I’ve been on a vacation of sorts for awhile. However “jet setting” around the country allowed for some opportunities, like going to Saint Paul’s Journey into Philosophy up in Vancouver with Chris. It was a good conference. I had already read some of Badiou, Agamben, Lacan, and Schmitt, but not nearly enough apparently. As I’m just beginning my foray into some of the “Pauline Philosophers” (if we can call them that), this conference served a great introduction. It also seemed to engage well those who were well versed in the philosophers and Pauline scholars. Interestingly, there were quite a few grad students presenting papers, and it was noted a number of times that the quality of the papers presented by said grad students was outstanding.
It would be rather difficult to summarize much of the conference, so let me sum up. And by sum up, I mean, it was really good and thankfully at least part of the conference will be published. Harink mentioned a couple of times that there would be selections made of the papers presented to be published (sad that they won’t all be published apparently) and mentioned once that the rumor is the publishing would be done by Eerdmans under the Radical Traditions Series. I will certainly be buying the publication when it comes out.
So, for anyone looking to delve into what the conference was about, read the following philosophers: Slavoj Zizek, Taubes, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Carl Schmitt, Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Lacan, and Foucault and Marx of course.
Lastly, Vancouver School of Theology has an amazing building. I may be envious. It compared with Union, except far more modern than Union. Behold the pictures below. I believe the technical term would be “swank digs, yo.”