I'm off to Springfield (Missouri) tomorrow where I'll be presenting at Drury University's "Subverting the Norm: The Emerging Church, Postmodernism and the Future of Christianity." Their website has an impressive-sounding blurb for me, so hopefully delegates won't be disappointed. I'll be speaking on, "An Emerging A/Theistic Fighting Collective? A Caputian Introduction to Zizek's Pneumatology." Now that it's (almost) edited down to 6,000 words, it's a little more theory-laden then I had anticipated, but I'll be introducing Zizek's pneumatology, his deployment of the term "Holy Spirit" as a community of truth-subjects, a "fighting collective," and staging a conversation between Zizek and Caputo on atheism and theism, metaphysics and materialism. But it will cover:
- Zizek, Caputo, Badiou, Milbank, Lacan (argh!), Saint Paul, and a bit of Hegel and Kant - oh, and Nietzsche and Kierkegaard and Augustine and Barth;
- the big Other, the vanishing mediator, the formulae of sexuation, constitutive exception, and non-all;
- contingency and necessity;
- the truth-event, the truth-subject, and truth-procedure(s);
- hermeneutics, narrativity, metanarrativity and meta-metanarrativity;
- determination, indeterminacy, and relative determinacy;
- atheism, theism, and a/theism;
- materialist materialism, theological materialism and true materialism;
- call, cause and responsibility;
- crucifixion and resurrection;
- the death of God and the death of the death of God;
- spectral materialism and spectral messianism; and
- incarnation and carnality.
So far, the schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, OCT. 15: RADICAL THEOLOGY IN EMERGING CHRISTIANITY
9 am: Registration
10 am: "Beating God to Death: Radical Theology & the New Atheism," Roundtable conversation with Jeffrey Robbins, Christopher Rodkey and professors from Drury University's department of philosophy and religion
11 am: "An Emerging Radical Theology: On Politics and Ecclesiology," Jeffrey Robbins and Christopher Rodkey
12 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1 pm: "The Emerging Church 101: An introduction for those new to the conversation," Gary Black
2 pm: "To Believe Is Human, to Doubt Divine: Introducing Zizek’s Christology," Peter Rollins
3 pm: "An Emerging A/Theistic Fighting Collective? A Caputian Introduction to Žižek’s Pneumatology," Katharine Moody
4 pm: "Just Us: The undeconstructible Christ community in the age that is passing away," Carl Raschke
7 pm: Keynote presentation I: "Radical Theology—or What’s the Emerging in Emergent?" John Caputo
8:15 pm: Keynote presentation II, Peter Rollins
9:15 – 10 pm: After Session Conversation with John Caputo, Peter Rollins, Carl Raschke, Katharine Moody, Jeffrey Robbins & Christopher Rodkey
10:30 pm: Revival! Transformance Art with Peter Rollins and VOID, a collective from Waco, Texas, at the Creamery Arts Center in Downtown Springfield
SATURDAY, OCT. 16: EMERGING CHRISTIANITY AND THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH
8 am: Coffee & Bagels
8:30 am: Keynote Presentation III, Karen Ward
10 am: Church practitioners workshop, Peter Rollins & John Caputo
11:30 am: Lunch, on your own unless you registered for the Saturday lunch option (see registration packet for local options)
1 pm: Keynote presentation IV, Karen Ward
2:15 – 3:15 pm & 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Breakout Sessions for Church Practitioners
2:15 – 3:15:
Emily Bowen: "Megachurch or Megasubversion? Transformative Ritual in the Emerging Church"
Chris Rodkey: "Satanism in the Suburbs: Ordination as Insubordination"
Julie Kennedy: "The Open Invitation: Tearing Down Labels at the Door"
Phil Snider: "Preaching After the Death of God: With A Little Help From Derrida & Caputo"
3:30 – 4:30:
Laura Fregin: "Art and Justice in Emergent Communities"
David Weiss: "Putting the ‘Queer’ back in Christianity: How extending a full welcome to LGBT persons reclaims the work of Jesus for today"
Lindsey Arnold: "Messiahs, Monsters & Others: The Search for Christ Figures in the TV Show Lost"
Travis Cooper: "Postmodernism, Pentecostalism & the Emergent Church: The Persistence of Azusa-Oriented Praxis"
Matt Gallion, Chris Rodkey & Phil Snider: "Why We're Not Emergent: By Three Guys Who Used to Be"
7 pm: [D]mergent meet-up, Venue TBA