Prof. Radzins Presiding a Book Panel at AAR Annual Meeting

November 20, 2012 at 9:00am to 11:30am

Inese Radzins , Assistant Professor of Theology and the Dorothea Harvey Professor of Swedenborgian Studies will be presiding on a book panel in the Theology and Religious Reflection Section.

This panel will assess the importance of Vincent’s Lloyd’s The Problem with Grace: Reconfiguring Political Theology (Stanford University Press 2011). The focus of the panel will be three fold. First, to discuss Lloyd’s thesis: the development of an “antisupersessionist canon of political thought” (19) that considers the political in non-redemptive categories, i.e. from “the messiness of the world from which there is no escape” (26). The second focus will be to assess Lloyd’s methodology and his use of less-traditional figures (Baldwin, Kafka, Rose and Weil), mediums (such as film and literature) as well as various theories (film, race, theological, philosophical, literary) to create a new vocabulary for political theology. Third and finally, the panel will evaluate the books contribution to theology and religious studies, especially in terms of rethinking the intersections of gender-race-ethnicity when considering the political.

Panelists:

  • Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia
  • Terrance Wiley, Carleton College
  • Martin Kavka, Florida State University

Responding:

  • Vincent Lloyd, Syracuse University