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Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Unit

Call for Proposals

Kierkegaard, Contagion, Class, and Corporeal Vulnerability

The coronavirus pandemic and its simultaneous threats of viral infection, social disruption, and economic collapse call for a reconsideration of the implications of corporeal vulnerability. We invite paper proposals on Kierkegaard’s thought in regard to the intersection of contagion, corporeal vulnerability, and economic and social factors. Possible topics to be addressed might include Kierkegaard and the cholera epidemics of the 19th century, which Kierkegaard saw as an edifying pedagogy for selfhood; Kierkegaard on the significance of the body’s vulnerability; Kierkegaard on the tension between individuality and the variables of social location, such as class; and Kierkegaard on “the single individual” and the destructive potential of isolation, loneliness, and feelings of abandonment.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to explore the significance of the religious thought and ethics of Kierkegaard for contemporary culture in its various aspects — social, political, ecclesiastical, theological, philosophical, and aesthetic.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process Comments

Committee members do not know the identities of the chosen presenters until the program is settled and provided to the AAR.