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Workshop: Political Theology and the Contemporary Moment

Political Theology and the Contemporary Moment: Beyond the Christian and the Secular: A Two-Day Workshop


Thu., July 5, 2018 11:00am -
Fri., July 6, 2018 7:00pm


Theologische Fakultät



Over the last two decades, political theology has re-emerged, transformed, as a fundamentally critical field for exploring the religious entanglements and presuppositions of secular modernity, uncovering the theological underpinnings of philosophical and political concepts, and assessing the political and theoretical ramifications of the upsurge of religion. No longer merely a conservative Schmittean or Christian project, it has become crucial in offering new ways of thinking about the relation between modernity and secularity or the very nature of the religious-secular binary.

This workshop seeks to address the present and future of the theologico-political nexus from perspectives that would be as much non-religious as non-secularist. In other words, here, political theology is not a space for the defense of Christianity or theology against the secular, but a theoretical site for the incubation of a critique of both the Christian legacy and its secular counterparts.

The workshop is free and open to all. No registration is required.

11.00-11.10 Welcome 
Kirill Chepurin (HU Berlin/HSE Moscow) and Alex Dubilet (Vanderbilt) 

11.10-12.00 A Political Theology of Disenchantment 
Marika Rose (Winchester) 

12.00-12.50 An Agenda for Total Disorder: Mysticism and Gnosis in Fanon 
Anthony Paul Smith (LaSalle) 

12.50-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-14.50 Disciplining the Moment 
Linn Tonstad (Yale) 

14.50-15.40 Doing Nothing: Individuation, Subjection, and the Political Theology of Interpellation
Alex Dubilet (Vanderbilt) 

15.40-16.10 Coffee break

16.10-17.00 Secularism and Liberalism: A Conjoined Critique 
Thomas Lynch (Chichester) 

17.00-17.50 Conceptualizing Umma Today (The Ruin of Islamic Community) 
Basit Iqbal (UC Berkeley) 

17.50-18.10 Coffee break

18.10-19.00 You’re On God’s Time Now: On the Accumulative Disjunction of Intensive and Extensive Duration 
Sean Capener (Toronto) 

11.10-12.00 Is Romanticism Secular?: Uses of Justification 
Joseph Albernaz (Columbia) 

12.00-12.50 Laying Claim to History: Theology, Literature, and the Reproduction of Racial Belonging
Amaryah Armstrong (Vanderbilt) 

12.50-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-14.50 Is Secularism Christianity? Blumenberg to Anidjar 
Christiane Frey (ICI Berlin) 

14.50-15.40 Modernity and Bliss 
Kirill Chepurin (HU Berlin/HSE Moscow) 

15.40-16.10 Coffee break

16.10-17.00 Zones of Equivocity 
Daniel C. Barber (Pace) 

17.00-17.50 A Matter of Conversion: Derrida and Žižek on Kabbalistic Materialism 
Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham) 

17.50-18.10 Coffee break

18.10-19.00 Disappointing Vision: Anarchism, Prophecy and the Archeon 
James Martel (San Francisco State)

Further information

Organizer: Kirill Chepurin, Alex Dubilet
Speakers: Marika Rose, Anthony Paul Smith, Linn Tonstad, Alex Dubilet, Thomas Lynch, Basit Iqbal, Sean Capener, Joseph Albernaz, Amaryah Armstrong, Christiane Frey, Kirill Chepurin, Daniel C. Barber, Agata Bielik-Robson, James Martel
Sponsored by: Das KOSMOS Programm, HU Berlin

Further information on the event's website


Kirill Chepurin
Phone: 030 2093-5760


Burgstraße 26.Institutsgebäude
Room: Raum 206