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.
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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
Steering Committee Members
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Natalia Marandiuc, Southern Methodist University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Marilyn Piety, Drexel University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Vanessa Rumble, Boston College1/1/2016 - 12/31/2021
Carson Webb, Piedmont College1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Eric Ziolkowski, Lafayette College1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026