Conference: New Conversations on Bonhoeffer's Theology

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center - McKenna Hall

A Graduate Student Conference at the University of Notre Dame
April 10-11, 2011

The theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) has long been at the center of important discussions on pastoral theology, practical ethics, political responsibility, and the role of the Christian in the modern world. Recently, scholars have sought to relate these emphases more thoroughly to Bonhoeffer’s systematic and philosophical thought, as well as to his theological and historical context. New Conversations gathers senior scholars and graduate students from North America and Europe to reflect on and further this turn in Bonhoeffer studies. Presentations will explore how this emphasis opens new possibilities for re-reading Bonhoeffer, for bringing him into dialogue with continental philosophy and other disciplines, for furthering discussion between Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish communities, and for engaging a range of contemporary issues (e.g. race, disability, globalization) little discussed in the Bonhoeffer literature to date.

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Registration begins April 10 at 12:40 p.m.

Sponsored by: the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Graduate School, the Department of Theology, and the Henkels Fund for Guest Lectures from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

Public Lectures

Bernd Wannenwetsch
University of Oxford
“My strength is made perfect in weakness”: Bonhoeffer and the War over (the Meaning of) Disabled Life
Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Christiane Tietz
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Bonhoeffer on the Ontological Structure of the Church
Monday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Robin Lovin
Southern Methodist University
The Divine Mandates in an Age of Globalization
Monday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.

New Conversations: Conference Contributors and Working Paper Titles

David Congdon (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Bonhoeffer and Bultmann: An Overlooked and Misunderstood Relationship

Kendall Cox (University of Virginia)
Bonhoeffer and Lacoste on Living Before God Without God in the World

Nathan Crawford (Loyola University of Chicago)
Bonhoeffer’s Church as an Example of Agamben’s Counter-Apparatus

Brandy Daniels (Duke University)
Ethics Beyond Biopower? Bonhoeffer and Foucault on the Problem of Race

Brian Gregor (Boston College)
Bonhoeffer’s Hermeneutics of the Self

Marie-Theres Igrec (Universität Wien)
“Gott-Geheimnis-Welt.” Bonhoeffer and Rahner: Two Theologians, a Common Concern

Markus Franz (Universität Leipzig)
The Word of God as dispositif of Theological Ethics – An Exploration of Bonhoeffer’s Mandates

Jeremy Kessler (Yale University)
Bonhoeffer and Rosenzweig on Commandment

Matt Kirkpatrick (University of Oxford)
Bonhoeffer and the Teleological Suspension of the Ethical: The Beginning or End of Ethics?

Jeff Nowers (University of Toronto)
Latent Pneumatology in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Sanctorum Communio

Jacob Phillips (King’s College, London)
The Dispossessed Self: Wilhelm Dilthey and Bonhoeffer’s Christology Lectures

Matthew Puffer (University of Virginia)
Reinterpreting Bonhoeffer’s Ethics: Embracing Guilt no More