Messianic Politics and Sacred Violence. Critical Paradigms of the Present? - Conference and Workshop Series

When:18 Nov 2016, 4pm - 6pm
21 Nov 2016, 3pm - 5pm
22 Nov 2016, 2pm - 5pm
24 Nov 2016, 10am - 12pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
Who:Various - details below
Image: Caravaggio. Sacrifice of Isaac (1603)


Discussion of the role of religion in the contemporary world is all too often cast in terms of a conflict between secularism and fundamentalism. This cycle of seminars and workshops will problematise this simplistic opposition by interrogating the seemingly paradoxical role played by religion in contemporary thinking on law, politics, and literature. On the one hand, critical theory has shown a persistent skepticism towards the use of violence on the basis of claims about religion. On the other hand, there is also an on-going effort to enlist the critical potential of messianic religions for rethinking the contemporary predicament, particularly when it comes to the problem of political emancipation. This oscillation – between the concern with sacrificial violence, and promise of freedom, equality, and peace – illustrates the ambiguity and tensions in the religious legacy that has been inherited by the contemporary world. Through a series of talks and discussions, we seek to test the critical vitality of the paradigms of Messianic Politics and Sacred Violence for thinking about our present moment. Our invited speakers are internationally recognized specialists on messianism and on the problem of violence in religion


The Messianic Turn in Contemporary Political Theory and Theology  - Friday November 18, 4 - 6pm. Research Seminar with speakers: Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham), Dany Celermajer (University of Sydney), James Martel (San Francisco State University) Venue: Morven Brown room 310

The Suicide State  -  Monday November 21, 3 - 5pm. Public lecture with Gil Anidjar (Columbia University) Venue: Morven Brown room 310

Sacred Violence: Religion, Anthropology, Politics  - Tuesday November 22, 2 - 5pm. Research seminar wtih speakers: Gil Anidjar (Columbia University), Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham), Daniel McLoughlin (UNSW), James Martel (San Francisco State University) Venue: Morven Brown room 310

Life, Blood, Religion, and Biopolitics---Workshop  - Thursday November 24, 10 - 12pm. Biopolitics Workshop with Gil Anidjar (Columbia University) Venue: Morven Brown room 310. Workshop Readings 1. anidjar blutgewalt (PDF) [147 Kb]  &  2. anidjar dignity of weapons (PDF) [360 Kb]


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