11 Jul 2017
How can one think of the relationship between the definitiveness of conversion, the teleological reconstruction of the past, and the integrity of the self? What are the implications in terms of subjectivity, gender, and desire? Is conversion a process that can be narrated or rather something constituted through the performance of narration itself? Can the paradox that conversion appears as both the condition and the performative product of self-narration be resolved through conversion’s teleological temporal structure? To what extent is an irreducibly complex experience reduced by being unfolded in such a linear temporality and at what cost for the self and for others? And finally, if Western paradigms not only of autobiography but of narration as such have arguably become inextricably bound up with conversion and its temporality, can one think of (narrative and textual) forms that propose other articulations of time and subjectivity?
This workshop will problematize the concept of conversion by looking at the interactions between theological discussions and literary re/presentations. It will also question conversion’s temporal structure by considering contemporary critiques of teleology, normativity, and futurity.
The workshop includes a presentation by Daniel C. Barber and will discuss texts by Augustine, Foucault, and Ryan Szpiech.
14:00 Daniel Barber: Death of Recognition
followed by discussion
15:00 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Discussion of pre-circulated texts
17:00 Coffee break
17:30-19:00 Discussion of pre-circulated texts
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Elizabeth Eva Leach
Organized byFrancesco Giusti
In EnglishFirst published on: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/on-conversion/
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