From 4-7 March, I will be chairing two panels on philosopher James K.A. Smith’s trilogy during the Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna. Read more about the panels here:
‘This panel considers James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies (Desiring the King, Imagining the King, Awaiting the King) and discusses the potential for scholars in Law and Religion to engage with his public theology along the lines of the legal-theological approach as recently suggested by Stefanus Hendrianto in the journal Law and Method. The panel examines Smith’s reservations concerning natural law doctrine as can be found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, among other traditions. It explores the potential to use perspectives from Smith’s public theology – in connection with other Christians thinkers such as Augustine – as a legal-theoretical alternative to ideas advanced by Ronald Dworkin and Jürgen Habermas. It will further consider the relevance of Smith’s work in the more general context of public administration. The organizers welcome paper proposals engaging other public theologies than Smith’s, as long as the focus remains on their potential for law and religion scholarship.
• Hans-Martien ten Napel (University of Leiden)
• Leonard Taylor (Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway) – Christian Poiesis: A Reading of Awaiting the King. Imagining with the Cultivation of a Posture the New Political Community through the Prism of Catholic Political and Liturgical Thought’
• Neville Rochow (Notre Dame Law School) – Australia – A ReImagining of Rawls’ Veil of Unknowing and Original Position
• Michael Borowski (Independent Researcher) – Mining “the Kingdom” – Appropriating James K.A. Smith’s Trilogy for an Ethical Foundation of (German) Public Administration
• Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol (University of Cambridge) – Conceptions of National Belonging in Protestant Political Thought
• Hans-Martien ten Napel (Leiden University) – What’s Wrong with James K.A. Smith’s Criticism of Natural Law?’
• Yaron Catane (Bar Ilan University) – The New Dimensions of Public Religion in the Public Sphere’
The panels will be held on Tuesday, March 5, from 14:30 onwards, in
Sala Rubicone – Aemilia Hotel, Via Zaccherini Alvisi, 16. Please stop by if you’re around.
For more information, see https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org.