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Kierkegaard Repetitions: An International Conference Celebrating the Bicentenary of Kierkegaard's Birth

Organized by the Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center and the Royal Danish Embassy, Washington, DC
September 20-21, 2013


2013 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Søren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth-century philosopher, theologian, literary figure, social critic, and more. To celebrate the event, The Humanities Center, in collaboration with the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C., will host an international conference on September 20-21: “Kierkegaard Repetitions.”

Kierkegaard has long been recognized as one of the central thinkers of Western modernity due to his groundbreaking examination of topics such as subjectivity, the absurd, anxiety and boredom, mass-culture and the individual, faith and reason, indirect communication, irony and choice. Only in recent years, however, has it also become possible to take full stock of the range of Kierkegaard’s sources and interlocutors, making clear for the first time the extent of his engagements with earlier and contemporary sources. In order to reflect this broad interdisciplinary nature of both the origins and receptions of Kierkegaard’s thought, Kierkegaard Repetitions will bring together leading scholars in a range of different fields, including philosophy and theology, art history and literature, psychoanalysis and the natural sciences.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013


H.E. Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Danish Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States
Katherine Newman, James B. Knapp Dean of The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University

SESSION I: 10.30 A.M.-12.30 P.M.

Chair: Ruth Leys (JHU)

10.30-11.30 a.m.
Pia Søltoft (University of Copenhagen)
The Transparency of Self-Love? Kierkegaard vs. Frankfurt

11.30-12.30 p.m.
Hent de Vries (JHU)
The Kierkegaardian Moment: Dialectical Theology and its Aftermath

12.30-2.00 p.m.
Lunch Break

SESSION II: 2.00-4.00 P.M.

Chair: Paola Marrati (JHU)

2.00-3.00 p.m.
Michael Fried (JHU)
Constantin Constantius Goes to the Theater

3.00-4.00 p.m.
Jonathan Lear (University of Chicago)
On a Possible Use of Disjunction in the Late Journals of Søren Kierkegaard, 1854-1855

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2013

SESSION III: 9.00-11.00A.M.

Chair: Eckart Förster (JHU)

9.00-10.00 a.m.
Michelle Kosch (Cornell University)
Moral Ideals and ‘ought implies can’

10.00-11.00 a.m.
Vanessa Rumble (Boston College)
Kierkegaard’s Relation to Schelling

11.00-11.15 a.m.
Coffee break

SESSION IV: 11.15A.M.-1.15P.M.

Chair: Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University)

11.15-12.15 p.m.
Lore Hühn (University of Freiburg)
Negativity: Hegel, Kierkegaard and Adorno

12.15-1.15 p.m.
David Kangas (California State University Stanislaus)
The Nowhere of Truth: Kierkegaard’s Discourse on the Occasion of Confession

1.15-3.00 p.m.
Lunch Break

SESSION V: 3.00-5.00 P.M.

Chair: Marilyn Piety (Drexel University)

3.00-4.00 p.m.
Edward Mooney (Syracuse University)
Dependance and its Discontents: How Self is Sustained by Another

4.00-5.00 p.m.
Michael Finkenthal (JHU)
Kierkegaard in Romania before WWII: Reception or Rejection?

Additional support for the conference has been provided by the Office of the Dean of the Zanvyl S. Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, and the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at JHU. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Leonardo Lisi:


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