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Call for Papers

“Kierkegaard and Political Theology”

Meeting of the Political Theology Group to be held with the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, April 1- April 5, 2015, at The Westin Bayshore,

Papers exploring the relation between Kierkegaard and political theology are welcome. Possible topics might include:

(1)    Comparative studies between Kierkegaard and the following philosophers: Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Simon Critchley, Slavoj Žižek, or Giorgio Agamben.

(2)    How Kierkegaard’s thought might inform or contribute to post-secular theory.

(3)    Kierkegaard and Christian nationalism.

Papers should be no more than 3000 words (excluding endnotes and references), so that they can be read or delivered within 20-25 minutes. Please submit electronic copies of papers (in .pdf or .doc format) to Roberto Sirvent at rdsirvent@hiu.edu by September 1, 2014. We will notify authors whose papers are accepted no later than October 1.

For more information about the Pacific APA meeting, see here:

Questions? Email Roberto Sirvent at rdsirvent@hiu.edu

Call for Papers


Acta Kierkegaardiana VII: Call for Papers

Kierkegaard and Classical Greek Thought

Throughout his life Kierkegaard draws inspiration from classical Greek thinkers. Over and over he refers to Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers, as well as to Greek rhetoricians, dramatists, poets, and historians. For Kierkegaard “the Greeks” (and, above all, his favorite philosopher, Socrates) represent the ideal of a life combining individual reflection with ethical action—an ideal he finds all too often ignored within nineteenth-century Copenhagen. The purpose of the present volume, therefore, is to explore this rich source of Kierkegaard’s thought, in order both to understand his arguments in their historical context and to apply them today.

Manuscripts for this volume should be submitted by June 30, 2014, and should follow the “Guidelines for Submission” listed on the Acta Kierkegaardiana site:


In order to allow authors to use the summer months to finish their manuscripts, we are extending the deadline for submission of manuscripts until August 15, 2014.

The editors for the volume will be Andrew Burgess and William McDonald.

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International Conference

Research Seminar

"Kierkegaard and the Conception of God in Contemporary Thought"

August 25-27, 2014

Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

The 25th-26th at the Faculty of Theology, Købmagergade 46, Aud. 7, 1st Floor

The 27th at Vartov, Farvergade 27, Entrance H, 1st Floor

Program here http://www.skc.ku.dk/arrangementer/forskerseminar


Danish course from July 1st to July 21st in Italy, at the Università Ca’ Foscari.

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Summer Course

Kierkegaard – The Individual in Global Society : July 2nd-25th
Faculty of Theology, Købmagergade 44-46, 1150 Copenhagen K.
Application deadline 1 June 2014


Once again the Faculty of Theology and the Centre of Søren Kierkegaard give you the opportunity to study Kierkegaard during summer, where you will meet students from many different countries.

The course takes a Danish perspective on common existential themes by reading the world famous local philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, in his home town and at his own university.

The main topic of the course is Søren Kierkegaard's witty and deeply earnest exploration of the problem of self-identity. Beginning with the breakdown of culture-specific ethnic and religious categories that have traditionally defined the self, the course treats Kierkegaard's scathing critique of religious culture and politics, his view that religious demands can conflict with seemingly universal ethical duties, and his assertion that the look of the Other is a defining factor in self-identity.

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“Kierkegaard’s notion of evil” Lecture by Lars Fr. Svendsen

Lars Fr. Svendsen er professor i filosofi ved Universitetet i Bergen. Han har skrevet en rekke bøker om spørsmål som frykt, mote, kjedsomhet, arbeid, liberalisme – og ondskap. Bøkene er oversatt til 26 språk og han er kjent som en meget habil formidler og foreleser. Han vil i dette foredraget se særlig på hvordan Kierkegaard forholder seg til tanken om det radikale onde i Kants filosofi. Sted: Universitetet i Oslo, Georg Sverdrups hus (UB), Auditorium 2

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"Kierkegaard y su época"

Director: Prof. Dr. José García Martín. Departamento de Sociología. Universidad de Granada
(España). Presidente de la Sociedad Hispánica de Amigos de Kierkegaard (S.H.A.K.).

Fecha: Lunes alternos, a partir del lunes 17 de marzo hasta el lunes 9 de junio de 2014.
Hora: 12:50 – 14:50 h.

Lugar: Facultad de CC. PP. y Sociología, Universidad de Granada (España). Aula: por determinar.
Dirigido al alumnado de la Facultad de CC. PP. y Sociología, de Filosofía, así como a cualquier
persona interesada en iniciarse en el conocimiento del autor.

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"Længsel: Lundbye og Kierkegaard"


Skovgaard Museet, Viborg, Denmark

January 17 - May 25,  2014



I anledning af 200-året for filosoffen Søren Kierkegaards fødsel, har museerne Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Ribe Kunstmuseum og Skovgaard Museet sammen med Søren Kierkegaard Forskningscenteret sat sig for at belyse guldaldermaleren J. Th. Lundbyes optagethed af Søren Kierkegaards eksistenstænkning. Vi vil med nyt kildemateriale undersøge, hvordan - og om - Lundbyes læsning af Kierkegaards skrifter kan aflæses direkte i kunstnerens værker.


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May 27-28th 11-13hrs.

“El viaje de Kierkegaard a Gilleleje”
By prof. Dr. Jon Stewart at Universidad Iberoamericana.

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May 22nd 11-13hrs
“La herencia hegeliana de Kierkegaard”
by prof. Dr. Jon Stewart at Universidad Iberoamericana.

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Book presentation.

May 20th 11-13hrs.
“La unidad de La Fenomenología del Espíritu de Hegel: Una interpretación sistemática”
by prof. Dr. Jon Stewart at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.

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May 16th, 2014.
“Kierkegaard duty as a way of living”.
By Sergio Muñoz Fonnegra.
Sala de Grados de la Facultad de Letras y ciencias Humanas.
Pontífica Universidad Católica del Perú.

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21.05. 19:30
Marius Timmann Mjaaland: Kierkegaards store hemmelighet
Stavanger: Tananger menighetshus. Tananger kirkeakademi & DNSKS.

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June 5-6, 2014. Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.

The aim of the conference is to examine what happened to the perfectionist tradition in ethics subsequent to Kant’s critique of it, where this will include discussion of figures such as Schiller, Fichte, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche and the British Idealists amongst others.
Confirmed Speakers:

Christopher Bennett (Sheffield)
David Brink (USCD)
Clare Carlisle (KCL)
David James (Warwick)
Douglas Moggach (Ottawa)
Simon Robertson (Cardiff)
John Skorupski (St Andrews)
Robert Stern (Sheffield)

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Call for Papers

"Søren Kierkegaard and the World throughout History"

Sociedad Académica Kierkegaard is pleased to invite proposals for papers to be presented at the international conference "Søren Kierkegaard and the World throughout HIstory," which will take place in Guadalajara, Jal. Mexico, June 3rd and 4th 2014.

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Call for Papers

Kierkegaard and Narrative

Over the past few years a conversation has emerged on the topic of Kierkegaard and narrative. This year’s Søren Kierkegaard Society panel at the December 2014 APA Eastern Division Meeting in Philadelphia seeks submissions that engage this topic and advance the discussion of Kierkegaard and narrative. Papers will be considered that deal with Kierkegaard’s use of narrative or Kierkegaard’s work as a source for thinking about narrative. Particular themes of interest include: perception of identity in narrative, normative implications of narrative, narrative and aesthetic conventions, subjectivity and/in narrative, the connection between narrative and image, and the relation of narrative to mimesis or imitation.

The deadline for submissions is May 15th, 2014. Submitted papers should be no more than 3,000 words in length. Please send submissions to Jeffrey Hanson at:

Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the 15th Japanese Kierkegaard Society reunion.  Deadline April 27th. The Conference will take place on July the 6th 2014.

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International Conference


"Kierkegaard Sources and Reception:
The State of Kierkegaard Studies Today
On Occasion of the Completion of the 'Sources' and 'Reception' Sections
of the Series, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources"

April 30-May 2, 2014
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

Auditorium 7, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen
Købmagergade 44-46, 1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Conference Languages: English, Danish, German


Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources is the largest series of secondary literature in Kierkegaard studies ever published. In 2013 it reached a landmark with the publication of the final volume in the “Reception” part of the series. The first section of the series “Sources” was published from 2007-2010. It contained 7 volumes divided into 15 individual tomes, representing the work of more than 100 authors from more than 20 countries. Section Two on the “Reception” of Kierkegaard’s thought was published from 2009 to 2013 and contains some 17 tomes, featuring the work of almost 150 authors of some 40 different nationalities. This series has established itself as an important reference work in the field. The goal of this conference is to examine the ways in which this series has shaped the research landscape. How has it contributed to Kierkegaard studies and what is now left to be done?


To register, download the registration form:
Registration Form

Fill it out and send it to the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre’s secretary, Bjarne Still Laurberg: bsl@sk.ku.dk
Deadline for registration March 26, 2014


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Between Kierkegaard and Descartes: Faith, Reason, and Ontology of Creation.
By Avron Kulak, at Trinity College, Friday, April 11, 2014.

April 11, 2014,
7:15 -10:00 pm,
Divinity Common Room,
Trinity College, University of Toronto
Avron Kulak
Between Kierkegaard and Descartes:
Faith, Reason, and the Ontology of Creation

Kierkegaard opens Fear and Trembling by invoking Cartesian doubt as the challenge to modern philosophers. Unlike modern philosophers, Kierkegaard insists, Descartes was willing to undertake the enormous task of doubting everything, which was possible, Kierkegaard holds, because, like Abraham, Descartes did not doubt with respect to faith - he did not doubt that God necessarily existed. Yet, what are we to make of Kierkegaard aligning Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, with Abraham, the father of faith, especially given the insistence in Fear and Trembling that faith begins where thought stops? Are the single individual and the doubter presented to us by Kierkegaard and Descartes faithful or rational, religious or philosophical? In my paper I shall argue that, in showing that the being whose necessary existence must be affirmed is no less human than divine, the texts of Kierkegaard and Descartes teach us that faith and reason are dialogically interconnected, insofar as each involves the confrontation with or call from God and, therefore, the ontology of creation from nothing.

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Kierkegaard Conference “Kierkegaard and our Society” at the XVII Congreso Internacional de Filosofía, Morelia, Mexico.  April 7-11th 2014.

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'Kierkegaard to Løgstrup: the Danish interest in personal responsibility'

Friday, April 4th. 9.30-17.30

At Jessop West Exhibition Space, University of Sheffield.  Organized by the Centre for Nordic Studies and the Centre for the History of Philosophy.

Hans Fink (University of Aarhus): 'On Personal Responsibility and Moral Obligation in Løgstrup: The Ethical Demand'.
John Lippitt (University of Hertfordshire): 'On Kierkegaardian hope, with some questions about Løgstrupian trust'.
Hugh Pyper (University of Sheffield): 'What's so Good about the Good Samaritan? Kierkegaard and Løgstrup on the Neighbor'.
Daniel Watts (University of Essex): 'Ethical Rule-Following: Kierkegaard on Repetition and Responsibility'.
Colin Roth (University of Sheffield): 'Thoughts on some early responses to Kierkegaard and their context in Danish culture'.

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“Kierkegaard and Hegel: The Question of Faith and Knowledge”

April 3rd, 18.30 (CET) Seminar at the Open University in Hagen, given by Jon Stewart. 
Seminargebäude der FernUniversität, Universitätsstr. 33, Raum 1 bis 3, 58097 Hagen

The seminar will be available via live streaming on the following link.



Die Frage von Wissen und Glauben
Wie allgemein bekannt, hat der Begründer des Existenzdenkens, Sören Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855), zahlreiche Einwände gegen Hegels Philosophie vorgebracht. Einer seiner Haupteinwände war, dass Hegel das Wesen der Religion missverstehe, indem er in seiner Philosophie die Religion in der Rubrik von Wissenschaft und Wissen platziere. Im Gewand seiner pseudonymen Verfassernamen beharrt Kierkegaard darauf, dass Glauben und Wissen in ihrem Wesen unterschiedlich sind. Im Vortrag geht es um die Frage, was aus Sicht Hegels auf diesen Einwand Kierkegaards zu erwidern wäre. Hegel hätte wohl betont, dass Kierkegaards Glaubensbegriff rein formal und ohne jeglichen konkreten Inhalt sei und aus diesem Grunde auch nicht als christlicher Glaube bezeichnet werden könne. Religion bedarf eines konkreten Inhalts, schon damit sich eine Religion von einer anderen unterscheiden kann. Das Fehlen eines wohldefinierten Inhaltes öffnet die Tür für die Selbsttäuschung, dass die Eigenart und der Gegenstand des Glaubens der subjektiven Laune des Einzelnen überlassen bleiben könne.

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Kierkegaard, Fondane et la philosophie de l’existence

Mardi 1er avril 2014

Faculté de philosophie et Lettres, département de philosophie
Auditoire L57 (5ème étage) , Rue grafé 1 - 5000 Namur

Organisation : Nicolas Monseu & Joaquim Hernandez-Dispaux

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Contact : nicolas.monseu@unamur.be








International Conference


"Jüdische Kierkegaard-Lektüren / Jewish Readings of Kierkegaard"


Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

December 16-18, 2013


Confirmed speakers include George Pattison, Peter Šajda, Peter Tudvad, Christian Wiese et al.


While the question regarding Jewish receptions of Kierkegaard has been addressed in recent years with regard to some of the mentioned thinkers, no systematic and comparative analysis of the phenomenon of the fascination Kierkegaardian thought and texts exerted on Jewish intellectuals (both religious and secular) during the 20th century, particularly but not exclusively in the German-speaking world, has been undertaken. Furthermore, the research that has been done so far has been conducted from rather different assumptions, methodological preferences and with different aims. Usually the – maybe premature – assumption has been that the specifically Jewish dimension of the given readings of Kierkegaard can be mainly, or even exclusively, defined in terms of their thematic and textual selectivity. Given this perfectly legitimate but seemingly one-sided approach there is one complementary research question that has, so far, been widely neglected – namely whether or not, and in which regard, the reception of the religious author Kierkegaard by Jewish intellectuals in the 20th century can be understood as an expression of their respective self-understanding as a Jew. Did these Jewish intellectuals present their reading of Kierkegaard explicitly and deliberately as a programmatic reflection of their own Jewishness? Or does the way in which they refer to the Danish thinker enable us to discern more or less implicit traces of their Jewishness or or their experience of Jewish existenz in the 20th century? What do the “Jewish readings” of Kierkegaard tell about the nature of the various identities of the relevant Jewish intellectuals? This question is further complicated by the fact that Kierkegaard himself, particular in his journals and notebooks, expressed a broad range of thoughts regarding Judaism which are shaped by personal, theological and political ideas and/or by a specific philosophy of history – a fact that, interestingly enough, does not seem to play a major role for the readings of his Jewish interpreters. To explore the reasons for the restraint in addressing this element of Kierkegaard’s thought is one further goal of the symposium.


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"Kierkegaard. Duecento anni dopo (1813-2013)"


December 9-10, 2013

Ca’ Foscari, Aula Baratto, Dorsoduro 3246, Venice, Italy

Comitato scientifico:
Isabella Adinolfi, Leonardo Amoroso,
Marco Fortunato, Roberto Garaventa,
Giuseppe Goisis, Ettore Rocca

Comitato organizzativo:
Fulvio Accardi, Isabella Adinolfi,
Leonardo Amoroso, Marco Fortunato,
Roberto Garaventa, Giuseppe Goisis,
Laura Liva, Ettore Rocca, Giorgio Ruffa

Università Ca’ Foscari, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni culturali, S. I. S. K.
Società Italiana per gli Studi Kierkegaardiani


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Alastairiana: Celebratio octogenarii professoris philosophiae emeriti Alastair Hannay


December 6, 2013, 13:00 - 16:30

Georg Morgenstjernes hus, Seminarrom 206

University of Oslo, Norway



13: 00 Eyjólfur K. Emilsson: Velkomstord
13:15 Arne Johan Vetlesen: “The fragile particular”
14: 15 Jon Stewart: “Heiberg’s Speculative Poetry as Model for Kierkegaard’s Concept of Irony”
15:15 Pause
15:30 Øyvind Kvalnes: “Moral Luck Revisited”
16:30 Sosialt samvær med ost, kjeks og vin

Seminaret er åpent for alle og blir for det meste på engelsk.


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International Seminar on Kierkegaard:


"La verdad, el amor y el tiempo. Repensar a Kierkegaard a 200 años de su nacimiento"



December 4-5, 2013


Universidad Pontifica Comillas Madrid



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International Conference


"Hommage International à Kierkegaard (1813-1855)"


November 30, 2013

Sorbonne, Paris

Journée organisée par la Société française de philosophie


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La Faculté de philosophie du Centre Sèvres-Facultés jésuites de Paris
et la revue Archives de Philosophie

organisent une soirée :

A l’occasion de la parution du numéro 76/4 des Archives de Philosophie

Une lecture synoptique de Kierkegaard. Les temps de l’œuvre

Vendredi 29 novembre 2013 de 19h30 à 21h30

par André Clair

Professeur émérite d'éthique et d'histoire de la philosophie moderne (Université de Rennes-I)

Entrée libre.

Renseignements au 01 44 39 75 00.


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American Academy of Religion Session

"Kierkegaard at 200: Thinking Backward and Living Forward"


AAR, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group


Baltimore, Maryland


November 23-26, 2013



The Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion is pleased to announce that the AAR has generously granted a request for an extra session on "Kierkegaard at 200: Thinking Backward and Living Forward" at its national meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, November 23-26, 2013.


The distinguished panelists for this session will be: Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, John D. Caputo, George Pattison, and Eric Ziolkowski. The Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group extends its special thanks to the American Academy of Religion for recognizing the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard's birth with this special session.


Details on date and time will be forthcoming.


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International Conference


"Kierkegaard and the Present Age:

Appropriations, Contestations and Interdisciplinary Approaches"


Brigham Young University
Hinckley Center
West Campus Drive
Provo, Utah 84602


November 13-14, 2013



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Announcement, 2013 Jubilee Year

Dear Kierkegaard Scholars and colleges,

May the 5th 2013 is Søren Kierkegaard’s 200th birthday. This will be celebrated all over the world with various lectures, conferences, concerts and other events.

In Denmark the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre (SKC) has developed a strategy for the celebration of the jubilee. In this context we have entered into a number of cooperative agreements with Golden Days, De Danske Folkehøjskoler and Teologisk Pædagogisk Center.

Furthermore we at SKC would like to coordinate the various events through our new website, created specifically for this purpose: www.skc.ku.dk/english/sk2013

Our goal with this is to help the organizers prevent any overlapping in the planning of the jubilee and to give the best possible overview of the various global events in 2013.

Thus we would like to hear how your organization plans to celebrate the jubilee in 2013. We would also like to advertise your events on our website, be they lectures, conferences or anything at all.

To place your event on our website we need the following:
• A title
• The date
• A short introductory paragraph
• A program (if it exists this early, otherwise it can wait)
• A contact person, with email and phone no./link

We are of course aware that most events are not yet fully planned, but that’s ok. We will be updating the website continuously.

We look forward to hearing from you
Best regards,

Thomas Fauth Hansen
SK2013 coordinator, Research Fellow

Copenhagen University
Søren Kierkegaard Research Center
Farvergade 27 opg. D.
1463 København K
Phone no. +45 33 76 69 19




Call for papers

A journal that has long been friendly to Kierkegaard studies, The Modern Schoolman, is changing its name to Res Philosophica. To kick off the event, the journal is putting out a number of special issues. One of them will be on Kierkegaard and rationality. Coinciding with the special issue will be an essay competition.


The winner will receive $3,000 and the winner's article will be published in the issue.

See the official website:


For further information contact Antony Aumann at






Call for papers


Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?

2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture

Baylor University

Institute for Faith and Learning

Waco, Texas, USA

Thursday, October 31-Saturday, November 2

Featured speakers:

Richard Bauckham, University of St Andrews
C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University
Eric Gregory, Princeton University
Paul Griffiths, Duke Divinity School
Jennifer Herdt, Yale Divinity School
Paul Martens, Baylor University
Kathleen Norris, essayist, poet, and author
Cyril O'Regan, University of Notre Dame
Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame
Sylvia Walsh, Stetson University
Merold Westphal, Fordham University

On May 5, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born to Christian parents in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the Evangelical Lutheran Church was supported by the state with the Danish monarch as its supreme authority. Forty-two years later, Kierkegaard died while in the midst of directing an extended philosophical and theological attack on the Church of Denmark and its official representatives, whom he believed were undermining, rather than fostering, the practice of authentic Christianity.

With great passion and vision Kierkegaard engaged the challenges of his age: he articulated in his work and displayed in his brief life the journey of "becoming a Christian" within the crucible of early nineteenth-century Danish Christendom. He was perhaps the most important Christian thinker of his time. But is he a Christian thinker for our time—do his ideas resonate in our 21st-century context? To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard's birth, the 2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will host a wide-ranging exploration of this question.

"Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for Our Time?" invites reflection from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives about Kierkegaard's life and thought, including his intellectual antecedents and the later influence of his work in philosophy, theology, literature, history, psychology, and other fields. Instead of a forum for only Kierkegaard specialists, the symposium seeks to gather a broad and diverse audience interested in the value (and limitations) of Kierkegaard's thought for our contemporary age.

Presentation proposals are welcome from any discipline, as well as cross-disciplinary areas, especially literature, the arts, psychology, sociology, political science, communications, theology, philosophy, and biblical studies.

Possible topics include:

The contemporary relevance of Kierkegaard's critique of "Christendom"
Kierkegaard and the Bible
The value of the "passions" and emotions for Christian theology
Kierkegaard and the human person
The role of "subjectivity" in coming to know Christian truths
Kierkegaardian themes in literature
Kierkegaard on "indirect communication" concerning ethics and religious convictions
Parables, metaphor, and the role of the imagination in Kierkegaard's writings
Kierkegaard on time and eternity
Kierkegaard's relation to other theological figures (e.g. Barth, Bultmann, Brunner, Niebuhr, Ramsey)
Kierkegaard and the virtues
Kierkegaard and political theology

Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, and responses to current books are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted by July 1, 2013 using the online form at www.baylor.edu/ifl/cfp. Call 254-710-4805 or e-mail ifl@baylor.edu for more information.

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Kierkegaard Circle meets on November 8, 2013.

For more information and abstract of talk, please see website


Abstract see tab "session synopsis"

Abrahim H. Khan, Ph.D.
Professor and Advanced Degree Director
Fac. of Divinity, Trinity College in the Univ. of Toronto
Tel 416-978-3039 Fax. 416-978-4949





Lectures, Conference and Other Events

Kierkegaard Jubilee Year: “Kierkegaardjahr 2013”


University of Flensburg



April-November 2013


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Read more about the Kierkegaard Jubilee Year events in Germany



Kierkegaard Bicentennial Panel


The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)


Portland, Oregon


October 24-27, 2013



The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) will have a Kierkegaard Bicentennial Panel at its annual meeting in Portland Oregon, 24-27 October 2013.

The panel was proposed by Jeffrey Hanson, Rick Furtak, Timothy Stock, and Eleanor Helms, and Ada Jaarsma. The program is yet to be announced, but discussion leader-commentators will include Ed Mooney and George Pattison, both arriving by SKYPE.

We will try to keep you abreast of developments including program and time and place of the session.

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The Uses and Abuses of Kierkegaard

Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen, Denmark

October 16-18, 2013

In the history of the reception, Kierkegaard’s thought has been used in the service of a wide range of intellectual programs in a number of fields such as philosophy, theology, religious studies, psychology and political science. In addition, we see today social scientists who, reflecting on and designing professional practices in management, business administration, organizational studies and leadership, refer to Kierkegaard. For example, his emphasis on human freedom, choice and responsibility has led to him being co-opted by the existentialists who hailed him as one of the forerunners of their movement. Similarly, his use of irony, pseudonyms and different literary voices has been seen as an early form of the postmodernist dogmas of the death of the author or the deferment of meaning. Likewise his views about the individual and society have been an inspiration for thinkers with very different views from both ends of the political spectrum. In recent years these various “uses” of Kierkegaard have been called into question as “abuses” by scholars who, trying to restore Kierkegaard to his original context, have pointed out important distortions of his thinking that have been made by those wishing to appropriate him for their own set purposes. Yet the study of Kierkegaard cannot be limited to a chapter in the history of thought. How then can Kierkegaard inspire new thinking in contemporary fields; what are the truly fruitful uses of his thought? This conference will attempt to answer these questions by examining different “abuses” of Kierkegaard’s thought in the different areas mentioned above.

Jon Stewart (js@sk.ku.dk) and Jacob Dahl Rendtorff (jacrendt@ruc.dk)



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"The Existential Interpretation of Human Beings in Philosophy and Psychology: Validity and Topicality"

On Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of Kierkegaard’s Birth

European Humanities University, Vilnius
Center for Philosophical Anthropology

October 3-6, 2013

Sponsored by The Nordic Network of Kierkegaard Research (NordForsk)
In cooperation with The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre (Copenhagen)


The interpretation of Kierkegaard’s contribution to the European intellectual tradition is no longer framed in terms of his identification as “the forerunner of existentialism”; moreover, one of the key concepts of his thinking—that of existence—has become accepted far beyond the historical frames of the above mentioned philosophical school. Today, scholars from different fields, in so far as they are concerned with reflections about human reality, are faced with the necessity of taking into account the existential dimension of human experience as such. Remarkably, with regard to this particular dimension, there seems to be some more or less stable consensus regarding the meaning of the definition “existential.” This implies that scholars share some idea of human existence, which has remained persistent after the long-term and profound criticism of concepts such as “the subject” and “humanism.” At the same time, many of the crucial social and intellectual processes characteristic of our epoch seem to have a tremendous potential to cause such changes in our life, which threaten to cause an unpredictable suppression or distortion of the existential dimension of human beings. When seen from the other side, this dangerous situation means that it is the existential dimension that authentically resists various destructive tendencies of our epoch which concern both the individual and social relations.

The conference has as its goal to reconsider the validity of the existential interpretation of human beings from the point of view of its relevance for different topical problems and challenges of the contemporary world. This involves all significant spheres of our life—such as health, education, labor/work, social bonds, faith, sexuality, self-realization and others. Thus, the whole tradition of existential thinking—both in philosophy and psychology—should be explored anew in the light of the question of whether and why the existential vision is important today.

Questions to be discussed will be:
• The concept of existence and the criticism of the idea of the Subject in contemporary philosophy
• The genesis of the existential tradition (from Kierkegaard to Levinas): unity and ruptures
• Existential phenomenology as method: introspection, interpretation, dialectics
• Advantages and limits of the existential approach:
• existential hermeneutics and social theory
• existential hermeneutics and psychoanalysis
• The idea of authenticity in philosophy, psychology and social theory
• Fundamental moods of human being and neuroses conditioned by the epoch
• The existential interpretation of bodily experience and challenges of newest medical technologies
• The lived body and the virtual body: the contribution of existential phenomenology to the exploration of the role of embodiment for human meaning-making
• Existence and co-existence: the questions of communication and ethical relation to the Other in existential thinking
• Kierkegaard’s anthropology and the validity of his ideas for psychotherapy


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Tatiana Shchyttsova (tatiana.shchyttsova@ehu.lt) and
Jon Stewart





Passion for the Infinite – Søren Kierkegaard and Paul Ricœur

Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen


October 3-4, 2013

On the occasion of Søren Kierkegaard’s 200 and Paul Ricœur’s 100 years anniversaries, this conference will address the impact of the two thinkers on contemporary philosophy of religion, ethics, and hermeneutics of the self.

Confirmed Speakers: Vincent Delecroix, Nicola Stricker, Øystein Brekke, Peter Kemp, Arne Grøn,
Joakim Garff, Mads Peter Karlsen, René Rosfort, Iben Damgaard, Carsten Pallesen.

The conference is organized by Carsten Pallesen and Iben Damgaard.
The conference is free. For registration please send an email by 1. september to
cp@teol.ku.dk or iba@teol.ku.dk

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"Um dinamarquês universal: Søren Kierkegaard"

An exhibit at the Biblioteca Nacional, Lisboa, Portugal


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Kierkegaard Repetitions: An International Conference Celebrating the Bicentenary
of the Birth of Søren Kierkegaard

John Hopkins University, Baltimore


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.


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"Tragedy, Passion and Suffering in Kierkegaard"


Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden


September 5-6, 2013



Speakers: Joseph Ballan, Jonna Bornemark, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Jan Holmgaard, Krystof Kasprzak, Jonna Hjertström Lappalainen, Anders Moe Rasmussen, Ettore Rocca, René Rosfort, Lambros Roumbanis, Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback, Anna-Karin Sehlberg, Jon Stewart, Gustaf Strandberg, Fredrik Svenaeus

Tragedy and Passion are two familiar and frequently used concepts in the Kierkegaard reception. But they are usually placed in different contexts and are therefore seldom related to each other. What happens if they are treated as two alternative concepts or ways of understanding human life? Do these two concepts work on completely different levels? Is tragedy only to be understood as an inferior way of dealing with the challenges and sufferings in human existence (for example, as an esthetic stage vs. the religious stage), or could we study the tragic as a way of deepening our understanding of passion or suffering? Could we understand the tragic as a way of dealing with suffering today? We have invited scholars from different fields to discuss these notions in relation to the philosophy of Kierkegaard.

To register, download the registration form from the homepage of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre: http://www.skc.ku.dk

Fill it out and send it to the Centre’s secretary, Bjarne Still Laurberg: bsl@sk.ku.dk
Deadline for registration July 1, 2013

For further information contact Jonna Lappalainen: jonna.lappalainen@sh.se

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"Abysmal Existence: Kierkegaard on the Negative"

Department for Culture and Society celebrates the 200th anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard’s birth with the conference "Abysmal existence – Kierkegaard on the negative.”

Aarhus University
Department for Culture and Society

August 28-30, 2013



Kierkegaard became the thinker of negativity. From the German idealists he inherited the philosophical notions of subjectivity, dialectics and the negative and applied them in critiques of the established church, theology and philistine ethos of his time. In turn, he even criticized the German idealists. Kierkegaard’s writing was in the negative. It was indirect and pseudonymous. Its subtle uses of humor, irony, comedy, satire and paradox were endless. Any straight-forward notion of truth or the good was at risk of falling victim to his dialectic attacks. In style and argument he would consistently point the reader toward the abyss of existence.

The conference intends to throw light upon the notions of human life, religion and existence that were driving the negativity in Kierkegaard’s thought. What religious or philosophical stances made the negative so central to Kierkegaard? And what potential positive notions of life were hiding in the negative? These and related questions will be addressed at the levels of subjectivity, ethics, aesthetics, religion, politics, and existence in general.

The conference presents a selection of internationally acclaimed Kierkegaard scholars and scholars of neighboring thinkers of existence and the negative.


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Further details of the conference, including schedule, registration, travel and accommodation
is available at:


Matias Møl Dalsgaard (filmmd@hum.au.dk) and Anders Moe Rasmussen (filamr@hum.au.dk)





"Exploring Kierkegaard in Minnesota"

An exhibit in Wilson Library


University Libraries

O. Meredith Wilson Library

309—19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN  55455, USA


6 May – 31 August 2013

Sunday, 5 May 2013, marked the 200th birthday of the Danish philosopher and author Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855). On this occasion of his bicentennial, the University Libraries have assembled an exhibit to honor Kierkegaard research over almost a century by several University of Minnesota scholars.


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Call for papers



Eastern APA, SKS Group Meeting

December 27-30, 2013


Baltimore, Maryland

Marriott Waterfront

Session Theme: Open, Celebrating Søren at 200!

Reading time: 20-25 minutes maximum

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2013



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International Conference: Kierkegaard in the World

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

August 16-18, 2013

“‘He was believed in the world’! This does pertain to you, does it not; it pertains to you…”

The “Kierkegaard in the World” conference, proudly presented by the Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion at Australian Catholic University and the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard’s birth by examining the ways in which the world figures in his thought, and the ways in which his thought has entered the world.

Kierkegaard’s work is rightly seen as a corrective of “worldliness,” but he is equally attuned to the necessity that the life of faith appear in the world (not in monastic retreat from it). This conference aims to explore how worldly life is transformed by Kierkegaard’s insights. How does the Kierkegaardian subject appear in the world? What about the incognito: Is it a form of strict invisibility or does its counter-worldliness paradoxically show up in the world? Kierkegaard is a thinker of transcendence, but is there a Kierkegaardian theory of immanence? The priority of subjective truth is obvious in Kierkegaard’s philosophy, but what of his theory of objective truth? How would subjective truth make its way in the world? How would it be embodied or transmitted? What implications does Kierkegaard’s thought have for political orders, cultural artefacts, communicative strategies, or the founding and perpetuation of traditions? How might Kierkegaard’s work intersect with various world religions? And how has Kierkegaard’s own thinking been translated, transmitted, and given expression in contexts across time and space?

The conference organizers are pleased to announce that “Kierkegaard in the World” will feature
keynote lectures from:

C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University)
Kevin Hart (University of Virginia/Australian Catholic University)
Daphne Hampson (Oxford University)
Charles Guignon (University of South Florida)
John Lippitt (University of Hertfordshire)


We invite papers of not more than 3,000 words that confront these and related questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Dr. Patrick Stokes (patrick.stokes@deakin.edu.au) and/or Dr. Jeffrey Hanson (Jeffrey.Hanson@acu.edu.au) no later than 1st April 2013.

Further details of the conference, including schedule, registration, travel and accommodation will be made available at www.kierkegaardintheworld.com.




International Conference


7th International Kierkegaard Conference - 2013

The Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, USA

June 23-27, 2013

Professor Bruce Kirmmse will offer the plenary address for this bicentennial celebration of Kierkegaard's birth.

Papers with a reading length of twenty minutes are invited on any topic related to Kierkegaard studies.
Commentators will also be needed.

To submit a paper proposal, or if you have questions or need information, please contact Curator and Professor Gordon Marino at marino@stolaf.edu
or Cynthia Lund at lundc@stolaf.edu

Please refer to the Hong Kierkegaard Library website for further information as it becomes available, including information on conference registration, at
Conference information is included in "Kierkegaard Library News" and "Kierkegaard Library Programs / International Conference".



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"Kierkegaard als Vordenker und Kritiker der Moderne – Kierkegaards Werk und seine Wirkungsgeschichte"

Løgumkloster, Denmark

June 19-21, 2013

Theologisch Pädagogisches Zentrum Løgumkloster und Universität Flensburg – in Zusammenarbeit mit den theologischen Fakultäten in Kopenhagen und Kiel.

Leitung: Eberhard Harbsmeier, Matthias Bauer, Markus Pohlmeyer, Arne Grøn


Anmeldung beim TPC Løgumkloster
Tel.: (+45) 74 74 32 13

Email: ebh@km.dk

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International Conference

"New Oikonomy of Relationships: Neighbour and Existential Turn

How to Philosophize after Kierkegaard?"

The 4th International Symposium of Miklavž Ocepek

In honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Søren Kierkegaard

June 12-18, 2013
Škocjan (protected under UNESCO convention), Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Seminar: Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Psychology: The Sickness unto Death

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard’s birth and of the forthcoming translation of The Sickness unto Death into Icelandic.

University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Institute of Philosophy

May 22-24, 2013


Hosted by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Iceland
Sponsored by The Nordic Network of Kierkegaard Research (NordForsk)

In cooperation with The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre (Copenhagen)

The Sickness unto Death
is scheduled to appear in Icelandic translation in late 2013, at the advent of Kierkegaard’s 200th anniversary. The work will be published by the Icelandic Literary Society, which was founded in Copenhagen in 1816. The society has previously published Kierkegaard’s Repetition and Fear and Trembling.

The goal of the seminar is to explore various themes in Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death, doubtless
one of Kierkegaard’s most systematic and philosophical works. Not only did it capture the dynamics and deep structures of consciousness, but it has also provided a grounding for subsequent philosophical analysis of imbalances and tensions within the self deriving from the conflict between the finite and the infinite, the free and the determined dimensions of human existence.


The seminar will include a session on the Icelandic theologian Magnús Eiríksson (1806-1881), one of the first critics of Kierkegaard’s philosophy.


Wednesday, May 22
Auditorium: Oddi 101
9:15-9:30 Opening Words: Vilhjálmur Árnason
Morning Session I: Psychology. Chairperson: Vilhjálmur Árnason
9:30-10:15 Keynote Speaker: Arne Grøn (University of Copenhagen), “The Subjectivity of Despair”
10:15:10:45 Discussion
10:45-11:15 Coffee/Tea Break
11:15-11:45 Claudia Welz (University of Copenhagen), “Conscience, Self-Knowledge and Self-Deception in Kierkegaard and Freud”
11:45-12:15 Tamar Aylat-Yaguri (University of Tel Aviv), “A New Conception of Self in The Sickness unto Death”
12:15-12:45 Discussion
12:45-14:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Theology. Chairperson: Jon Stewart
14:00-14:30 Roe Fremstedal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), “Kierkegaard on Despair, Hope, and Faith”
14:30-15:00 Knut Alfsvåg (School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger), “Incarnation and Offense: A Reading of The Sickness unto Death”
15:00-15:30 Discussion
15:30 Reception

Thursday, May 23
Auditorium: Oddi 101
Morning Session: Psychology. Chairperson: Róbert Haraldsson
8:45-9:30 Keynote Speaker: Sigrídur Thorgeirsdóttir (University of Iceland), “Multiple and Relational Selves in Light of Kierkegaard’s Sickness unto Death”
9:30-10:00 Discussion
10:00-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30-11:00 Edward F. Mooney (Syracuse University), “The Philosophical Psychology of Abyss and Grounding Power in Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death”
11:00-11:30 Jennifer Elisa Veninga (St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas), “Imagining Toward Wholeness: The Kierkegaardian Self and Contemporary Trauma Theory”
11:30-12:00 Discussion
12:00-12:15 Coffee/Tea Break
12:15-14:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Exegesis. Chairperson: K. Brian Söderquist
14:00-14:30 Laura Liva (Università G. D’Annunzio, Chieti), “The Demonic in The Sickness unto Death”
14:30-15:00 Jakub Marek (Charles University, Prague), “On Phantasy And Its Role In The Sickness unto Death”
15:00-15:30 Discussion
15:30-15:45 Coffee/Tea Break
15:45-16:15 Frances Maughan-Brown (Boston College), “The Thorn in the Poet’s Flesh”
16:15-16:45 Pia Søltoft (University of Copenhagen), “Self-Love and Despair”
16:45-17:15 Discussion

Friday, May 24
Auditorium: Oddi 101
Morning Session: History of Reception. Chairperson: Björn Þorsteinsson
9:00-9:30 Hans Herlof Grelland (University of Agder), “The Sickness unto Death and the Works of Henrik Ibsen”
9:30-10:00 Esben Lindemann (Professionshøjskolen UCC), “The Influence of The Sickness unto Death on Martin A. Hansen”
10:00:10:30 Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea Break
11:00-11:30 K. Brian Soderquist (University of Copenhagen), “If The Human Self Were Self-Established”
11:30-12:00 Jon Stewart (University of Copenhagen), “Kierkegaard, Hegel and the Notion of Spirit”
12:00-12:30 Discussion
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Magnus Eiríksson. Chairperson: Vilhjálmur Árnason
14:00-14:45 Panel Discussion on Magnus Eiríksson
14:45-15:15 Discussion
15:15-15:45 Coffee/Tea Break
15:45-16:15 Gerhard Schreiber (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main), “Eiríksson’s Relation to Kierkegaard Reconsidered”
16:15-16:45 Discussion
16:45-17:00 Closing Words: Vilhjálmur Árnason


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Björn Thorsteinsson (bjorntho@hi.is) and Jon Stewart (js@sk.ku.dk)








"Med Kierkegaard som anledning”

May 3, 2013


Aarhus University, Department of Education (DPU)

Campus Emdrup

Tuborgvej 164, Copenhagen NV

Room D174



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"Jornadas internacionales en conmemoración del bicentenario del nacimiento de
Søren A. Kierkegaard"


University of Grenada, Faculty of Psychology and Sociology, Spain


May 8 and May 15, 2013


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"Seducer's Diary":

A Festive Evening Celebrating 200 years since Kierkegaard’s Birth

Tel Aviv Yafo Central Library, Cultural Center



May 9, 2013



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"Kierkegaard Reconsidered in a Global World"
Jubilee Congress

May 6-8, 2013

Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen


The conference runs from Monday through Wednesday with sessions in the University premises in the inner city. Several sessions will run simultaneously and be organized both by subject and nationality. 


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Conference and Other Events


"For Søren! Kierkegaard 1813-2013"


Place: Oslo, Norway

April 12-14, 2013


I år er det 200 år siden Søren Kierkegaard ble født.
Vi markerer jubileet for filosofen, teologen og forfatteren 12.-14. april.
For Søren! er en samlet pakke av aktiviteter viet det berømte dansken.

Fondet for dansk-norsk samarbeids eiendom Lysebu i Oslo er hovedarena, men det blir også innslag på Munch-museet, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Den Norske Opera & Ballet og i Oslo Domkirke. Det blir foredrag og forfattermøter, boklansering, opera, teaterpremiere, omvisninger, kveldsmesse og debatt. Møt Trond Berg Eriksen og Vigdis Hjorth, Joakim Garff og Gro Dahle, Thor Arvid Dyrerud, Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Marius T. Mjaaland, Morten Jostad, Jon-Ove Steihaug, Inge Lønning, Øystein Røger og mange andre.

Fondet for dansk-norsk samarbeid/Lysebu og Det Norske Søren Kierkegaard Selskap i samarbeid med Munch-museet, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo Domkirke, Utdanningsforbundet, Oslo universitetssykehus Programkoordinator: Einar Solbu

Uten overnatting med alle måltider kr 1500. Med overnatting i enkeltrom og fullpensjon på Lysebu kr 2200 (i dobbeltrom kr 1800). Særskilte stipendplasser for studenter.

Påmelding skjer ved å fylle ut det enkle skjemaet på

Programmet er lagt på
www.dansk-norsk.no/kalender/Kierkegaard.html og

på Facebooksidene til Fondet og Lysebu.

For ytterligere informasjon se
www.dansk-norsk.no eller:


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Celebrating Søren Kierkegaard at 200
"Personages, Objects and Places in Kierkegaard’s Thought: Why or How They Matter"

Trinity College, University of Toronto

Combination Room
April 5-6, 2013



Professor Abrahim H. Khan
Trinity College
6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H8
416-978-3039 (Off)



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Call for Papers


The Single Individual Before Himself
International Conference
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard's birth.
April 2-4, 2013
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

"Every individual begins anew, and in the same moment he is at the place
where he should begin in history."
Søren Kierkegaard

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard's birth (1813-1855) by presenting unpublished papers examining the relevance of Kierkegaard's thought and works concerning the human being and his worth as an individual.

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Those interested should send a summary of their paper along with a CV to maria.nextle@ibero.mx no later than January 31, 2013. Papers to be read will be selected taking into consideration the pertinence of the papers and the number of participants. All presenters will receive a certificate of participation.

The conference will take place at Universidad Iberoamericana located in Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma 880, Lomas de Santa Fe, Mexico City.

Hosted by
Universidad Iberoamericana
Embassy of Denmark in Mexico
Sociedad Iberoamericana de Estudios Kierkegaardianos

Papers should be preferably submitted in Spanish.
For more information, please contact maria.nextle@ibero.mx

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Call for Papers


SLAGMARK–Journal of the History of ideas

no. 68: Søren Kierkegaard 200 years
to appear: autumn 2013


Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2013


Articles and/or questions should be directed to the editors:
Birgitte Eskildsen (eskildsen@hum.ku.dk) or Matias Møl Dalsgaard (filmmd@hum.au.dk)


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"Socratic Atopia: Kierkegaard's Idea of the Religious Author"
Organizing Institution: Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach in cooperation with the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt
Organization: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Deuser, Dr. Markus Kleinert, Dr. Marcel Lepper

Place: University of Erfurt
February 14-16, 2013

Contact: Dr. Markus Kleinert




Call for Papers

Kierkegaard's Legacies

MLA in Boston

January 3-6, 2013


In the bicentennial year of the great Danish philosopher's birth, the MLA Discussion Group on Scandinavian Languages and Literatures invites papers for the 2013 MLA in Boston (January 3-6, 2013) that consider Kierkegaard's legacy in a variety of intellectual and comparative contexts. These can include literary studies, philosophy, political science, religious studies, rhetoric, psychology and others; submissions comparative across language and historical period are particularly welcome.

Send a 250-350-word abstract to lindqvis@fas.harvard.edu by March 15; responses will be issued by April 1. Those included in the panel must become members of the MLA by April 7, 2012.




Call for Papers


Kierkegaard Circle
Conference: Personages, Objects and Places in Kierkegaard’s Thought:
Why or How They Matter?

Trinity College, University of Toronto
6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto

April 6, 2013


Papers take as point of departure literary, historical, and scholarly names and showing their relevance to Kierkegaard’s thought, by making connections with his theories or the intention of his writings. Examples of person and personages might include women in love, Don Juan, Nero, Ermeita, Emmeline, Hamann, Schopenhauer, the Wandering Jew, Lessing, Heiberg, Adler, Goldschmitt, Moller, Taciturnus, Martensen, Mynster, Beck, Spinoza, Descartes, Goethe, etc. Of course, include Kierkegaard on Kierkegaard – but which one?
Examples of objects: Kierkegaard’s writing desk, his cupboard, ring to Regina, umbrella, baggy pants, etc. Places, for example, are Berlin, Roskilde, Gribskov, Jutland. What connections can be made with them to his ideas?
Other topics are welcome.
Five presentations, each a 30 minute presentation + 10 minutes discussion
10 short presentations, each a 15 minute presentation + 5 minutes discussion
Professor Mark Kingwell (Philosophy, University of Toronto) to give open lecture

Submit tile and 150 word abstract by September 30, 2012 ( indicating long or short paper) to
Professor Abrahim H. Khan (khanah@chass.utoronto.ca)
Or Kierkegaard Circle, address above.
Conference Registration Fee: $20.
Let’s make the occasion a celebrative-fun one with our ideas. Birthday celebrations generally are. Come up with some interesting topics that you might have jokingly considered. What about SK and jokes? 123, bang! The world is round.

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The annual lecture given in memory of Julia Watkin
will take place at St. Olaf College on November 15, 2012.


The Friends of the Hong Kierkegaard Library will hold their fall meeting on the same day at 3:30 PM with dinner following at 5:15. If you wish to attend the meeting and dinner, please contact Jamie Lorentzen, Chairperson of the Friends, at jalorentzen@k12.redwing.mn.us.


November 15, 2012

The Seventh Julia Watkin Memorial Kierkegaard Lecture - 7:00 PM. Dittmann Center 305.

To be presented by Ronald M.Green, Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, on the following subject:

Inherited Sin: Kierkegaard on Guilt across Generations

Professor Green offers the following summary of his forthcoming lecture:

"In Either/Or and The Concept of Anxiety Kierkegaard endeavors to rehabilitate the Christian concept of hereditary sin. He does this by reinventing the Antigone story.

I seek to interpret Kierkegaard’s arguments and illustrate their validity by drawing on a modern fictional source, the 2010 Oscar-nominated film “Incendies,” by the Quebec director Denis Villeneuve.

With the Lebanese civil war as its focus, “Incendies” provides a vivid illustration of how sexuality can entwine with human sinfulness, perpetuate it, and perhaps even redeem it.

SPOILER WARNING: This presentation reveals the plot of this surprising film."


For further information, please contact
Gordon Marino at marino@stolaf.edu or
Cynthia Lund at lundc@stolaf.edu.








Biblioteca Kierkegaard Argentina
Instituto Universitario Isedet


VIII Jornadas Kierkegaard 2012
“Conocimiento y existencia”
8, 9 y 10 de noviembre
Camacuá 282 – Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina


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International Conference

Kierkegaard: Philosophy, Literature and the Challenges of Infinitude

Philosophy Center of the University of Lisbon

Faculty of Humanities
Translation of Kierkegaard’s Works 1838-44

October 25- 26, 2012

For further information, please contact:


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International Conference

Kierkegaard Today or The Topicality of Kierkegaard

Guadalajara, Mexico

October 11, 2012


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PhD Course: Kierkegaard in Social Theory and Modern Worklife
Copenhagen Business School

November 1-2, 2012


Course Instructors:
Camilla Sløk
Dept. of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
Jon Stewart
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen University


Course Coordinator and Contact

Camilla Sløk: cs.lpf@cbs.dk



Students enrolled in a PhD program. Prior to the course students are expected to have read the texts and should come prepared to discuss them.


Aim and content

Søren Kierkegaard is a multifaceted author who has continued to interest, provoke and intrigue thinkers from a vast range of disciplines. Regarded both as a philosopher, a theologian, a psychologist, and a literary critic and theorist, Kierkegaard created a complex authorship that defies traditional categories and simple interpretations. He was deeply interested in exploring some of the important challenges to social life and even inspired contemporary thinkers in social science such as as Lacan, Derrida, Rollo May, Bataille, etc. The reason for this inspiration is Kierkegaard’s ability to reflect on the relationship between individuality and the social. This issue is highly relevant for contemporary business and leadership theories in which individuality is a core issue for modern work life, e.g. with regard to creativity, innovation, profession, self-management, etc.


This seminar is designed to give an insight into Kierkegaard’s understanding of different forms of subjectivity human relations and interactions with a special eye towards how these ideas might be used in the context of management. While Kierkegaard is often hailed as a champion of the individual, his understanding of the individual is often related in a dialectical manner to relations with others in society or community.


The following issues will be explored:
(1) Is it possible to fully maintain one’s creativity and individuality if one conforms to the traditional rules and customs of society? Can one realize one’s full potential in a workplace that demands conformity of this kind? These issues will be examined in connection with Judge William’s response to the anonymous aesthete in Part 2 of Either/Or.
2) In modern democracies, we believe that everyone is equal and has the same rights and obligations. Kierkegaard noted that this apparently positive view turns negative when it is transformed into what he calls “leveling.” Is it possible in a work situation to respect the basic principles of fairness and equality, while at the same time to encourage talented individuals to fully develop their talent and receive recognition for it above and beyond what is given to others? This topic will be explored in connection with Kierkegaard’s A Literary Review.
3) Shakespeare says, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” But what is the proper role of the manager or leader. While some degree of professional distance seems proper, nonetheless it seems cynical to conceive of this as a sheer act. Most people expect a degree of honesty and authenticity in their basic interactions with other people, and a workplace is no exception. To what degree should one, as a manager or leader, “be oneself” and to what degree should one play a role? This issue will be explored based on a reading of Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death, where he explores different forms of what it means to be oneself.


Deadline for registration: September 17, 2012


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International Conference: Kierkegaard on Love and the Passions
August 22-24, 2012
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen
Conference venue: Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen
Købmagergade 44, aud. 7 and 11

There is no doubt that passion and love play an important role in Søren Kierkegaard's authorship. But what is love? Is it a rigorous duty, a religious commandment that makes Kierkegaard's view on love agapistic? Or is love a feeling? An overwhelming urge with a life of its own? And are feelings less worthy than reason? Is love a passion? But what is a passion? A dialectic between suffering and joy? What does it mean to Kierkegaard that God is love? And in what sense - if any - has the Platonic concept of eros shaped Kierkegaard's notion of love? It is these and many other questions regarding love and the passions that we wish to debate and discuss. Over the last decade or two there has been a focus in Kierkegaard research on Works of Love, and of course the conference should reflect the growing interest in this work, but we also wish to encourage papers concerning love and the passions in other parts of the authorship.

We invite papers of a length 30 minutes reading time.

Along with the conference The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre will also host a PhD workshop where it will be possible for PhD students to present and discuss their current work in or related to Kierkegaard's thoughts.
For those who wish to participate in the PhD workshop we invite proposals with a reading time of 20 minutes.

An abstract of 2000 characters together with a CV must in any case be sent to sec@sk.ku.dk no later than March 15, 2012




Conference: Kierkegaard and the Philosophical Traditions

Norwegian University of Science and Technology,

Faculty of Humanities, Trondheim, Norway

August 9-10, 2012

Sponsored by The Nordic Network of Kierkegaard Research (NordForsk),

in cooperation with The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre and NTNU’s Theory of Science Forum

Kierkegaard’s role as a philosopher has long been a disputed one. While he has been hailed as the forerunner of existentialism, he has also been described as a poet-philosopher and dismissed by proponents of analytic philosophy as “not a real philosopher.” But in recent years scholars have begun to reconsider many of the established views about Kierkegaard’s relation to philosophy. Today Kierkegaard is gradually making his way into central discussions in mainstream philosophy such as debates about narrative identity, ethics, religion, and philosophy of mind. At the same time he remains an important figure in historical studies of 19th-century philosophy, theology, and literature as well as in his relation to the leading figures of the existentialist movement.

This conference has as its goal to explore these various relations by opening up for studies in source-work research, history of reception, and current debates within philosophy and related fields such as theology and literature. We plan to include special sessions dedicated to the following:

Kierkegaard and Antiquity, the Patristics and the Middle Ages

Kierkegaard and Kantianism, Romanticism, and German Idealism

Kierkegaard and Danish Golden Age Philosophy, Theology, and Literature

Kierkegaard and Existentialism

Kierkegaard and Contemporary Debates

For further information contact

Roe Fremstedal (roe.fremstedal@ntnu.no) or Jon Stewart (js@sk.ku.dk)

Deadline for Registration: June 15, 2012.

Register at sec@sk.ku.dk


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Soren Kierkegaard Society of the UK Study Day 2012

This year’s study day and AGM will take place in Sheffield on Saturday May 19th from 10.30-4.00. The venue will be the Humanities Research Institute, Gell Street, Sheffield (maps and travel advice available at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel.

We are delighted to welcome two speakers this year who have both recently written highly original studies where Kierkegaard is a significant conversation partner. Marcus Pound’s Theology, Psychoanalysis and Trauma stages a conversation between Kierkegaard and Lacan which throws new light on both. Andrew Shanks’s exploration of the religious dimensions of the thought of Gillian Rose reveals the importance of Kierkegaard in her philosophical and theological development, again providing new perspectives on Kierkegaard’s work. In the afternoon, Kate Harrington and Paniel Reyes from Sheffield have kindly agreed to lead us all in reading a passage from Kierkegaard’s writings; details of the passage in question will follow. The AGM of the Society will take place at the end of the day.

There will be a nominal cost of £10 (£5 students) for the day to cover our expenses, payable on arrival by cheque or cash. Tea and coffee will be provided and there are a number of options for lunch nearby. For further information or to indicate that you intend to come, please email h.pyper@sheffield.ac.uk.




Europe, Christianity and the Encounter with Other Religions
in Kierkegaard and 19th Century Religious Thinking

Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, May 9-11, 2012
Faculty of Theology, Købmagergade 44-46, 1150 Copenhagen

The 19th Century was a dynamic period in European cultural and religious thinking since it was the time when Europe came into contact with a series of nonEuropean religions. In the wake of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign, this was the period that marked the birth of Egyptology as a science and the deciphering of the hieroglyphics. Through contact with the Ottoman Empire in Central Europe and the Balkans, Islam took on a greater importance in the European mind than ever before. British colonists researched in detail the culture and religion of India, while Friedrich von Schlegel and other German philologists translated Sanskrit texts into European languages for the first time. Studies on the ancient Persian language and religion, Zoroastrianism, also became popular during this period. Primarily through the work of missionaries in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, Europe was also introduced to Buddhism and Taoism of ancient China, but it was in the 19th century that serious scholarly work on this material first began. The spread of the Haskalah movement throughout Europe created new possibilities for the dialogue between Christian and Jewish intellectuals.

These developments raised new challenges for traditional Christian belief that was still reeling from the criticisms issued by the Enlightenment. When the importance of these other religious traditions began to be appreciated, Christianity’s absolute claim to truth seemed to be made problematic, and thinkers such as Voltaire very intentionally made use of it to undermine the authority of the Church and the clergy. Many of the major philosophers, theologians and writers of the day were profoundly influenced by this new wealth of information. Figures such as Nietzsche and Schopenhauer were eager to co-opt elements of Eastern religion in their own thinking. Voltaire, Herder, Schlegel and Hegel tried to create theories of historical and cultural development that included these other traditions. Writers such as Goethe and Montesquieu used the Oriental perspective to develop cultural criticism of European beliefs and values. The new contact with nonEuropean religions was also important for Kierkegaard and others in the Danish Golden Age, although these connections remain little explored.

This conference has as its goal to explore this fascinating encounter between Europe and nonEuropean religions during this period and the results of this encounter today. A special emphasis will be given to Kierkegaard's understanding of these religions and their meaning for Christianity's absolute claim to truth.





Wednesday, May 9


Words of Welcome
Afternoon Session: Hegel and Kierkegaard


Keynote speaker: István Czakó (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary), “Von der Ewigkeit des Geistes zur Subjektivität der Existenz: Die Unsterblichkeitsproblematik in Hegels religionsphilosophischen Vorlesungen und in Kierkegaards Climacus-Schriften”


14:00-14:20 Discussion

14:20-14:45 Coffee/Tea Break


Jon Stewart (University of Copenhagen), “Hegel’s Account of the Ancient Egyptian Religion as a Transition from Nature to Spirit”


15:15-15:30 Discussion


Jørgen Huggler (Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet), “The Interpretation of Ancient Greek Religion in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit


16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:40 Coffee/Tea Break



Curtis L. Thompson (Thiel College, USA), “The Encounter with Other Religions in Hans L. Martensen’s Theology”


17:10-17:35 Discussion

Thursday, May 10

Morning Session: Nietzsche: Buddhism and Zoroastrianism


Keynote speaker: Darío González (University of Copenhagen), “Nietzsche and the Myth of Zarathustra”


9:45-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:25 Coffee/Tea Break


Zoltán Gyenge (University of Szeged, Hungary) “Nietzsche und die Religionen (Heidentum, Buddhismus und Christentum)”


10:55-11:10 Discussion


William McDonald (University of New England, Australia), “Nietzsche’s Understanding of Buddhist Psychology with Constant Reference to Christian Psychology”


11:50-12:05 Discussion

12:05-13:30 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Islam


Sean Turchin (University of Edinburgh), “Christianity and Islam: A Martyrdom of Love”


14:00-14:15 Discussion


Ian Almond (Georgia State University), “A South Asianist’s Perspective on the Encounter with Islam in Nineteenth-Century German Thought”


14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Coffee/Tea Break


David Thomas (University of Birmingham), “The Reception of Muhammad in Nineteenth-Century England: Age-Old Attitudes and New Insights”


16:00-16:15 Discussion


Timothy Hall (The Franklin Academy, USA), “The Sanctification of History: A Catholic Historian’s Perspective of 19th-Century Encounters”


16:45-17:00 Discussion

Friday, May 11

Morning Session: Kierkegaard and Judaism


Keynote speaker: Tamar Aylat-Yaguri (Tel Aviv University), “Kierkegaard and Judaism”


9:45-10:15 Discussion

10:00-10:25 Coffee/Tea Break


Peter Šajda (Slovak Academy of Sciences), “The Evolution of Buber’s Philosophical View on Mysticism”


10:55-11:10 Discussion


Roe Fremstedal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim), “Kant on Statutory and Moral Faith, Judaism and Christianity”


11:50-12:05 Discussion

12:05-13:30 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Kierkegaard Ph.D. Panel
14:15-17:00 to be announced


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Kierkegaard’s Late Upbuilding Discourses
The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Oxford University, and University of Sheffield


Conference dates: May 4 – May 6, 2012
Conference venue: Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen
Købmagergade 44, aud. 11

This is a call for papers for the third international conference in a series of three gatherings concerning Kierkegaard’s upbuilding discourses. The first gathering took place in Oxford from April 16-18, 2010 and was focused on Kierkegaard’s early upbuilding discourses. The second was held in Sheffield from May 6-8, 2011 and had as its topic Kierkegaard’s upbuilding discourses up to 1847 including Works of Love. The third conference will take place in Copenhagen from May 4-6, 2012. This time we are concerned with Kierkegaard’s late upbuilding discourses from 1848 and onwards, and we encourage especially papers with a focus on the discourses on communion.



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Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre
, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen
Farvergade 27 D, Copenhagen


Inauguration of The Nordic Network of Kierkegaard Research
Seminar: “Kierkegaard Studies in the Nordic Countries”

Friday, December 2, 2011


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Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre
Faculty of Theology
University of Copenhagen

On the occasion of the celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard, one PhD scholarship is available from 1 September 2011 at The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Faculty of Theology, including enrollment at the University as a PhD student, and 1 “free place”.

Subject to the necessary funding, The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the Faculty of Theology hereby gives notice of one PhD scholarship available at the University of Copenhagen. The scholarship is for a period of three years and due to start 1 September 2011 ending 31 August 2014.
In addition a “free place”, which includes enrolment and the expenses involved in studying for a PhD, but does not include a salary, is available.

Applications are invited for research in all fields and subjects of Søren Kierkegaard studies. The grant of a scholarship carries with it enrollment as a PhD student in the research school at the Faculty of Theology.

Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre is an interdisciplinary institution and therefore welcomes applications from all Faculties. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or similar qualification. The Centre will give priority to applicants who have demonstrated special aptitude for scholarly work, usually in a thesis, an award-winning dissertation or publications.

Appointment to these PhD scholarships is subject to the terms of the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC. Under this agreement, a holder of a PhD scholarship is obliged to reserve for other duties a total of 840 working hours over the three-year period at the discretion of the Centre and the Faculty. The scholarship holder must also be willing to take an active part in the research activity at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, www.skc.ku.dk

The application must be submitted on a special form which can be downloaded from the Faculty’s website, www.teol.ku.dk -> English->Research-> Ph.D- programme ->Application forms. The application must be accompanied by: a certified copy of diploma of degree(s), a brief curriculum vitae and a draft outlining the program of study (with a description of the research project) If available, the following documents should also be included with the application: Master’s thesis, academic references and a list of any publications.

The draft outlining the program of study should contain (max. 6500 words) both a description of the planned research project and a realistic plan for the fulfillment of the requirements under the Ministerial Order on PhD degrees with regard to participation in courses and periods of study at other institutions. The application should also specify extraordinary financial requirements, e.g. for travel, equipment, or external expert assistance.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Applicants will be informed of the composition of the panel. Applications will be judged on the basis of both the quality and relevance of the project, and the applicant’s documented qualifications and ability to complete the PhD program within the time prescribed. Each applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him or her.

Four copies of the application and all supplementary documents are required, though only one copy of the thesis is necessary. The Faculty of Theology reserves the right to disregard incomplete applications.

Applications must reach The Faculty of Theology by noon Thursday 5 May 2011.

The Ministerial Order on PhD degrees and other relevant documents are available for download from the Faculty’s website, http://www.teol.ku.dk/english/research/phd_programme/
or may be requested from the Office of the Faculty of Theology, Købmagergade 44-46, 1150 Copenhagen K. Questions relating to this posting may be directed to Niels Christian Tolvang-Nielsen on (+45) 3532 3605 or by email to Pia Søltoft at ps@sk.ku.dk.




Call for Papers


Kierkegaard at Year Two Hundred

The Challenge of the Single Individual in the Present Age


A Special Issue of The European Legacy

Edited by Mark Cauchi and Avron Kulak


“Whatever one generation learns from another, no generation learns the essentially human from a previous one.  In this respect, each generation… has no other task than what each previous generation had, nor does it advance further….”

-Kierkegaard, from the Epilogue to Fear and Trembling


“The present age is essentially… devoid of passion, flaring up in superficial, short-lived enthusiasm and prudentially relaxing in indolence.…  [W]e must say of the present age that it is going badly.”

-Kierkegaard, from “The Present Age,” in Two Ages


This special issue of The European Legacy, to be published in 2013, is dedicated to celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Kierkegaard (1813-1855) by posing two questions: first, the relevance of his thought for, and the challenge that he directs to, the single individual in the present age; second, the challenge that the present age directs to the thought of Kierkegaard.  In light of these questions, it is worth recalling Kierkegaard’s conception both of the present age and of the single individual.  For Kierkegaard, because all generations share the same task, each age, and each individual in each age, is like every other in that they must take upon themselves, singularly and distinctly, the tasks of their time.  The present age thus encompasses the history in which single individuals respond to the issues and debates that distinguish their time by establishing as its most fundamental priority what Kierkegaard calls, in Fear and Trembling, the essentially human – what he also calls faith, love, the neighbor, God: the absolute relation to the absolute.  Yet, according to Kierkegaard, the present age and the single individual are characterized by their already having shunned their essentially human task, by their being divided against themselves, alienated from themselves, in their superficiality and indolence.  The present age, for Kierkegaard, is thus an age of despair in which the single individual who goes badly must engage in what he describes as the task of coming historically into existence as the genuine contemporary – the task of loving God and neighbor.

How, then, do we assess the pertinence today of Kierkegaard’s assessment of and prescription for the present age – both his own and ours?  From what standpoint do we even pose the question of the relevance of Kierkegaard at year two hundred?  In asking about the ways in which Kierkegaard’s thought challenges us today, must we not also ask about the ways in which, or the principles in light of which, we respond to Kierkegaard?  At issue is what it would mean, today, to be a genuine contemporary – of Kierkegaard, of the present age, of ourselves.

For this special issue of The European Legacy we invite contributions on a wide range of issues that examine the implications of Kierkegaard’s thought for debates, issues, and questions that are central to the challenge of the single individual in the present age.  Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        the relationship between Kierkegaard’s critique of the present age and contemporary critics of the present age;

·        the relationship between Kierkegaard’s concept of single individuality and contemporary questions of pluralism, cosmopolitanism, and globalization;

·        the relationship between, on the one hand, what Kierkegaard explicates as Christian ideals, concepts, and values, and, for example, on the other hand, deconstructive, postmodern, feminist, and LGBTQ approaches to the problems of the present age;

·        the relationship between the religious and the secular, between the divine and the human, between faith and reason;

·        the relationship between ethics and divine command;

·        the relationship between art and the indirect communications of the religious imagination;

·        the relationship between truth as subjectivity and truth as alterity.




·        Proposals of one single-spaced page in length should be submitted either to Mark Cauchi (mcauchi@yorku.ca) or to Avron Kulak (akulak@yorku.ca) by January 1, 2012

·        Authors will be informed about the status of their proposals by March 1, 2012.

·        Final drafts of essays – 6000 words in length, not including footnotes – will be due on September 1, 2012.

·        Suggestions for revisions will be made, where necessary, by November 30, 2012.

·        Final revised essays will be expected within two months of authors having received suggestions for revisions.




Call for Papers
Acta Kierkegaardiana VI: Kierkegaard and Human Nature

One of the key charges Kierkegaard makes against “Hegel,” “Hegelians,” “objectivists,” and “speculative thinkers” is that their views are deficient with respect to our natures as human beings. Specifically, the above views are said to leave us wanting with regards to our natures as creatures subject to: “existence,” “actuality,” and “the ethical.” Yet, Kierkegaard’s alternative conception of human nature is not immediately evident from his writings.

Indeed, throughout the history of Kierkegaard’s reception, commentators have differed markedly when it comes to the question of his view of human nature. From those who gave him the label "the father of existentialism," and widely took him to hold man to have no nature at all other than what he makes for himself, to those that have taken him to hold a realist, atomistic, and essentialist view of the theological nature of human beings.

The question of Kierkegaard’s conception of human nature is brought to the fore by recent historical work, which suggests that Kierkegaard’s views are essentially related to his immediate intellectual, cultural, and theological context. Key in this respect is the question of whether Kierkegaard’s work contains a conception of human nature separable from his Christian theological motivations, commitments, and agenda. Can a purely philosophical, naturalistic, and secular conception of human nature be found in his work, and if so just how far can it get us in explaining his ideas? (The figures of Socrates, and the pagan philosophers, would seem to suggest the presence of such a conception, but is the matter so clear cut?) Or is Kierkegaard’s conception of human nature theological ‘all the way down’?

The aims of this volume are: to attempt to bring clarity to Kierkegaard’s conception of human nature; to outline his views on this front; and to determine, as far as possible, the nature of human nature in Kierkegaard’s thought. This, it is hoped, will make a lasting contribution to the continuing debate about the nature, significance, and legacy of Kierkegaard’s thought and work to our own self-understanding.

The deadline for submissions will be the 1st of December 2011.

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Call for papers at American Academy of Religion (AAR)
"Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group"

November 19-22, 2011, San Francisco, California, USA


This Group invites proposals for three sessions on the following topics:

Kierkegaard, the religious imagination, and esthetics — throughout his authorship, Kierkegaard distinguishes rigorously between the religious and the esthetic. Yet he also holds that all religious speech, including that of the Bible, is metaphorical. We invite proposals that respond to the question of whether a proper esthetics can be developed in light of what Kierkegaard understands as the religious imagination

Christology and Kierkegaard — for a possible cosponsored session with the Christian Systematic Theology Section (please submit proposals to both units)

Faith and knowledge in Kierkegaard — are faith and knowledge mutually exclusive for Kierkegaard? If there is religious knowledge, how is it related to knowledge generally? How is the quest for knowledge linked to personal transformation for Kierkegaard? For a possible cosponsored session with the Philosophy of Religion Section

Adjudication is by a process of blind review.


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Jornadas Iberoamericanas de Estudios Kierkegaardiano 

Biblioteca Kierkegaard Argentina

Instituto Universitario Isedet



3 – 5 noviembre 2011

Camacuá 282 - Buenos Aires




- Sociedad Iberoamericana de Estudios Kierkegaardianos  (México)

- Sociedad Hispánica de Amigos de Kierkegaard (España)

- Sociedade Brasileia de Estudos de Kierkegaard (Brasil)

- Biblioteca Kierkegaard Argentina

- Instituto Universitario ISEDET

- Ciafic - Centro de Investigaciones en Antropología Filosófica y Cultural





a cargo de  José García Martín, Álvaro M. Valls y María J. Binetti


17:00 - Mesa I

Coordina:  Ana Fioravanti

- Élodie GONTIER – Francia (Universidad de la Sorbona - París)

  Existencia y praxis: una reflexion fenomenológica entre Kierkegaard y Patočka

- José GARCÍA MARTÍN – España (Universidad de Málaga – SHAK)

  El problema del tiempo: a propósito de Kierkegaard y Heidegger


18:00 - Mesa 2

Coordina: Nassim Bravo Jordán

- Gabriel ROSSATTI – Brasil (Univ. Federal de Santa Catarina)

  Søren Kierkegaard y el problema del nihilismo

- Matías TAPIA WENDE – Chile (Universidad de Chile)

  Acerca del pensamiento que retrocede para avanzar: un alcance 

kierkergaardiano en la filosofía de Martín Heidegger




10:00 - Mesa 1

Coordina: María J. Binetti

-  Samir ALARBID – Venezuela (Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta)

   El hombre de hoy desde el concepto de existencia en Søren Kierkegaard

- Fabián ALLEGRO – Argentina (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

  Una mosca, cuando existe, tiene tanto ser como Dios:

A propósito de una nota al pie de página sobre Spinoza


11:30 – Mesa 2

Coordina: Pablo Uriel Rodríguez

- Cristian BENAVIDES – Argentina (Universidad de Cuyo - CONICET)

   El pensar metafórico de Kierkegaard sobre la libertad como enfermedad mortal

- Inácio PINZETTA – Brasil (Universidad Unisinos)

  Caída y edificación del hombre. Kierkegaard, Hegel y Schelling


13:00 - Almuerzo


15:00 – Mesa 3

Coordina: Oscar Cuervo

- Alicia BENJAMIN – Argentina (Universidad John F. Kennedy)

   Kierkegaard y la clínica de  lo demoníaco

- Ana FIORAVANTI – Argentina (Biblioteca Kierkegaard Argentina)

  Kierkegaard y la religión,  Simone Weil y Raymond Panikkar


16:00 – Mesa 4

Coordina: Alvaro M. Valls


  Ley y libertad en el último paso de Kierkegaard

- Guadalupe PARDI – Argentina (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

  La contemporaneidad de Kierkegaard: existencia, individuo y comunicación indirecta

- Oscar CUERVO – Argentina (Universidad de Buenos Aires - BKA)

  La vida verdadera: Sócrates, Diógenes, Kierkegaard y Foucault


17:30 – Mesa 5

Coordina: Guadalupe Pardi

- Nassim BRAVO JORDÁN – México (U. N. Autónoma de México)

  El Sócrates hegeliano y el Sócrates kierkegaardiano en “El concepto de ironía”

- Álvaro MONTENEGRO VALLS – Brasil (Unisinos)

  Kierkegaard en la Sorbonne. Notas sobre los trabajos de Hélène Politis



Presentación de Los primeros Diarios. 1834-1837, vol. I, traducido por María J. Binetti, Universidad Iberoamericana, México, 2011.

Panelistas: Nassim Bravo Jordán – Eduardo Fernández Villar




10:00 – Mesa 1

Coordina: Gabriel Rossatti

-  María Sol RUFINER – Argentina (Universidad Católica Argentina)

   El problema de la Cristiandad hoy: análisis de Retorno a Brideshead de Evelyn Waugh desde el problema del devenir cristiano

- Thiago FARÍA – Brasil (Pontificia Univ. Católica de Río de Janeiro)

   Misericordia, una obra del amor


11:30 – CIERRE

Conferencia a cargo de la Dra. Elisabete DE SOUSA

(Universidad de Lisboa - Portugal)

Harold Bloom y Søren Kierkegaard: influencias y angustias








Conference: Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self
University of Hertfordshire, 4-5 November 2011


Narrative accounts of selfhood have been a major, if heavily contested, feature of personal identity theory in the last quarter-century, driven by the work of thinkers as diverse as MacIntyre, Ricoeur, Schechtman, Dennett and Velleman. In the last decade, it has further been claimed that Kierkegaard (despite MacIntyre's controversial reading of him in After Virtue) also holds a narrativist conception of the self - and that his work holds valuable resources for getting to grips with the normative dimensions of narrative identity. However, Kierkegaard's work also brings some of the serious questions about narrative identity into stark focus:

What makes the attainment of narrative identity normative?
Do selves exist prior to their narration?
How can the narrative self be something we both are and are ethically enjoined to become?
How can we understand our lives as a narrative when the ending of our story - our death - is necessarily unknown to us?
Are metaphysically realist or anti-realist versions of the narrative selfhood hypothesis more tenable - and what of the claim that practical and metaphysical identity cannot be separated at all?
Are narrative conceptions of self consistent with any strong form of free will?

This conference, organised under the auspices of the EU-funded FP7 project Selves In Time aims to address some of these problems both within Kierkegaard Studies and within the broader debate on narrative selfhood. Confirmed speakers are:

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Colloquium Series, Fall 2011
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen
Thursdays, 13:00-15:00
All talks will take place at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Farvergade 27 D.
Everyone is welcome to attend


Thursday, September 15th
Maria J. Binetti (Conicet–Argentina): “Kierkegaard as Idealist”

As a subject of inquiry, Kierkegaard offers many possibilities, perspectives, and levels. He is a singular existent, and as such, concrete and actual. He is a writer, and as a writer, a Romantic poet. He is a believer, and so a Christian theologian. He is a thinker, and therefore, an idealist. Why, as philosopher, Kierkegaard would be an idealist? Because he thinks the self is the first principle of the actuality; freedom is the foundation; and the eternal Idea is constitutive of the totality. Because, for him, the actual moves to itself through the dialectics of its own negation, and therefore, any affirmation of the unity repeats the contradiction of the other. Finally, Kierkegaard is an idealist thinker because the Absolute is neither the one nor the other, but the third term of its own reduplication.

Thursday, September 22nd
David Possen (Yale University): “The Secret of Fear and Trembling”

There are numerous indications that Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling is a text with a hidden message that readers are expected to discern for themselves. Commentators largely agree that the book bears such a message, but disagree about what its content might be. My paper proposes an innovative reading focused on the figure of Isaac. On my account, Fear and Trembling prompts its ideal reader to identify with Isaac—and so to discern, in a way that the book’s own pseudonymous author does not, the personal significance of Abraham’s enigmatic words: “God will provide the lamb for the sacrifice, my son.”

Thursday, September 29th
Stine Zink Kaasgaard (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre):
“Opening to an Authorship, the Plurality Begins”

In some ways Kierkegaard’s authorship may be said to begin with Either/Or, which is also one of his best-known works. Many know such loose quotations from it as “Marry or marry not, you will regret either way” and “only the truth which is upbuilding is truth to you.” A common reading of this work is to strongly emphasize the aesthetic character of A (purportedly the author of the first half of the book) as purely aesthetic, and indeed to read A as he is presented through the eyes of B or Judge William in the second half of the work. In this manner it would appear to be a work which falls into an indirect criticism of some mainly Romantic features. My intention is to suggest a way of reading Either/Or which allows for a broader understanding of what this work entails. We will focus on the very beginning of the work, with the introduction by the pseudonym Victor Eremita, and the first part of A’s papers entitled “Diapsalmata,” and through these short pieces of text discuss the way in which the plurality of Kierkegaard’s authorship begins.

Thursday, October 13th
Antonella Fimiani (University of Salerno): “In the Flesh of Existence. Feminine, Otherness and Desire in Kierkegaard”

The aim of this paper is to reconstruct the theoretical role played by desire in Kierkegaardian thought. The theme of desire is analyzed starting from its indissoluble link with the feminine. The aim is to restore a more authentic and fertile dimension to the philosopher’s thought, with the intention of freeing the thinker from a line of reading which for too long has pigeonholed him as a precursor to existentialism or a Hegelian. Far removed from the feminist debate of the time, Kierkegaard was among the first to take into consideration the ontological range of the male-female relationship and to reflect on it from a personal and subjective viewpoint rather than on the abstract and impersonal plane. Desire, in its sensual and spiritual form, is probed and placed under the spotlight through pseudonyms. Reflection on the sexes is adopted as an integral part of subjective experience.

Thursday, October 20th
Sophie Wennerscheid (Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster): “Kierkegaard, Zizek and Badiou on the Politics of Truth”

In my talk I want to point out how and why Kierkegaard’s thoughts today are made topical by contemporary political theorists like Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou. Comparing Kierkegaard’s concept of the single individual and the leap of faith with Zizek’s and Badiou’s concept of decision that “follows its inherent necessity, disregarding all opportunistic considerations” (Badiou), we will discuss the political impact of Kierkegaard’s religious thinking as well as the religious dimension of today’s “politics of truth.”

Thursday, October 27th
Trine Amalie Fog Christiansen (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre): “The Silence of Abraham and the Word of God—the Trial of the Akedah in Fear and Trembling”

Proposed as “Dialectical Lyric” the pseudonymous work Fear and Trembling by Johannes de Silentio is a—highly imaginative—retelling of the biblical narrative of Abraham’s response to the divine command to sacrifice his son, Isaac. This paper will be a reading of the story of Abraham, or perhaps better, a reading of the readings presented in Fear and Trembling and selected Midrashic teachings. The worried voices of these Midrashic teachings, disturbed by God’s ethically indefensible demand, emphasize the absurdity underlying a narrative that is often praised in Judaism, Islam and Christianity for its portrayal of faithful obedience. Attentive to the disturbing implications of the divine command to slaughter a child, our reading will suggest that a threefold test is at stake in Fear and Trembling. All three trials are radicalized by the absurdity that, in our reading, remains unresolved and thus keeps alive the fear and trembling.

Thursday, November 17th
Mads Sohl Jessen (Society for Danish Language and Literature, Copenhagen): “The Relation between Heiberg and Kierkegaard”

This talk will highlight Kierkegaard’s complex relations to Johan Ludvig Heiberg with specific regard to Repetition from October 1843. In the history of reception this work has never been related to Kierkegaard’s wish to polemicize against Heiberg. But Heiberg in fact conducted a hidden polemic against Kierkegaard in the summer of 1843 in his journal Intelligensblade, and Repetition can in fact be read as Kierkegaard’s hidden reply to Heiberg. The talk will present these perspectives, thereby emphasizing Kierkegaard as a brilliant and subtle literary satirist.

Thursday, December 1st
Esben Lindemann: “Kierkegaard’s Pedagogy”
In contemporary literature on pedagogy one rarely recognizes references to the work of Kierkegaard, but in fact Kierkegaard can be said to anticipate many of these contemporary theories. This paper discusses why Kierkegaard’s connection to modern pedagogy has not always been adequately appreciated. Through a discussion of concepts such as childhood, teacher, sympathy and empathy it seeks to establish a dialogue between Kierkegaard and modern theories on pedagogy.



I Jornadas Iberoamericanas de Estudios Kierkegaardianos

La Contemporaneidad de Kierkagaard

3-5 noviembre 2011
Camacuá 282 - Buenos Aires

The topic of this conference will be Kierkegaard’s influence on the contemporary age. It will take place in Buenos Aires (November 3-5, 2011). This will be the first time that all of the Iberoamerican societies (México, Brazil, Argentina and Spain) will organize a conference on Kierkegaard.

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Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self

University of Hertfordshire
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2011

Narrative accounts of selfhood have been a major, if heavily contested, feature of personal identity theory in the last quarter-century, driven by the work of thinkers as diverse as MacIntyre, Ricoeur, Schechtman, Dennett and Velleman. In the last decade, it has further been claimed that Kierkegaard (despite MacIntyre's controversial reading of him in After Virtue) also holds a narrativist conception of the self - and that his work holds valuable resources for getting to grips with the normative dimensions of narrative identity. However, Kierkegaard's work also brings some serious questions about narrative identity into stark focus, which this conference aims to explore


Plenary speakers:
 *   Kathy Behrendt (Wilfred Laurier University)
 *   John J. Davenport (Fordham University)
 *   John Lippitt (University of Hertfordshire)
 *   George Pattison (University of Oxford)
 *   Anthony Rudd (St Olaf College)
 *   Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois at Chicago)

*   Patrick Stokes (University of Hertfordshire)


Parallel session speakers:
 *   Jeremy Allen (Fordham University)
 *   Roman Altshuler (SUNY Stonybrook/Marymount Manhattan)
 *   Bojan Blagojevic (University of Niš)
 *   Daniel Conway (Texas A&M)
 *   Matias Møl Dalsgaard (University of Aarhus)
 *   Alfonso Munoz Corcuera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
 *   Thomas Grimwood (University of Lancaster)
 *   Lisa Grover (University of the Witwatersrand)
 *   Jeffrey Hanson (Australian Catholic University)
 *   Leslie Howe (University of Saskatchewan)
 *   Laura Llevadot (University of Barcelona)
 *   Michael J. Sigrist (George Washington University)
 *   Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)

*   Walter Wietzke (Fordham University)


Registration is £50 or £30 student/unwaged

Single day registration is £25/£15


The conference programme, registration form and practical details can be found at 
To register, please complete and return the registration form to 

by email by Monday 31st October 2011




Faith and Self-Deception
Tel Aviv University, Philosophy Department
9-10 November 2011

The existential challenge of attaining and preserving faith is as difficult today as ever before, and perhaps even more so in a rational, scientifically-oriented oriented culture. Yet the means by which a believer can defy his/her self-deceptions have not changed much since Kierkegaard's era. The conference aims to present Kierkegaardian notions of a believer's answers to the existentially haunting questions of faith and self-deception.

Why wasn't Abraham concerned that he might be mad when he heard the voices that ordered him to sacrifice his son? Why did not Job curse God when his suffering was unbearable? Why does a believer nullify his objective cognition in the face of a non-factual unknown? Why in his deepest suffering does the believer stay loyal to his non-reciprocal relationship with God? Why subordinate rational immanence to metaphysical transcendent perception? In other words: How does a believer handle the possibility that he errs? How does he/she tackle self doubt, the possibility that his/her faith is merely a form of self-deception?

Kierkegaard explores answers to these and related questions. The conference will examine and elaborate on these answers and questions.

For further information contact:
Tamar Aylat-Yaguri:

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Søren Kierkegaard y su crítica al orden establecido

Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México
7-8 September 2011

Los días 7 y 8 de septiembre de este 2011, en la Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México, se llevará a cabo el Coloquio: Søren Kierkegaard y su crítica al orden establecido. El propósito de este evento es poder hacer una breve revisión de la crítica propositiva que Kierkegaard realizó en los ámbitos social, filosófico y religioso, y cómo dicha crítica puede seguir teniendo actualidad en nuestra época. El coloquio estará organizado en mesas de discusión sobre cada uno de los ámbitos de su crítica.

Contact person: Luis Guerrero: luis.guerrero@uia.mx

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The 3rd Annual Bergen Educational Conversation: Existentialism and Education
University of Bergen, Norwegian Teacher Academy, Bergen National Academy of the Arts,
and Bergen
University College
21-22 September 2011

Educational challenges in the light of existentialism will be the central issue of this year’s ‘Bergen Educational Conversation.’ Back to Kierkegaard’s time, and right up to our time, existentialism represents a critique of placing the individual into a system, as we in our day institutionalise students for example. According to an existential thinker, any institutionalisation is a way to deprive the individual’s uniqueness. Thus existential education is something completely different from education as socialisation or cultivation where the individual is supposed to become part of something that is already established.

Existential education, on the other hand, deals with issues about attitudes to life, ways of living, freedom, responsibility, meaning, choice, values, and the like. Attention to these existential matters in education is not common. Instead there is a substantial body of educational work on the qualification function of education, where the idea is that students shall qualify for something specific, be it a subject, a profession, or the like. And there is a substantial body of educational work that focuses on the socialisation function of education aiming at the insertion of individuals into existing social, cultural, political and other ‘orders.’

From Kierkegaard, Levinas and others we have been aware of a deep moral betrayal in relation to having responsibility for the other. Even today’s schools strengthen, through specific pedagogical practices, the students’ egocentricity and lack of responsible actions. Often we see that education is largely directed at self-gain, freedom and individual rights, which occurs at the cost of others. Against this perspective, which is about cultivating oneself in a competitive way, we wish to focus on existential matters and existential achievements where one meet one’s fellow human beings with kindness and responsibility. In this way we open for an existential education that stands in opposition to a type of education that undermines the importance of the other. All in all, we hope that this symposium will lead to a renewed appreciation of existential education.

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Research Seminar, August 24-26, 2011
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen

The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre will hold its annual Research Seminar from August 24-26, 2011 in Copenhagen. The topic of the seminar will be "Challenges to Religion and Its Later Echoes: Kierkegaard’s Diagnosis and Response." All interested parties are welcome. Registration is required. To register,  please contact

Bjarne Still Laurberg
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre
Att: August Seminar 2011
Farvergade 27 D 1
1463 Copenhagen K

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Call for Papers
Research Seminar, August 24-26, 2011
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen

Challenges to Religion and Its Later Echoes:
Kierkegaard’s Diagnosis and Response

Søren Kierkegaard was educated in a period when the Hegel schools were struggling with each other over the proper interpretation of Hegel’s philosophy of religion and its implications for Christian faith. The discussions concerned a number of key doctrines: the immortality of the soul, the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, the Incarnation, etc. While the right Hegelians believed that Hegel’s thought could ultimately be reconciled with orthodox Christianity and could indeed serve as a defense of it against the criticisms of Enlightenment skepticism, the left Hegelians took Hegel to be undermining religion by showing it to be simply another product of human cultural development. Although these discussions were at their height in the 1830s and 1840s, the challenges that Hegel’s philosophy of religion addressed remained central to the development of philosophical and religious thinking throughout the 20th century, and indeed many of the key issues are still with us today.

The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre invites papers that address Kierkegaard’s diagnosis and response to these discussions, broadly conceived. Papers can represent either source-work research, addressing Kierkegaard’s use of these figures and discussions as sources of his own thought, or history of reception, tracing these issues in the work of later philosophers and theologians or addressing how some of these critical discussions are still being played out today. Papers should have a reading time of circa 30 minutes.

The Centre also invites papers for advanced Ph.D. students writing on any topic in Kierkegaard studies. For both the Ph.D. panel and the regular papers, please submit a 1-page abstract and a current cv to the Søren Kierkegaard Research Seminar at the address listed below.

The deadline for submissions of proposals for papers is March 27, 2011.

The conference languages are English and German.

Bjarne Still Laurberg

Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre
Att: August Seminar 2011

Farvergade 27 D 1
1463 Copenhagen K






Announcement and Call for Papers
Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook and Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series

It is our pleasure to announce that the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook and Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series will now be continuing publication with a new editorial staff and a somewhat revised profile. Both series will continue to be published by De Gruyter, and both will continue to be official publications of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre. Both series will be available in book and electronic form.

Starting from 2011 the coeditors of the series will be Heiko Schulz (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main), Jon Stewart (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen) and Karl Verstrynge (Vrije Universiteit Brussels). The editorial secretary will be Peter Šajda (Slovak Academy of Sciences). The editors will be assisted by an international advisory board consisting of the following members: Lee C. Barrett (Lancaster Theological Seminary), István Czakó (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), Joakim Garff (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen), Darío González (University of Copenhagen), Markus Kleinert (Universität Erfurt), Darya Loungina (Moscow State University), Gerhard Schreiber (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main), Pia Søltoft (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen), Patrick Stokes (University of Hertfordshire), Johan Taels (University of Antwerp), and Michael Tilley (Georgetown College).

The goal of these series is to advance Kierkegaard studies by encouraging top-level scholarship in the field. Moreover, the editorial and advisory boards are deeply committed to creating a genuinely international forum for publication which integrates the many different traditions of Kierkegaard studies and brings them into a constructive and fruitful dialogue. To this end both series will publish works in English, French and German. We wish to extend a special invitation to the Francophone Kierkegaard community to submit articles and monographs to these series since we are particularly keen to come into dialogue with this rich tradition of Kierkegaard studies.

With regard to the change in profile, the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook will from now on be an open submission journal. Potential authors should consult the homepage and carefully follow the guidelines for submissions at the De Gruyter homepage. All submissions should be sent to the editorial secretary Peter Šajda at the following e-mail address: kierkegaardstudiesyearbook@yahoo.com.

All submissions will be blindly refereed by established scholars in the field. Only the very best papers will be accepted for publication. Potential authors should be prepared to make changes to their texts based on the comments received by the referees.

Traditionally the material for the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook has been taken from the lectures given at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre’s annual Research Seminar, held each year in August. This had the advantage of, among other things, giving each issue a clear thematic unity. We wish to continue this practice of using the Research Seminar as a source of articles, but with the qualification that the papers must also be submitted for blind review (just like the other submissions).

The deadline for submissions for the 2011 issue of the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook is March 30, 2011. (Please make sure that your submission is in conformity with the guidelines since if it is not, this will negatively effect the referee’s assessment of your paper.)





Call for Papers
Società Italiana per gli Studi Kierkegaardiani
Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
21 maggio 2011

In occasione del Convegno intitolato "Comunicare il cristianesimo nell'Europa del Novecento", che si terrà presso l’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia il 19-20 maggio 2011, la Società Italiana per gli Studi Kierkegaardiani organizza una giornata di studi, nella forma del workshop, a cui sono invitati a partecipare sia coloro che sono già soci della SISK, sia coloro che prevedono di iscriversi alla Società.

Scopo dell’incontro è principalmente quello di dare voce a giovani studiosi e ricercatori che abbiano trattato o che stiano lavorando sulla figura di Kierkegaard, con l’intento di favorire una loro attiva partecipazione alle attività della Società, il cui obiettivo primario è quello di diffondere il pensiero di Kierkegaard in Italia, creando al contempo una rete di scambi internazionali sia con la Danimarca che con le istituzioni culturali che promuovono attività di ricerca connesse allo studio di questo filosofo.

Si bandisce pertanto un "Call for Papers" destinato a neolaureati, dottorandi e studiosi in genere, che vogliano esporre in una breve relazione lo stato delle loro ricerche, o proporre nuovi contributi che abbiano il requisito dell’originalità. Per tale ragione non viene data preferenza ad alcuna tematica specifica, ma si intende invece stimolare una partecipazione, anche interdisciplinare, quanto più larga possibile. I contributi possono vertere su un ampio ventaglio di argomenti, come l’analisi critica dell’opera di Kierkegaard, lo studio di concetti, le interpretazioni, la ricezione e influenza del suo pensiero sulla cultura contemporanea, il problema delle traduzioni o la comparazione con altri autori.

Saranno accettati dai 6 agli 8 contributi, che verranno successivamente pubblicati in volume per i tipi della Orthotes Editrice (
www.orthotes.com) nella collana di “studi kierkegaardiani” che sarà inaugurata con questo volume. Il relatore si impegna a presentare (20 minuti) e discutere (10 minuti) il proprio lavoro in occasione del workshop, e a consegnarlo in forma di articolo definitivo entro e non oltre il mese successivo alla conclusione dei lavori.

Tutti i contributi saranno sottoposti a referaggio.

Le relazioni accettate per la discussione (articoli provvisori) vanno inviate in formato elettronico al Segretario della SISK, Diego Giordano:
digiordano@gmail.com entro e non oltre mercoledì 20 aprile 2011.

È condizione di partecipazione l’iscrizione alla Società Italiana per gli Studi Kierkegaardiani (

Il workshop si svolgerà nella mattinata di sabato 21 maggio 2011, con inizio fissato per le ore 9, presso l’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. Al termine dei lavori seguirà l’Assemblea annuale della Società Italiana per gli Studi Kierkegaardiani.

Sia coloro che sono interessati a partecipare al workshop con proposte di lavoro, che coloro che vogliono assistervi, devono inviare formale richiesta al seguente indirizzo:
Per ulteriori notizie e aggiornamenti del programma di lavoro si prega di visitare il sito
Si prega altresì di diffondere la notizia.




Call for Papers


Conference: Kierkegaard's 1847 Discourses
This year's annual conference on Kierkegaard's 1847 Discourses will be held from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2011 at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.

This conference explores Kierkegaard's Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits and Works of Love and follows last year's conference on Kierkegaard's Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses at the University of Oxford. It is the second of a trilogy of conferences which culminates in the 2012 conference at the University of Copenhagen on Kierkegaard's last discourses.

The fee for the conference is £50/£25 waged/unwaged. Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accomodation but a useful list of hotels is attached to this message. To book a place on the conference please email:

The deadline for the Call for Papers is 28 February 2011. Short papers are invited on the topic of Kierkegaard's 1847 Discourses. To submit a paper proposal or to discuss a proposal please contact Professor Hugh Pyper:
or to Simon D. Podmore:

For further details please contact Dr Simon D. Podmore
Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College & British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford



Conference on “Religion and Irrationality. Historical and Systematical Perspectives from Kant to Adorno”
May 19-23, 2011
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main/Germany

The Department of Systematic Theology at Goethe University cordially invites you to its International Conference on “Religion and Irrationality. Historical and Systematical Perspectives from Kant to Adorno,” scheduled to take place at

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main/Germany
Campus Westend – Nebengebäude NG 1.701
Thursday-Saturday, May 19-23, 2011.

Attached you will find a program. To register for the conference as well as
for further information about program and other material, we invite you to
visit our website: http://www.evtheol.uni-frankfurt.de/st/irrationalism


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Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Pacific APA
April 20-23, 2011, San Diego, California, USA
Session Title: Kierkegaard, Subjectivity, and Love
Chair: George Connell (Concordia College)

1. Brock Bahler (Duquesne), "Kierkegaard’s “Greatness”: Human Subjectivity as an Ordinary Impossibility"
2. Michael Strawser (University of Central Flordia), "Deliberating on Love and Sin"
3. Mark Alznauer (Northwestern), "Kierkegaard and Hegel on the Inner-Outer Problem"
Comments: Shannon Nason (Loyola Marymount)

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Hegel-Kierkegaard Seminar
May 5, 2011
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen
Trin 62, Købmagergade 50, opgang C

Kierkegaard’s relation to Hegel is one of the most disputed issues in Kierkegaard studies today. Traditionally it was often argued that Kierkegaard was the absolute philosophical antipode to Hegel, criticizing anything and everything that had the slightest hint of Hegelianism. But more recently this view has been criticized, with some scholars even going so far as to argue that Kierkegaard was a Hegelian with respect to certain issues. In particular the young Kierkegaard seems to have been influenced in important ways by a number of different Hegel texts. This issue is further complicated by Kierkegaard’s complex relation to the leading figures of the Danish Hegelian movement: Heiberg, Martensen, Adler and Nielsen. At the seminar on occasion of Kierkegaard's birthday on May 5, these issues will be taken up anew and discussed by leading scholars in the field of Kierkegaard research.


Morning Session: Chairperson: Jon Stewart
9:15-9:30 Opening Words: Pia Søltoft
9:30-10:10 Paul Cruysberghs (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven): “ ‘Geist/Aand’: Freedom,
Disclosure, Enclosed Reserve, and Otherness: To What Degree is Kierkegaard’s
‘Aand’ not a Hegelian ‘Geist’?”
10:10-10:30 Discussion
10:30-11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11:00-11:40 Anders Moe Rasmussen (University of Aarhus): “Hegel and Kierkegaard on Freedom”
11:40-12:00 Discussion
12:00-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session: Chairperson: Pia Søltoft
13:30-14:10 Diego Giordano (Ph.d student): “Philosophy of History and Revelation: Some Historical Considerations”
14:10-14:30 Discussion
14:30-15:00 Tea/Coffee Break
15:00-16:00 Panel Discussion I: Hegel in The Concept of Irony
15:00-15:20 Jon Stewart (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre): “Hegel’s Historical Methodology in The Concept of Irony
15:20-15:40 Mads Sohl Jessen (University of Copenhagen): “Kierkegaard's hidden Polemics against

the Danish Hegelians in The Concept of Irony
15:40-16:00 Discussion
16:00-16:20 Tea/Coffee Break
16:20-17:20 Panel Discussion II: Hegel in The Concept of Irony
16:20-16:40 K. Brian Söderquist (DIS and Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre): “Friend or Foe: The Pictures of Hegel in The Concept to Irony
16:40-17:00 Nassim Bravo (Ph.d student): “The Kierkegaardian and the Hegelian Socrates"
17:00-17:20 Discussion
17:20 Final Words: Pia Søltoft


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The Kierkegaard Circle
Trinity College, University of Toronto

Friday, April 8, 2011, 7:30 pm –10:00 pm

Place: Combination Room
Trinity College, University of Toronto
6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto

Topic: Alterity in Kierkegaard's Thought
Speaker: Dr. Leo Stan, Department of Philosophy, Brock University
Inquiry: Professor Abrahim H. Khan
Tel. 416 978-3039 (O), 416 978-2133(off. asst)
Trinity College, University of Toronto
E-mail: khanah@chass.utoronto.ca

Leo Stan (Ph.D, McMaster) lectures in the Philosophy Department at Brock University. He worked on Kierkegaard's relevance for contemporary phenomenology of religion, with a special emphasis on Jean-Luc Marion and Michel Henry, while a recent SSHRCC fellow at the Center for Theory & Criticism, UWO. His publications include “The Hidden Ethics of Soteriology" (Journal of Religious Ethics 38.2, June 2010: 349-370); “The Lily in the Field and the Bird in the Air: An Endless Liturgy in Kierkegaard’s Authorship,” (Kierkegaard and the Bible. Tome II: The New Testament, Lee C. Barrett (ed.), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, 55-78); “Modernity and Christian Offensiveness. An Ongoing Scandal,” (Acta Kierkegaardiana 4, 2009: 260-277); “Chrysostom: Between the Hermitage and the City,” (Kierkegaard and the Patristic and Medieval Tradition, Jon Stewart (ed.), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, 47-66).




Colloquium Series, Spring 2011
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Copenhagen
Thursdays, 13:15-15:00
All talks will take place at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Farvergade 27 D.
Everyone is welcome to attend


Thursday, February 24th, 13:15-15:00
Pablo Golborne: “Øieblikket in the Motion Picture”
This talk will address the question of how to capture the essence of Kierkegaard’s thoughts and how these can be translated into the language of fiction film.

Thursday, March 17th, 13:15-15:00
Gerhard Thonhauser: “Pictures of Kierkegaard: The Germanophone Transmission of Kierkegaard in the late 19th and early 20th Century”

In the context of my overall research project – which is to offer a historically-grounded and profound investigation into Martin Heidegger’s reception of Søren Kierkegaard in the context of the Germanophone reception of Kierkegaard in the late 19th and early 20th century – the presentation will focus on the early transmission of Kierkegaard into German-speaking world (which is also the main subject of the research that I am conducting during my stay at the Kierkegaard Research Centre). My attempt is to provide an overview of the main tendencies of the transmission of Kierkegaard’s thought into intellectual life in Germany and Austria at that time.

First, I plan to give a brief outline of the very early Germanophone translation and dissemination of Kierkegaard, mentioning the translations by Albert Bärthold and the influential interpretation of Georg Brandes. Then, I will focus on the two main figures for Kierkegaard’s German translation prior to Emanuel Hirsch, namely Christoph Schrempf and Theodor Haecker. Schrempf published his first translation of Kierkegaard in 1890, and he was also the one who organized the first German edition of Kierkegaard’s Gesammelte Werke (1909-1922). Haecker began his work as a translator of Kierkegaard arguably in response to Schrempf’s one-sided interpretation of Kierkegaard. He published most of his translations in the 1910s, many of them in the Tyrolean periodical Der Brenner, which was widely read among German-speaking intellectuals (among them Heidegger) at that time.
This period at the beginning of the 20th century – which is probably not so well known, particularly among Kierkegaard scholars – proves to be highly significant for the subsequent reception of Kierkegaard. It not only gave rise to the profound reception and contestation of Kierkegaard’s thought in German-speaking theology and philosophy in the first half of the 20th century (the context in which Heidegger has to be located), but it was also the initial step for the following international transmission of Kierkegaard as well.

Thursday, March 24th (note: 15:15-16:30)
Nigel Hatton: “Anxious Laments: the Subjective Trace of Kierkegaard in African-American Freedom Struggles”

This paper examines the ways in which African-American writers, artists and social activists have combined (through signification) the ideas and concepts of Søren Kierkegaard with African-American philosophy, theory and praxis to articulate the primacy of individual human freedom and the universal consequences of its removal. I begin with a discussion of Kierkegaard and the African-American intellectual tradition followed by analyses of the presence of Kierkegaard in a James Baldwin novel, a Richard Wright short story, a Ralph Ellison essay, a Martin Luther King, Jr. sermon, a Cornel West thesis, and a William H. Johnson painting. Placing these texts in dialogue with Johannes Climacus, Vigilius Haufniensis, Anti-Climacus, Wilhelm, the Aesthete, and Kierkegaard himself, I argue that the symbolic value of Kierkegaard’s religious, philosophical, and aesthetic battles with his modernity imbue African-American freedom struggles with greater agency in the struggle to re-imagine normative accounts of freedom, subjectivity, solidarity, and who counts as a human being in global political, social and cultural spheres. Ultimately, I aim to show that the despairing lament of the Aesthete at odds with the world, for example, and the haunting lament of an African-American jazz musician denouncing oppression through her horn, have several similarities that my analyses of Kierkegaard and African-American writers makes more evident and clear.

Thursday, March 31st, 13:15-15:00
Laura Liva: “The Paradox of Modern Tragedy: Kierkegaard and Camus on the Ambiguity of Guilt”

Ancient tragedy is defined by the ambiguous relationship of freedom and necessity. Thus, the question of isolating the agent or force responsible for the actions portrayed on the stage remains unresolved. Kierkegaard asks if it is even possible to speak of modern tragedy given that fact that, in modernity, the subject has been emancipated from fate, and with it, all substantial relationships. The individual is therefore responsible for his actions, and he can no longer play the role of tragic character. Conversely, Albert Camus, addressing the same question, argues that tragedy is possible in modernity because of the ambiguity of human freedom: “man demands liberty,” he says, “though he is subject to necessity.” Through an analysis of the tragic figures in works by Kierkegaard and Camus, this paper takes up the question of the possibility of modern tragedy.




Translation Seminar, January 21-22, 2011
Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre
Farvergade 27 D, 1463 Copenhagen

The Translation Seminar is organized by the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre with the purpose of promoting the exchange of information, knowledge, and expertise among professionals interested in the translation and diffusion of Kierkegaard’s writings in a variety of languages.

Along with the discussion of general topics related to Søren Kierkegaard’s use of the Danish language, the Seminar provides an occasion for the consideration of common challenges faced by translators and of their possible solutions. Read more

This year, the Seminar will be held at Vartov, Farvergade 27, 1463 Copenhagen K.

The Seminar is free of charge and it is open to translators, philologists, researchers and students who are working or planning to work with Kierkegaard’s texts.

Please send the completed registration form (download here) by e-mail or fax to:

The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre
Fax: + 45 33766910



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