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Speakers announced for Conference on "Art, Desire, and God: Phenomenological Perspectives"

Monday, August 17, 2020  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce speakers and information for free registration for the Virtual Conference on "Art, Desire, and God: Phenomenological Perspectives" October 2-3, 2020. The conference is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, with partial support from the ASA. 

Registration is open on under the "Registration" tab. Registration is free, but required. E-mail with inquiries.


1. Férdia Stone-Davis, Ph.D. (Cambridge), "Call and Response: Negation and the Configuration of Desire."
2. Daniel Lightsey (Southern Methodist University), "Desirous Seeing: Sol LeWitt, Vision, and Paradox."
3. Benjamin Tyler Holley (University of Aberdeen), "Making Sense in the Midst of Non-Sense: The Motion of Desire and the Kinetic Sculpture of George Rickey as a Way Forward for Emmanuel Falque."
4. J. Aaron Simmons, Ph.D. (Furman University), Keynote Address: "Of God and Trout Fishing: Phenomenology, Desire, and Faithfulness."
5. Joseph Kickasola, Ph.D. (Baylor University), "The Living Screen: Vitalist Film Theory in Light of Theological Phenomenology."
6. David de la Fuente (Fordham University), "The Saturated Flesh of Christ: Christology, Aesthetics, and Subjectivity in Jean-Luc Marion and M. Shawn Copeland."
7. Nathan Pederson (Loyola University-Chicago), "The All-Seeing Eye/'I': Nicholas of Cusa and the Reorientation of Desire through Perspective."
8. Richard Kearney, Ph.D. (Boston College), Keynote Address: "Mystical Eros and Carnal Hermeneutics."
9. Jake Grefenstette (Cambridge), "The Phenomenology of Memory and Desire for God in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder."
10. Christina Joy George, Ph.D. (Xavier University), "An Alternative Solution to Marion's Problem of Obligation: How Worship Maintains the Philosophical Integrity of Givenness."
11. Meaghan Burke, M.Arch. (University of Toronto), "Being Toward Christ: Heidegger and Bonhoeffer on Art and Possibility."
12. Thomas Breedlove (Baylor University), "A Desire that Constitutes Life: The Incommensurate Touch in James Baldwin and Jean-Louis Chrétien."
13. Martha Reineke, Ph.D. (University of Northern Iowa), "Scandal in the Cornaro Chapel: Desire for God and Bernini's The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa."
14. Wendy Theresa Crosby, Ph.D. (Siena Heights University), "Desire, Sacrament, and the Road to Emmaus."

The ASA Board of Trustees approved the award of $3,000 in partial support of the conference "Art, Desire, and God: Phenomenological Perspectives." The conference will be virtually hosted at the University of Notre Dame on October 2-3, 2020, and has been organized by Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Taylor Nutter, and Christopher C. Rios. All papers will be delivered remotely and observed online.

ASA funding will support the costs of two keynote speakers on phenomenological aesthetics and the conference theme, Richard Kearney (Boston College) and J. Aaron Simmons (Furman University). The conference, which will be free and open to the public, will include papers by junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, with commentary by faculty members at the University. The project aims to promote intersectional dialogue between philosophy and theology on the topics of art, desire, and God, as well as research in phenomenological aesthetics. The organizers aim to encourage scholars outside aesthetics to actively engage with art and aesthetics in their own intellectual questioning as a legitimate source of meaning.

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