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Re-Imagining the Human: a conference with Richard Kearney

Richard Kearney

NOTE: As you may understand, due to the new lockdown regulations we had to postpone the conference planned on January 11th2022 at our university. This is the new date. For those who did already register, your registrations will remain valid.

‘God is a shout in the street’. This remarkable image of God is discussed by Simon Critchley and Richard Kearney in the latter’s book Re-Imagining the Sacred (2015): a series of philosophical conversations. With Critchley, and with other influential thinkers on the meaning of religion in the secular age, like Charles Taylor, Catherine Keller and Gianni Vattimo, Kearney explores the possibility of a ‘faith of the faithless’.

Although many people do not believe in an existing God anymore, images and imaginations of God still have a great impact on our culture. Are we ‘returning to God after God’, as Kearney suggests in an earlier book, Anatheism (2012)? And if so, what does that imply for our imaginations of the human, of ourselves? How could a re-imagining of the sacred connect with a re-imagining of the human?

In ‘Re-Imagining the Human’, a seminar at the University of Humanistic Studies, and in a public lecture with the same title, Kearney will share these questions with us.


8 June 2022, 10.00 – 17.00

Seminar with Richard Kearney

Re-Imagining the Human

Richard Kearney responds to interventions and questions by staff members, postdoc-and PhD-researchers and students from UvH, ArtEZ and Simagine. Chair: Laurens ten Kate.

Morning session: 10.00 – 12.30

Opening by Joke van Saane, rector magnificus of the University of Humanistic Studies

Interventions by Merel Visse, Hans Alma, Peter Sonderen

Afternoon session: 14.00 – 17.00

Interventions by Rodante van der Waal, Bram van Boxtel, Wilhelm Weitkamp

University of Humanistic Studies
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29, Utrecht, Room 1.33

Participation is free but there is a limited capacity.
Please register via Laurens ten Kate:

English spoken

8 June 2022, 20.00 – 22.00

Public Lecture by Richard Kearney

Re-Imagining the Human

Response by Erik Borgman, professor of public theology at the Tilburg University.


Instituto Cervantes

Domplein 3, Utrecht

Participation: € 10.-

The public lecture can be attended in person or via a live streaming

English spoken


The conference is organized by the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (UvH), in collaboration with the ArtEZ Art Academy, Zwolle, the Thomas More Foundation, and the international research consortium Simagine

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Contactpersoon Laurens ten Kate
Locatie UvH (seminar) / Instituto Cervantes (public lecture)
Datum 8-6-2022
Openingstijden 10.00 - 17.00 (seminar) / 20.00 - 22.00 (public lecture)