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TitelACLA 2009 Convention: The Political Theologies of Paul of Tarsus
BeschreibungACLA 2009 Convention
March 26-29, 2009
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Political Theologies of Paul of Tarsus

Seminar Organizer: Julia Ng, Northwestern U, Virgil Brower, Northwestern U and Chicago Theological Seminary, Markus Hardtmann, Centre College

The figure of Paul dominates the self-understanding of Western political and social institutions as Judeo-Christian in their heritage; its significance extends beyond purely religious concerns. The recent resurgence of interest in Paul among theologians, philosophers, and political theorists also attests to the importance of Pauline theology for the contemporary socio-political realm. This "globalization" of Paul has in no small part been enabled by the recognition that Paul's concern for law and justice has little to do with individual salvation or private righteousness, and rather more with its own "globalization" of a "local" context: the decaying Roman empire, in which "nationality" consisted in a multiplicity of "ethnoi" hoping for a justice to come beyond any particular instantiation of justice by law. Taking the plurality and multilingualism of peoples and faiths underlying Paul's universalizing aspirations as a departure, this seminar invites papers to explore and elaborate on any aspect of the politicization and radicalization of his thought.

Possible topics include: How does the recent focus on Paul — in texts by Agamben, Badiou, Derrida and Taubes, for instance — seek to renew a critical language of authority, hospitality, community and universality within contemporary philosophical and political discourse? To what extent do these political theologies join or part ways with other interpretive communities such as psychoanalysis and Latin American liberation theology? How might translation — by Paul, by his exegetes from Origen to Barth — help (re)draw political boundaries in Pauline discourse? Does the engagement with Paul in literature and film by Hölderlin, Hebel, Kafka, Pasolini or others challenge the exegetical tradition, or does the local character of interpretation participate in Paul's epistolary message about radical community?

Friday, March 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Universalism, Justice, and Contemporary Politics
Moderator: Julia Ng, Northwestern U

Robert Norton, Notre Dame
"Nietzsche, Paul, and the Idea of Justice"

Dominik Finkelde, Hochschule für Philosophie
"Universal or Subjective Truth. Badiou, Agamben and Zizek in Dispute on Paul the Apostle"

Verena Rauen, Ruhr University Bochum
"The Fable of Resurrection and Subjective Universalism. Alain Badiou's Reading of St. Paul"

Virgil Brower, Chicago Theological Seminary, Northwestern U
"Populist Electus"

Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Law, Messianism, Empire
Moderator: Virgil Brower, Chicago Theological Seminary, Northwestern U

Julia Hell, U of Michigan
"Katechon: Carl Schmitt's Concept of Imperial Mimesis"

John Ackerman, Northwestern U
"Rosenzweig, Paul, and Critical Political Theology"

Randi Rashkover, George Mason U
"The Law that Remains: Reading Agamben through Barth and Rosenzweig"

William Rauscher, NYU
"The Ends of Law: On Messianism and Sovereignty in Taubes' Reading of Saint Paul's Political Theology"

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Political Theologies of the Arts
Moderator: Markus Hardtmann, Centre College

Julia Ng, Northwestern U
"Angelus Satanas. Benjamin, Paul, and the Enemy in the Flesh"

Rochelle Tobias, Johns Hopkins U
"The Nature of Spirit: Spirit, Ethics, and the Letter in Benjamin"

Ian Cooper, Selwyn College, Cambridge U
"Shades of Messianic Time: Celan, Hölderlin and Caravaggio"

Henrik Wilberg, Northwestern U
"Nominalism and Heresy. On Pasolini's 'Paul'"

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The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting will take place at Harvard University on March 26-29, 2009.
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SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.05.00 Antike und abendländische Literatur; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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