CFP: On the Outlook: Figures of the Messianic (2/20/06; 5/11/06-5/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Thomas Crombez
contact email: 
thomas.crombez@gmail.com

A conference on "Messianism and the Law" will be organised by the Institute
of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp) on 11-12 May 2006. The following
scholars have confirmed to speak: Giorgio Agamben, Moshe Idel, Aviezer
Ravitzky, Sigrid Weigel, Ada Rapoport-Albert, Astrid
Deuber-Mankowsky, Ashraf Noor, and Micha Brumlik. More information is
available on the website of the Institute for Jewish
Studies<http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=3D*IJS&n=3D35758&ct=3D36656>
.

The Junior Researcher Conference "On the Outlook: Figures of the Messianic"
(10-11 May) will precede this conference.
The organizers invite papers for this Junior Researcher Conference, which
will focus on the modes and functions of Messianic thinking in
twentieth-century philosophy.
Contributions could possibly but not exclusively address:

- Figures of the Messianic in the work of W. Benjamin, G. Scholem, J.
Taubes, E. L=E9vinas, Th. Adorno, Fr. Rosenzweig, J. Derrida, A. Badiou, J.=
-L.
Nancy, G. Agamben
- Messianism and poststructuralism (e.g. similarities between the paradoxes
of Messianism and the deconstruction of binary thinking)
- Writing and Messianism (e.g. difference and the deferral of presence in
Messianic time)
- Discontinuous temporality (how is Messianism related to philosophical
concepts such as promise, infancy, and potentiality?)
- Messianism, secularization and religion (do we observe a secularization o=
f
Messianic thinking? or an introduction of political theology into
philosophy?)
- What is the relationship between Jewish and Christian figurations of
Messianism?
- Messianism and political activism
- Messianism and hope (e.g. in Ernst Bloch's 'Das Prinzip Hoffnung' ?)
- Collectivity and individuality (is messianic redemption always concerned
with the redemption of a collective body (mankind, a specific people), and
not with individual salvation? How does the popularity of messianic
figurations relate to a renewed philosophical interest in "we", instead of
"I"?)

Please send abstracts (ca. 500 words) to thomas.crombez_at_ua.ac.be before 20
February 2006.
Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 10 March 2006.

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cfp categories: 
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