff University)
 Miranda Aldhouse-Green (Cardiff University)
 Nic Baker-Brian (Cardiff University)
 Simon Brodbeck (Cardiff University)
 Louise Child (Cardiff University)
 Fabrizio Ferrari (University of Chester)
 Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge)
 Sarah Hitch (University of Oxford)
 Bettina Schmidt (University of Wales Trinity St. David)
 Juliette Wood (Cardiff University)

Map for Cardiff University:

  ===============The Apocalypse in Theory and Culture
 26 - May - 2012. University of Kent, Canterbury

Much contemporary discourse on history has emphasised its constructed
nature, relating time's flow to some human, anti-human or post-human agency.
One potential danger of such an approach is that the real urgency of time
and history can to some extent be said to have been neutralised,
relativised, made too impersonal, reduced to a system of signs. Recent
crises, such as those of the world economy, terrorist/counter-terrorist
attacks, and ecological collapse provoke a reconsideration of the
Apocalypse. Consequently there has been a call for a return to a certain
Apocalyptic discourse within anti- and post-humanist circles (Derrida, 2003;
Callus and Herbrechter, 2004).

We must now ask if it is still possible and politically advisable to
consider the end as something that can be resisted, deferred or if a revival
of Apocalyptic discourse is needed. On the one hand, a renewal of
Apocalyptic discourse seems to go against the deconstructive tendency to
"de-dramatise the end" (Klaus R. Scherpe, 1986). On the other, this return
does not necessarily lead to an unquestioned revival of metaphysics, but
rather may open up the way to a third alternative. This third approach could
consider the Apocalypse as something neither culturally constructed nor
unrelated to human and technological actions, as something neither wholly
internal nor external.

This conference wishes to examine the return of the Apocalypse in
contemporary theory and culture. Some of the questions in which we are
interested include: What does a return to the Apocalypse mean today? How
should theory respond in times of crisis? What do our narratives of the
Apocalypse tell us about our perceptions of the end?

Suggested topics include the following and their interrelations:
- Capitalist crisis
- Bio-politics, bio-economy
- Post-humanism
- Eco-theory
- Apocalypse in Literature and Film (Zombie, disaster genres, etc.)
- Cultural and sociological studies of the Apocalypse
- The theology and mythology of the Apocalypse

Please send abstracts (350 words) and a short biography to
by 20th February 2012.

The Conference is organized by Skepsi, a peer reviewed online postgraduate
journal based in the School of European Culture and Languages at the
University of Kent and funded by the University of Kent.





Monastery of Bose,

5-8 September 2012

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ConIH 12: The Twelfth Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference on

International History


"Religion and Civilization in International History"


March 8-9, 2012


Proposal deadline extended to December 30, 2011


The ConIH Committee invites graduate students to submit proposals for the

Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Conference on International History to

take place at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 8-9,



Historical actors have used religion and civilization as potent tools for

the creation and recreation of cultural and political identities, as well

as other types of social cohesiveness. Studying religion and civilization,

as distinct but often closely related concepts, raises questions about the

theological underpinnings of the international order and international

law, as well as the civilizational references that religious movements use

to define their transnational missions within national, imperial, and

other supranational frameworks. ConIH consequently invites graduate

students from all continents and disciplines to submit studies that

explore the international dimensions of religion and civilization.


We welcome submissions that examine religion and civilization in

international contexts. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited

to, the role of religion and civilization in shaping the relations between

states, transnational elites, diasporas, and political and religious

minorities; the creation of new orthodoxies and heterodoxies; secularism;

imperial frameworks; political resistance; narratives on the ascendancy

and decline of civilizations; economic structures; transnational networks;

and international development.


There are no temporal or geographic limits to this theme. We expect the

conference to cover a diversity of topics that will look at populations

from all parts of the world, as well as at ancient, pre-modern, modern,

and contemporary contexts. Papers will be selected on the basis of their

strength, novelty of subject and interpretation, and utility as bases for

historical comparison.


ConIH encourages methodologically innovative approaches and agendas which

emphasize long-distance influences, utilize multi-archival and

multi-lingual research and offer vistas for historical comparisons across

time and space. Perspectives from related disciplines such as law, social

science, economics, business or anthropology are welcome and encouraged.

Faculty from Harvard and beyond will provide commentary on the papers. The

conference will conclude with a plenary session, at which several leading

scholars in the fields of international and global history will discuss

broad issues pertaining to the themes and terms of the conference.


Graduate students who are interested in participating in the conference

should submit a one-page paper proposal and one-page curriculum vita (in

Word, RTF, or PDF format) to conih@fas.harvard.edu. *Proposals must be

received by December 30, 2011* in order to be considered. Notification of

acceptance will be made in January 2012. For additional information about

the conference, please contact the conference

organizersatconih@fas.harvard.edu or visit the conference website at




Philip Fileri

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University

Organizing Committee, ConIH 12



 2nd Call for Papers

Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion

June 15-17, 2012

Ryerson University

Toronto, Canada


Confirmed Speakers: John Caputo (Syracuse University), Bettina Bergo

(Université de Montréal), Morny Joy (University of Calgary), Ron Kuypers

(ICS), Robert Sinnerbrink, (Macquarie University), Nikolas Kompridis

(Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney)


We invite submissions from scholars and graduate students based in Canada

and abroad on the topic of Continental Thought and Religion. The general

theme of the conference is meant to reflect the variety of articulations

of religion that have emerged in contemporary European thought. While the

focus of the conference is continental thought, we nonetheless conceive

the latter in an interdisciplinary manner (including literary theory,

social and political thought, psychoanalysis, and religious studies). We

also encourage submissions from people interested in exploring possible

connections with analytic philosophy.


Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Symposium:

Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy.


We invite submissions of three-page proposals for essays for the following

themed panels with included possible topics:


Phenomenology of Religion

• The thought of Chrétien, Henry, Lacoste, Levinas, Marion, and Ricoeur

• Topics: the gift; the work of art; appearance and transcendence; call

and response


Religion and Politics

• The thought of Agamben, Asad, Connolly, Derrida, de Vries, Girard,

Habermas, Schmitt, and Taylor

• Topics: political theology; the post-secular; sovereignty; religion and

violence; pluralism


Religion and Speculative Realism

• The thought of Brassier, Harman, Laruelle, and Meillassoux

• Topics: materialism; correlationism; nihilism; the things themselves;

divine inexistence; 'future Christ'


Beyond Theism and Atheism

• The thought of Caputo, Kearney, Kristeva, Milbank, Vattimo

• Topics: kenosis; anatheism; weak theology; a/theology; radical orthodoxy


Continental Thought, Religion, and Aesthetics

• The artwork of Bresson, Caravaggio, Celan, Chagall, Dostoyevsky, Dumont,

Artemisia Gentileschi, Kahlo, Kapoor, Kiarostami, Kiefer, Malick, Newman,

O'Keefe, and Stevens

• The thought of Cavell, Cixous, Critchley, Irigaray, Marion, Nancy, and


• Topics: transcendence in art; image and icon; creativity and creation;

representation and idolatry


Immanentism and Religion

• Agamben, Badiou, Bergson, Deleuze, James, Foucault, Keller, and Žižek

• Topics: self-organization; the event; plurality; bio-power; polydoxy


History of Continental Thought and Religion

• Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin,


• Topics: death of God; reason and faith; scripture and philosophy;

religion and fantasy; onto-theology


Please send only one three-page (double-spaced) proposal on one of the

above themes and any questions to varieties2012@gmail.com by December 31,

2011. We intend to notify authors about our decisions by February 28,

2012. Other conference details (registration fee, preliminary program,

etc.) will be announced in new year.


The VCTR Conference is organized by John Caruana (Philosophy, Ryerson

University) and Mark Cauchi (Humanities, York University).


 Call for Papers: International Conference of the Association for

Continental Philosophy of Religion


Thinking the Absolute:

Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion


June 29th – July 1st 2012 Liverpool Hope University, UK


Keynote Speakers:

Catherine Malabou, Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant and Levi Bryant


'The contemporary end of metaphysics is an end which, being sceptical,

could only be a religious end of metaphysics.'

Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of

Contingency (London: Continuum, 2008).


Meillassoux identifies the 'turn to religion' in contemporary continental

philosophy with a failure of thinking. The Kantian refusal to think the

absolute leads to scepticism about reality in itself. Ironically, this

lends itself to 'fideism', the decision to project religious meaning on to

the unknowable beyond. According to Meillassoux, a philosophy obsessed with

mystery becomes the accomplice of irrational faith. The solution is to find

ways of once more thinking the absolute in its reality, severed from its

dependence upon a knowing subject, or upon language and social norms. At

the same time, new possibilities for thinking religion (exemplified by

Meillassoux's own Divine Inexistence) are emerging.

This conference invites proposals which critically consider this

speculative turn in philosophy and its implications for thinking about

religion. To what 'end' is speculation leading? Does it simply announce the

closure of religion and its subordination to a philosophy of the absolute,

nature or the 'All'? Can it open new lines for a philosophy of religion

which is not wedded to the Kantian horizon? Is speculation itself open to

Kierkegaardian critique as yet another move to position and reduce ethical

and religious claims, sacrificing the future on the altar of abstract

possibility? Does renewed attention to the canon of speculative idealism

offer a way beyond the impasse between relativism and dogmatism?

The organisers welcome proposals which examine the roots and extensity of

recent speculative thinking, and which critically consider its impact –

direct and indirect - on philosophy of religion. Relevant thinkers and

themes might include Quentin Meillassoux on God and the absolute, Alain

Badiou's ontology, Catherine Malabou on Hegel and plasticity, Francois

Laruelle's 'future Christ', Iain Hamilton Grant on Schelling's

Naturphilosophie and the thinking of the All, Ray Brassier's nihilism, the

impact of object-oriented ontologies on theology and metaphysics. However,

we are particularly looking for contributions which creatively use or

depart from the speculative turn to offer original insights into the nature

and content of the field.


Abstracts of 300 words for 20 minute papers to shakess@hope.ac.uk or

haynesp@hope.ac.uk by end of February 2012.

Submissions for panels are also welcome. The standard format would be a 90

minute session comprising three 20 minute papers, but alternative formats

can be discussed. We would require an overall rationale for the panel in

addition to individual paper abstracts. You may propose your own moderator,

or allow us to assign one.





13th Unisa Classics Colloquium, 25-27 October 2012


THEME: 'Ancient routes to happiness'


Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme. The

theme is deliberately formulated in broad terms so as to encourage a wide

range of approaches to and perspectives on ancient 'happiness' and

variants. Apart from the obvious importance of eudaimonia as philosophical

telos, the organising committee is interested in treatments of and

assumptions regarding happiness in other sources from antiquity: religious,

literary, historiographical, medical, epigraphical, etc. The Classics

Colloquium focuses on Greco-Roman antiquity, but contributions from other

ancient cultures are also welcome.


Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip

Bosman at bosmapr@unisa.ac.za, as soon as possible but by the end of May

2012 at the latest.


The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted annually by the Department of

Classics and World Languages at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.



More on the conference

Convening in 2012 for the 13th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines

stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two

and a half days, approximately 16 scholarly contributions from around the

world are to be presented. The 50 minute slots provide ample time for

discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel sessions are avoided in order to

promote unity of focus in the conference, and delegates get to know each

other properly.


Venue: The Muckleneuk Campus of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in



Dates: 25-27 October 2012.

We start on a Thursday morning, meaning that participants should arrive in

Pretoria on the 24st at the latest and only book a flight out from the

afternoon of the 27th, but preferably later.



A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and

will be published on the Departmental website after the final date for

submissions. Previous conference programmes may be viewed at



Conference Fee

More detail on the conference fee will follow at a later stage. As an

indication, the 2010 conference fee was $150, inclusive of transport and

meals during the conference. Postgraduates, other students and interested

parties not able to claim back conference fees from their institutions

should please contact the organizers for a discount.



During past conferences, guests stayed at the Brooklyn Guest Houses

(http://www.brooklynguesthouses.co.za/) situated in a leafy suburb close to

Unisa, the University of Pretoria, and the Brooklyn, Hillcrest and Hatfield

shopping centres. A discounted group booking for delegates is negotiated.



We plan excursions to the Winex wine festival in Sandton (Johannesburg)

(http://www.sa-venues.com/events/gauteng/winex-wine-festival/) and after

the conference (the 28th) to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve



Publication of papers

Depending on quality, a collection of articles on the colloquium theme is

envisaged. Submitted papers are subject to a refereeing process. If you

would consider submitting your paper for publication, please indicate that

to us via return mail for further guidelines on style.