So I’ve been a pretty worthless blogger over the past six weeks due to some good friends visiting from the states and a bit of traveling around the continent. Now I’m done with any fun summer antics and ready to get ‘back to work’ in what could be a hectic few months. In that time I have to:
1) Research/Write my MA dissertation. In very crude terms, it’s going to consist of a philosophical reading of Latin American liberation theology, with specific reference to the ontology (or lack thereof) present within much of the literature. I hope to use the work of Alain Badiou, and specifically the notions of subjectivity and intensities of existence found in Logics of Worlds, to work towards an ontology of emancipation of some sort in contrast to the ideologies of liberation found in much Latin American thought. At some point I also hope to handle the question of Badiou’s ‘fifth generic procedure’, which many have noted seems to be religion, Christianity in particular. We’ll see how it all pans out though.
2) Finish an abstract on ‘Meillassoux’s messianic atheism’ for the Continental Philosophy of Religion conference in Oxford this September.
3) Write a paper on Badiou and Latin American liberation thought for the Grandeur of Reason conference in Rome.
4) Finish book reviews for the Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory and Political Theology
and probably the biggest event of the summer….
4) Pack up my life in Nottingham and drag it up to Dundee, Scotland. Although many already know this, I’ve yet to ‘blog about it; I’m going to the University of Dundee to start a PhD in philosophy with John Mullarkey. It was a tough decision, as I was also accepted into the PhD program in theology here at Nottingham, but after much thought I decided that Dundee provided the best department and supervision for my research interest. Although I’m a bit intimidated about moving to a philosophy department, I think after an initial period of fear and anxiety I’ll do just fine.
Well, that’s what I have going on for the rest of the summer, and I plan to start posting some early reading notes/thoughts relating to my dissertation real soon.