As I come to the end of my PHD course-work there are a few pieces of writing and some works in progress that might be of interest to people who come across this space. The most notable things that come to mind are three articles that will be out at some point this year, each of which represent a culmination of a great deal of time and energy over the past few years. Since I began my masters degree the research that I have been interested in has fallen under three broad banners: a philosophical project on ontology and identity, a theological project on Mennonite theology and philosophy, and a project on secularity that falls broadly under the domain of religious studies and intellectual history.
Each of these projects overlaps with the other in a different way. For example, the ontology project constructively pursues a nonviolent understanding of identity in such a way that is motivated by the Mennonite project but not limited by it, and the Mennonite project proceeds from assumptions explained in the secularity project – but each are also distinct. The ontology project is philosophical and does not directly draw on any religious texts, while the Mennonite project arises from and critiques my own confessional background. The secularity project bridges the two, looking for shared legitimacies between philosophical and theological epistemologies.
I’m now in the fortunate position to say that each of these projects has resulted in an article-length study:
“Mennonite Metaphysics? Exploring the Philosophical Aspects of Mennonite Theology from Pacifist Epistemology to Ontological Peace” Mennonite Quarterly Review (forthcoming 2017)
“Postsecular History: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion and the Seventeenth Century Dutch Collegiant Movement,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses (forthcoming 2017)
Ontology and Identity
“Identity, Ontology, and the Two / Идентитет, онтологија, и две,” Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender, and Culture. Vol. 13 (2016-2017): 101-136. English and Macedonian. Trans. Jordan Šišovski.
Each also have other supporting talks and reviews that contribute to the same general project. My upcoming talk at the Humanitas centre in June will expand on the Mennonite Metaphysics project, my 2016 SCTIW review supports some of my conclusions in the Postsecular History project, and the ontology project will continue with a paper called “Being, Dialectics, and Chiasmus.” As well, my talk at the regional AAR at the end of the month will pertain to all three projects, as it forms the groundwork for what I hope will become my dissertation proposal.
As always, thanks for your interest!