Political Theology conference schedule


Conference Schedule

All presentations will be given in the Swift Hall Third Floor Lecture Room.
The opening reception (open to the public) and midday luncheons (for speakers only) will be held in the Swift Hall Common Room.



Opening:Willemien Otten, Director of the Martin Marty Center
Moderator: Richard Miller (Divinity, University of Chicago)

Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University) "Religion within the Bounds of Justice"

Public reception to follow.



8:30 – 10:00 AM: Augustine on the Personal, the Public, and the Political

Moderator: William Schweiker (Divinity, University of Chicago)

Matthew Drever (University of Tulsa), The Body of Christ and the Body Politic in Augustine
Sean Hannan (McEwan University), Love as an Anti-Political Force in Augustine and Hannah Arendt

10:15 – 11:45 AM: E. Kantorowicz and the Body Politic

Moderator: Julie Orlemanski (English, University of Chicago)

David Nirenberg (University of Chicago), The Judaism of Politics (with a nod to Kantorowicz)
Ryan Coyne (University of Chicago), Dignity and the Mystical Body: Kantorowicz's Response to Political Theology

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Political Augustinianism: De Lubac and Gilson

Moderator: Daisy Delogu (Romance Languages, University of Chicago)

Florian Michel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Étienne Gilson on Political Theology: the Metamorphoses of the City of God (1930s-1950s)
Emilie Tardivel-Schick (Institut Catholique de Paris), Henri de Lubac and the Critique of “Political Augustinianism”

Lunch break (1:30 – 2:30 PM)


2:30 – 4:00 PM: Islamic Legal History 

Moderator: Yousef Casewit (Divinity, University of Chicago)

Junaid Quadri (University of Illinois at Chicago), Religion, Secularity and Islamic Law: Conceptual Reconfigurations in Colonial Egypt
Jawad Qureshi (Zaytuna College), The Political Thought and Practice of a Syrian Religious Scholar: Said Ramadan al-Buti (1929-2013) on Jihad and the Baathist State

4:30 – 6:30 PM: Politics, Religion and Authority in Islam

Moderator: Alireza Doostdar (Divinity School, University of Chicago)

Mona Siddiqui (University of Edinburgh), Doing God in Europe: The Limits of Law and Pluralism
Ebrahim Moosa (University of Notre Dame), Rereading Shari’a: Political Theology of the Public Good



8:30 – 10:00 AM: Perspectives in Latin-American Theology

Moderator: Rámon Gútierrez (History, University of Chicago)

Santiago Piñòn (Texas Christian University), The God Who Fails Los Desaparecidos: A Political Theology of Migration
Peter Casarella (University of Notre Dame), Reinterpreting the Political latinamente: Communion and the Common Good

10:15 – 11:45 AM: The Phenomenology of Race

Moderator: Kevin Hector (Divinity, University of Chicago)

Andrea White (Union Theological Seminary), Sanctified Violence and Liturgies of Race
Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University), God the Black Father

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Theology Amidst Global Political Pressures: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Stephen Ray (President of Chicago Theological Seminary)

Dwight Hopkins (University of Chicago)
Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas (Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary)

Lunch break (1:30 – 2:30 PM)


2:30 – 3:30 PM New Horizons in Political Theology: Beyond the Critique

Moderator: Eric Santner (Germanic Languages, University of Chicago)

Hent de Vries(New York University), From Divine Economy to Political Spirituality

Closing: Willemien Otten, Director of the Martin Marty Center