34rd International Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society, Boston 2018

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34th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2018

American Political Science Association Meeting,

August 30-September 2

Boston, MA

 

David Walsh, Meeting Director

[email protected]

 

Dear Friends,

I look forward to seeing you all in Boston, or as many of you as can make it, for our annual convocation.  The program for EVS as it stands in mid-May is below.  APSA, our host, has just assigned the times to our panels.  We await the announcement of locations.  Updates will be made available through Voegelinview.com, where you can also find the best in Voegelin related scholarship.  Our distinguished editor, Lee Trepanier, stands at the ready to receive your submissions as he labors to enlarge the public understanding on a wide range of topics, historical and contemporary.  The yeoman work of our book review editor, John von Heyking, is only matched by his own contributions in the genre.  His most recent volume, Comprehensive Judgment and Absolute Selflessness: Winston Churchill on Politics as Friendship (St. Augustine’s Press), will form the basis of the Churchill panel on our program.  Please let me know if corrections or changes are needed in the schedule.  It is testament to your attendance at one another’s panels that we are able to sustain the large number of sessions we have been awarded.  As always, your continuing financial support of EVS, in contributions small or large, is always appreciated (for donations email [email protected]).

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018

Panel 1, The Dystopian Imagination

8.00-9.30 AM

Chair: Alan I. Baily, Stephen F. Austin State University, [email protected]

“Decency, Hope and Substitution of Memory in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” Jeremy J. Mhire, Louisiana Tech University, [email protected] and Rodolfo K. Hernandez, Texas State University, [email protected]

“A Dystopian State of Mind: Exploring the State of Nature in Dystopian Fiction.” Kimberly Hurd Kale, Coastal Carolina University, [email protected]

“Machiavelli and the Art of Dictatorship: Lessons from Dystopia.” Michael J. Faber, Texas State University, [email protected]

“Being under the Bat Signal: the Dystopian Conceit in Popular Culture.” Alan I. Baily, Stephen F. Austin State University, [email protected]

Discussants: Guillaume Bogiaris, Texas A & M University, [email protected] and Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University, [email protected]

 

Panel 2, Religion within the American Political Tradition

10.00-11.30 AM

Chair: Robert Kraynak, Colgate University, [email protected]

“Separation of State from Church: Tocqueville on Religion in a Democracy.” Mary Clare Imparato, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, [email protected]

“The American Founding as a Blended Scotch: A Reply to Tom West.” Robert Kraynak, Colgate University, [email protected]

“The Liturgy of Liberty.” Joshua Bowman, Louisiana State University, [email protected]

“Political Sermons and the First Amendment.” Glenn A. Moots, Northwood University, [email protected] and Thomas Kevin Conerty, Vanderbilt University, [email protected]

Discussant: James Stoner, Louisiana State University, [email protected]

 

Panel 3, Ideology as an Enduring Factor in Politics

12.00-1.30 PM

Chair:  Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia-Okanagan, [email protected]

“Against Ideology: Anti-Politics in the 21st Century.” Eugen L. Nagy, Central Washington University, [email protected]

“Dominium v. Auctoritas: Nihilism and the Political Community.” James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

“The Short Czech 20th Century: Patocka between Masaryk and Havel.” Martin Palous, Florida International University, [email protected]

Discussant: Henrik Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo, [email protected]

 

Panel 4, Roundtable: Memory, Conflict, and Reconciliation

4.00-5.30 PM

Chair:  Martin Palous, Florida International University, [email protected]

David Walsh, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

Henrik Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo, [email protected]

Tilo Schabert, University of Erlangen, [email protected]

Orlando Guttierez-Boronat, Cuban Democratic Directorate, Miami,  [email protected]

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018

Panel 5, The Foundations, Failings, and Future of a Liberal Order

8.00-9.30 AM

Chair: Dennis Coyle, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“The Signature of Modernity: Experiential Foundations of an Open Society.” Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne, [email protected]

“Liberalism Erodes Constitutionalism: A Matricide.” Graham Walker, The Witherspoon Institute, [email protected]

“American Nationalism and Civil Religion.” Samuel Goldman, George Washington University, [email protected]

“After the Fall: Hierarchy, Subsidiarity, and the Recovery of Meaning.” Dennis Coyle, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussant: Matthew Cantirino, The Catholic University of America, [email protected] and Jeffrey Polet, Hope College, [email protected]

 

Panel 6, Paths Toward a Recovery of Constitutionalism

10.00-11.30 AM

Chair:  John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, [email protected]

“Hero and Divine Average: Whitman’s Democratic Vistas and Thomas Carlyle.” David Sollenberger, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“In Search of Humanity: Ernest Gaines on Racial Harm and Healing.” Sarah Beth V. Kitch, Northern Illinois University, [email protected]

“Rules for a Madhouse: A Pascalian Defense of Constitutionalism.” Paul Rodriguez, University of Notre Dame, [email protected]

“The Trump Wall and the Paradox of Rights: Could Hooker Better Welcome Refugees?” Jeremy Seth Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected]

Discussant: Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

 

Panel 7, Explaining the Jihadist Project

12.00-1.30 PM

Chair: Scott Segrest, The Citadel, [email protected]

“Sayyid Qutb’s Jihad.” Scott Segrest, The Citadel, [email protected]

“General Wellsprings of Apocalyptic and World-Transforming Violence.” Michael Franz, Loyola University of Maryland, [email protected]

“The Inheritance of ISIS.” Fasal Devji, University of Oxford, [email protected]

“The Islamic Republic of Iran: A Variety of Political Religion?” Eliot Assoudeh, University of Nevada Reno, [email protected]

Discussant:  Barry Cooper, University of Calgary, [email protected]

 

Panel 8, Overcoming the Fractures and Discontents of Politics

2.00-3.30 PM

Chair: Richard Avramenko, University of Wisconsin-Madison, [email protected]

“Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology and the Arian Controversy.” Eduardo Schmidt Passos, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Is Progressivism Compatible With Christianity?” Thomas E. Lordan, Independent Scholar, [email protected]

“Killing Me Softly: Suicide in the Thought of Plato and Aristotle.” Richard Avramenko, University of Wisconsin-Madison, [email protected] and Philip Bunn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, [email protected]

“Virtue Ethics and IR Theory in Kenneth W. Thompson.” Reed M. Davis, Seattle Pacific University, [email protected]

Discussant: Steven McGuire, Villanova University, [email protected]

 

Panel 9, Why Voegelin Matters Today

4.00-5.30 PM

Chair: Jeremy Seth Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Voegelin, Augustine, Hobbes and the Tradition.” Nalin Ranasinghe, Assumption College, [email protected]

“History, Ideology and Noetic Differentiation.” Peter Sampo, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

“Voegelin the Man: Symbol and Soul.” Julianne Marie Romanello, [email protected]

Discussants: Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University, [email protected] and Jeremy Seth Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected]

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Panel 10, The Person as the Horizon of the Political

8.00-9.30 AM

Chair: David Walsh, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Beyond the Form of Politics.” John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, [email protected]

“An Aesthetics of Human Freedom: Recapturing Personal Integrity in light of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.” John McNerney,The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Man Writ Large: A Personalist Account of the Pre-Political Origins of the State.” Steven Millies, Catholic Theological Union, [email protected]

“The Transcendence of Tension.” Enrique Pallares, [email protected], Catholic University of America

Discussant: David Walsh, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

 

Panel 11, The Meaning of Life and Existential Uncertainty

10.00-11.30 AM

Chair: Sarah Shea, McGill University, [email protected]

“Simone Weil and Habits of the Mind for the Search for Meaning.” Macon W. Boczek, Kent State University, [email protected]

“What is the Meaning of (a) Life and How Does One Know?” Jerry Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected]

“God and the Care for One’s Story.” Abigail Rosenthal, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, [email protected]

“Ethos and Politics in the Poetry of Stefan George.” William Petropulos, Voegelin-Archiv, [email protected]

Discussant: Jodi Bruhn, [email protected] and Anthony Esolen, Providence College, [email protected]

 

Panel 12, Voegelin’s Continuing Conversation with Other Thinkers

12.00-1.30 PM

Chair:  Harald Bergbauer, University of Applied Sciences,  [email protected]

“Voegelin and Thomas More: A Reappraisal, Shaun Rieley.” The Catholic University, 35 [email protected]

“Steps to an ecology of consciousness: Eric Voegelin and Gregory Bateson.” Bjorn Thomassen, Roskilde University, [email protected]

“Voegelin and Strauss on Husserl as an insufficiently political philosopher.” Molly Brigid McGrath, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Finnis on Voegelin’s Work.” Francois Denis Lecoutre, University of Cergy-Potoise, [email protected]

Discussant: Harald Bergbauer, University of Applied Sciences,  [email protected]

 

Panel 13, Comprehensive Judgment and Absolute Selflessness: Churchill on Friendship

2.00-3.30 PM

Chair: Daniel J. Mahoney, [email protected], Assumption College

“Churchill and the Athens-Jerusalem Conflict over Friendship.” Grant Neil Havers, Trinity Western University, havers @twu.ca

“Churchill’s Friendly Storytelling.” Thomas W. Heilke, [email protected], The University of British Columbia, Okanagan

“Honor and Christian Ethics: Churchill and the Hierarchy of Virtue.” Steven Hayward, University of California at Berkeley, [email protected]

“Churchill on Friendship: An Aristotelian View.” Will Morrisey, Hillsdale College, [email protected]

Discussant: John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, [email protected]

 

Panel 14, Perspectives on Leo Strauss and Edmund Burke

4.00-5.30 PM

Chair: Gregory Collins, Yale University, [email protected]

“On the Place of the Burke sub-chapter in the Plan of Natural Right and History.” Steven J. Lenzner, Claremont McKenna College, [email protected]

“The Is and the Ought Not: The Burkean Disposition of Leo Strauss.” Greg Weiner, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Edmund Burke as Indeterminate Dyad in Leo Strauss’s Natural Right and History.” Jeffrey Bernstein, Holy Cross College, [email protected]

“Universality and Abstraction in Burke and Strauss.” Claes G. Ryn, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussant: Nasser Behnegar, Boston College, [email protected] and Steven B. Smith, Yale University, [email protected]

 

Business Meeting, Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 PM (Marriott Simmons)

Reception, Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 PM (Marriott Arlington)

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Panel 15, Justice in International Society, Ancient and Modern

8.00-9.30 AM

Chair: David Clinton, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Montesquieu, China, and Human Rights, Christopher Daniel Ruiz.” Baylor University, [email protected]

“Churchill’s Marlborough: War and Diplomacy in an Aristocratic Age.” Marjorie Louise Jeffrey, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Justice as Virtue in Diplomatic Conduct.” Stephen Patrick Sims, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Churchill, Anglo-Americanism, and Exceptionalism.” Greg Russell, University of Oklahoma, [email protected]

Discussants: Reed M. Davis, Seattle Pacific University and David Clinton, Baylor University, [email protected]

 

Panel 16, Kant on Religion and Politics

10.00-11.30 AM

Chair: Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, [email protected]

“Beyond the Limits of Reason in Kant’s Religious and Political Thought.” Steven McGuire, Villanova University, [email protected]

“Man the Questioner: Kant’s Recovery of Transcendence in Moral Existence.” Gustavo A. Santos, Oficina Municipa, [email protected]

“Ethical Communities: Kant’s Ecclesiology in his Moral and Political Philosophy.” Carol B. Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected]

Discussant: Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, [email protected] and Susan Shell, Boston College, [email protected]

David Walsh

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David Walsh is the Chair Board Member of VoegelinView, President of the Eric Voegelin Society, and Professor of Political Science at Catholic University of America. He is the author of a three-volume study of modernity: After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (Harper/Collins, 1990), The Growth of the Liberal Soul (Missouri, 1997), and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence (Cambridge, 2008). His latest book is Politics of the Person and as the Politics of Being (Notre Dame, 2015).