Hamann and the Tradition

John Pless passed along the following itinerary. This is an international conference on Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788), the great anti-rationalist philosopher of Konigsberg so influential on the confessional revival of the 19th century including the Erlangen School. He has been used extensively by Oswald Bayer who will be a major speaker at this conference.

Friday, March 20, 2009

9:30     Breakfast & Registration

10:00   Welcome & Opening Remarks: Lisa Marie Anderson, Hunter College

10:15   John Betz,  Assistant Professor of Theology, Loyola College (Maryland) "Reading Sibylline Leaves: Hamann in the History of Ideas"

11:00   Break

11:15   Gwen Griffith-Dickson, Director, Lokahi Foundation, Visiting Professor, King's College; Emeritus Professor, Gresham College (London) "God, I & Thou: Hamann and the Personalist Tradition"

12:00   Catered Lunch

1:15     Panel Discussion 1: Hamann Shaping Europe: Literary and Political Identities

            - Lori Yamato, CUNY Graduate Center, "Hamann's Fables of Dismemberment"

            - Kamaal Haque, Dickson College, "Hamann, Goethe and the West-östlicher Divan"

            - Christian Sinn, Universität Konstanz, "Hallucinating Europe: Hamann and His Impact on German Romantic Drama"

2:30     Break

2:45     Katie Terezakis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology (New York) "Is Theology Possible After Hamann?"

3:30     Coffee Break

4:00     Keynote Address: Oswald Bayer, Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy of Religion, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen  "God as Author: The Theological Foundation of Hamann's Autorpoetik"

5:30     Reception hosted by Shirley Clay Scott, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Hunter College

Saturday, March 21, 2009

9:30     Breakfast

10:15   Kenneth Haynes, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University (Providence) "Tradition and Testimony in Hamann"

11:00   Break

11:15   Manfred Kuehn, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University "Hamann on Reason, Hume, and Kant"

12:00   Catered Lunch

1:00     Johannes von Lüpke, Professor of Systematic Theology, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal, Director, Internationales Hamann-Kolloquium "Metaphysics and Metacritique. Hamann's Understanding of the Word of God in the Tradition of Lutheran Theology"

 1:45     Break

2:00     Panel Discussion 2: The Heart of the Matter: Language and Theology in Hamann

            - Kelly Dean Jolley, Auburn University, "Apophatic Living. Indirection as an Existential Strategy"

            - Gregory Walter, St. Olaf College, "Christ the Hieroglyph: Prophetic Reason and Semiotics Between Mendelssohn and Hamann"

            - Jonathan Gray, University of London, "Hamann, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein on the Language of Philosophers"

            - Stephen Cole Leach, University of Texas Pan American, "Skepticism and Faith in Hamann and Kierkegaard"

3:45     Closing Remarks

Gratefully acknowledging the support of: The Max Kade Foundation, The Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Hunter College (CUNY), The Office of the Provost, Hunter College (CUNY), The Department of German, Hunter College (CUNY)

Location: Hunter College, New York, NY, Screening Room, Leona & Marcy Chanin Center (Room B126) Subway/Basement Level, West Building, 68th Street & Lexington Avenue.

For more information, contact Prof. John Pless [john.pless@ctsfw.edu].