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Re-Imagining the Human: a conference with Richard Kearney (11 January 2022)

Richard Kearney

23 November 2011


‘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.

Programme


11th January 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


Location:
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: ltk@uvh.nl.


English spoken


11th January 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.


Location:

Instituto Cervantes

Domplein 3, Utrecht


Participation: € 10.-

Please register here.


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


English spoken

Organisation

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. See also voormeervrijzinnigheid.nl/2021/11/22/re-imagining-the-human.


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In ‘Re-Imagining the Human’, a seminar and a public lecture on 11th January 2022 , Kearney will share questions on the images and imaginations of God with us.