Sunday 11 November 2007

Predicting some AAR/SBL highlights

Later this week, I’ll be attending the AAR/SBL annual meeting in San Diego. Choosing the sessions to attend has been an agonising task – but here are some of the sessions that I’m especially looking forward to:

  • “The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies” (S16-55). My own paper will be in this session – and there’ll be papers by NT scholars like Francis Watson, Douglas Campbell and Stanley Porter. I reckon it will be a very lively session.

  • “Romans through History and Cultures: Schleiermacher, Schweitzer, Barth” (S17-73). Looks like this will be a great session – it includes Kurt Anders Richardson on Schleiermacher, and Ekkehard Stegemann on Barth’s exegesis of Romans 9-11.

  • “Karl Barth Society of North America: Discusson of Alyssa Lyra Pitstick, Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ's Descent into Hell (A17-141). George Hunsinger is presiding, with papers by Paul Griffiths, David Lauber, John Webster and Alyssa Pitstick.

  • “Theology and Continental Philosophy Group: Agamben, Decreation, and Witnessing” (A17-322). I’ll be attending a few sessions on Agamben – so far I’ve only read his commentary on Romans, but I’ll be doing some extra preparation by reading Homo Sacer and State of Exception on the flight to San Diego.

  • A discussion and partial screening of Magnolia (A17-406) – this is one of my favourite films.

  • Plenary address by Charles Taylor on “Religious Mobilizations” (A18-403).

  • “Pauline Soteriology: Divine and Human Agency in Pauline Theology” (S19-119). For me, this session will probably be one of the biggest highlights. Douglas Campbell is presiding, and the speakers are J. Louis Martyn, Susan Eastman, Alan Torrance and Telford Work.

  • “Romans through History and Cultures: Focal Points in Readings of Romans – Eschatology, Apocalyptic, Messianism” (S20-16). This looks like a fantastic session – especially William Campbell on Käsemann’s eschatology, and Douglas Harink on Barth and Agamben.


Theo said...

Absolutely not to be missed on Monday morning is the SBL battle royale between Tom Wright and John Barclay on Paul's epistles.
Wright's paper: "Paul's Counter Imperial Theology"
Barclay's paper: "Why the Roman Empire was Insignificant to Paul"

(*Cough* And my paper on Magnolia on Sunday morning. *Cough*)

Fred said...

See also "Barth's Legacy (or lack therof?)," a response to the pseudonymous Spengler of Asia Times.

Brian Hamilton-Vise said...

I do hope that you or someone will be able to provide a summary of the Pauline Soteriology session above all, though I'd also be interested to hear something of the review of Pitsick's book.

::aaron g:: said...

I’m looking forward the address by Nicholas Wolterstorff (right before C. Taylor, I think). I’ll be spending the rest of my time between the Pragmatism group, and papers on Schleiermacher and MLK.

See you there!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be at the faith of Jesus seminar and the one of divine and human agency in Paul. Look forward to hearing your reflections (please!)

Anonymous said...

spare a thought for those in the southern hemisphere, way downunder, and don't get paid to go to theology conferences

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