September 28-29, 2022
An International and Interdisciplinary Synchronous Online Conference
Sponsored by the University of Vienna and the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (Whitestone Publications) in Co-operation with the University of Denver
You must register in advance (see below) whereupon you will automatically receive a participation link. If you are having trouble, please email us.
What we term “religion” or the “religious” is a universal signifier that encompasses a range of social forms, cultural meanings, and symbolic practices presupposing the presencing of a certain transcendent reality. However, the manifestation of transcendence is impossible without corporeal experience, whether that involve sexuality, gender, the regimentation of the body in ascetic practices, the definition of reproductive rights, the subjugation of persons through the wielding of law and punishment, war and conflict, the endurance of pain and suffering for a higher purpose.
How are new theoretical perspectives involving phenomenology, neurology, gender theory, racialization, colonization and de-colonization, medical and social ethics, feminism, etc. transforming our previous stances, or positionalities?
Wednesday, September 28
Welcome and Announcements
Embodiment and the Sacred – Faculty Panel
Carl Raschke, University of Denver (US); Michel Staudigl, University of Vienna (Austria(; Jason Jeffries, University of Denver (US); Anna Westin, St. Mellitus College (UK)
Anna Magnasco, University of Torino (Italy)
The Body in the Disenchanted Society: Between Suffering and the Sacred in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) movement
Magdalena Sedmak, University of Vienna (Austria)
Trauma in Emmanuel Lévinas´ Writing Body
Stella Indira Auer, University of Vienna (Austria)
Kev Grane, University of Denver (United States)
Evolution of Gender Hierarchy in Western Christianity
Tobias Patry, University of Vienna
Thursday, September 29
John Boswell’s History of (Eurochristian) Sexuality: A Case Study in Rethinking Embodiment By Way of Historical Proxy
Jared Lacy, University of Denver
Kevin Hujing, University of Denver (United States)
Nina Sophie Weiss, École Normale Supérieure (France)
Religion as Embodiment in a More-Than-Human World. A Feminist Approach.
Anna-Maria Edlinger, University of Vienna (Austria)
The Sacred as Bordering Place
Caterina Degaetan, University of Milan (Italy)
The Imagination in Spinoza: The Moral Good between Prophecy and the Amor Dei Intellectualis
Gabe Parker, University of Denver (United States)
Secularizing the Sacred
Anja Krvina, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Exploring the Role of Consent and Religion in Yoga Nowadays