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Call for Papers: Evil - Interdisciplinary Explorations

Proposals are invited for the conference ‘Evil: Interdisciplinary Explorations’. Evil is a recurrent theme across diverse accounts of human experience. But despite its ubiquity – and, in fact, sometimes precisely because of its ubiquity – human beings perpetually struggle to come to terms with it, whether individually or collectively. In academia, the idea of evil has provoked widespread reflection in the humanities and beyond. Whether the medium is philosophical treatise, theological doctrine, historical analysis, literary expression or something else besides, examining the theme of evil is a necessary aspect of exploring representations of humanity.

This conference is intended to bring together thinkers from a variety of disciplines and traditions, in order to illuminate this shared feature of human experience and academic reflection. It seeks to provoke dialogue between heterogeneous approaches to the issue, from attempts at definition in moral philosophy to those modern philosophers who seek to go beyond evil, to literary, theological, and historical approaches.

Keynote Speakers:
· Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford): ‘A Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Evil’
· Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster): ‘On Evil’
· George Pattison (University of Glasgow): ‘Tillich on Evil’

Papers will be 30 minutes plus 15 minutes for discussion. Postgraduate students are invited to present 20 minute papers to be presented in joint panels followed by discussion. In addition to individual papers, suggestions for panel topics are welcome. Possible themes and subjects include (but are not limited to): moral philosophy, perceptions and representations of evil across history, evil as a cultural phenomenon, the problem of evil, theodicy, the banality of evil, evil in art and literature.

The deadline for submissions is 30 March 2014. Please E-MAIL an abstract (max 300 words) as an attachment to Kate Kirkpatrick and Marieke Mueller at EvilinOxford@gmail.com. For panel submissions, please submit both an abstract for the whole panel and abstracts for each individual paper. The conference fee is to be determined but will not exceed £15. To register as a delegate, please email EvilinOxford@gmail.com.

You may download the CfP poster here.

This conference is sponsored by The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities, the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Wycliffe Hall, and the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture.

Call for Papers: Platonism and Neoplatonism Group at the AAR 2014

This Group is committed to the ongoing study of Platonic traditions in connection with the history and philosophy of religions, from antiquity to the present. We are supported in this effort by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. Several of our panelists have published their papers in the Society’s Journal of Neoplatonic Studies as well as in other refereed journals in classics, religious studies, theology, and philosophy.

The Platonism and Neoplatonism Group invites papers that address the following themes: • Image and idol in Platonism and Neoplatonism: papers discussing philosophy, theology and religious practice in Pagan, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Platonism are welcome. • Platonism and Romanticism: Papers should be textual and historical in character, addressing specific authors.

Please see http://papers.aarweb.org/content/platonism-and-neoplatonism-group for more information.

Call for Papers: Nineteenth Century Theology Group at the AAR 2014

The Group focuses on major themes, thinkers, and movements in nineteenth century religious thought and theology — from the French Revolution to World War I — and on the relation of religious thought to its historical, political, and cultural contexts. Each year the Group selects two or three focused topics and predistributes papers before the AAR sessions.

This Group invites proposals for papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

• Gendered categories in nineteenth-century religious thought and social theory: Analyses of the gendered dimensions of theological concepts or theories of religion among key nineteenth-century thinkers, and/or examinations of how categories like the family, the emotions, female culture, marriage, or the household are defined in major philosophical or theoretical works (e.g. in anthropology or sociology) of the period.
• Religion reconceptualizing Romanticism: Reappraisals of the religious dimension of Romanticism in light of recent analyses of secularization and the theological origins of modernity, with a focus on such areas as cosmology, metaphysics, and epistemology.

Please see http://papers.aarweb.org/content/nineteenth-century-theology-group for more information.

Book launch & discussion: Theology as Science in Nineteenth Century Germany | TORCH
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Radcliffe Humanities Seminar Room

Part of the TORCH Book Series. A roundtable discussion introduced by Prof Graham Ward (Theology) with Dr Sondra Hausner (Modern Religion), Prof Michael Bentley (History and Philosophy of History) and Dr David Lincicum (New Testament Studies) to celebrate the publication of Johannes Zachhuber's Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany. From F.C. Baur to Ernst Troeltsch (Oxford: OUP, 2013).

The book describes the origin, development, and crisis of the German nineteenth-century project of theology as science. Its narrative is focused on the two predominant theological schools during this period, the Tubingen School and the Ritschl School. Their work emerges as a grand attempt to synthesize historical and systematic theology within the twin paradigms of historicism and German Idealism. Engaging in detail with the theological, historical and philosophical scholarship of the story's protagonists, Johannes Zachhuber reconstructs the basis of this scholarship as a deep belief in the eventual unity of human knowledge. This idealism clashed with the historicist principles underlying much of the scholars' actual research. The tension between these paradigms ran through the entire period and ultimately led to the disintegration of the project at the end of the century.

The Global Dane: SØREN KIERKEGAARD. Theologian - Philosopher - Author
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
First Floor, Radcliffe Humanities Building

A poster exhibition by The Danish Cultural Institute celebrating the bicentenary of Kierkegaard’s birth, with text by Professor Joakim Garff of The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen.

Download the poster here.

The Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar
Tuesdays (fortnightly)


A seminar series devoted to the study and discussion of post-Kantian European philosophy, welcoming speakers from within Oxford and elsewhere to present work in a workshop format. Colleagues and graduate students with an interest in this tradition are very welcome to take part.

Further information is available at the Postkantian Seminar website.

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