Friday, February 12, 2010

"Derrida and Religion," Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, March 26-27, 2010.

Programme Friday Evening, 26th March: Keynote Opening Address, 6:00 p.m. : Hent de Vries (Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University), “'et iterum de Deo': Jacques Derrida and the Tradition of Divine Names" Saturday, 27th March: General Introductory Remarks, 9:00 a.m.: Peter Gordon (History, Harvard University) Morning Session I: Derrida and Judaism, 9:15 - 11:00 a.m.

  • Joseph Cohen (Philosophy, University College, Dublin), “Abraham - alterity, sacrifice, place”
  • Sarah Hammerschlag (Religion, Williams College), "Poetics of the broken tablet: On the role of the rabbi in Derrida's readings of Edmond Jabès and Paul Celan," Moderator: Ethan Kleinberg (History, Wesleyan University)

Coffee break Morning Session II: Derrida and Christianity, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Richard Kearney (Philosophy, Boston College), "Derrida's Messianic Atheism"
  • Edward Baring (Ph.D. History (Harvard), Lecturer, Princeton University), “Derrida and Christian Existentialism” Moderator: Judith Surkis (History, Harvard University)

Lunch, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Session I: Derrida and the Death of God, 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.

  • John Caputo (Religion, Syracuse University), "Unconditional without Sovereignty: the Weak Force of the Event and the Weakness of God in Derrida”
  • Martin Hägglund (Comparative Literature, Harvard University Society of Fellows), "Derrida's Radical Atheism" Moderator: Sean Kelly (Philosophy, Harvard University)

Coffee break Afternoon Session II: Roundtable, Derrida and Religion, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Introduction: Peter Gordon
  • Opening Presentation: Amy Hollywood (Religion, Harvard University)
  • Opening Response: Sean Kelly
  • Roundtable: Hent de Vries, Richard Kearney, Sean Kelly, John Caputo, and Amy Hollywood

Co-sponsored by:

  • The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
  • The Humanities Center,
  • The Committee on the Study of Religion
  • The Department of Philosophy
  • The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Contact: Jason Beerman, A Conference Organized by the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual and Cultural History. For more information on Intellectual History at Harvard see:

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