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>From: "Thomas Crombez" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: On the Outlook: Figures of the Messianic (2/20/06; 
>5/11/06-5/12/06)
>
>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 [log in to unmask] before 20
>February 2006.
>Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 10 March 2006.

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