PhaenEx Review Essay on Daniel Colucciello Barber’s new book

518upB5v4GL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Available here – a good way to end 2014. The book was a pleasure to read, as well as his earlier work in On Diaspora. I anticipate engaging with Barber’s work on the secular in the first chapter of my masters thesis (more on that here in the next few months).

Happy New Years everyone,

Two Conference Updates: Mennonites Writing IV & Jean-Luc Marion

Hi All,

This is just an update on two upcoming speaking engagements in the new year. I’ll also follow up soon with some more book reviews as I get them.

1. The Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy is holding a conference on the work of Jean-Luc Marion from March 27th-29th 2015, at which I will present a paper called “Hermeneutics and the Phenomenology of Givenness”. The schedule can be found here.

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2. Fresno Pacific University is holding the seventh Mennonite/s Writing conference in March from the 12th-15th, at which I will be presenting a paper called “Anabaptist Mennonite Literary Hermeneutics”. The schedule can be found here (PDF).

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Thanks for keeping an eye out here!

-Max

Graduate Student Colloquium Series

Colloquium_Fall 2014Readers of this excuse for a blog, you are to the first Theological Studies Graduate Student Colloquium at Conrad Grebel University College. During the Fall and Winter terms we will be hosting monthly presentations of scholarly material, by graduate students and other scholars, followed by questions and discussion. Our first presentation will take place on Thursday, October 9th at 12:00 noon in the Paetkau Seminar room (2201). Zac Klassen will introduce the series, and Max Kennel will present on “Anabaptist Revisions: A Call for a Contemporary Reimagining of the Anabaptist Vision”. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Our second meeting will take place on Friday, October 31st at 12:30 pm in the Paetkau Seminar room (2201). MTS student Isaiah Ritzmann will present on “Tradition as Community Tool: A Review of Alexander Blair’s Christian Ambivalence Towards its Old Testament followed by discussion and refreshments. Please contact Zac Klassen (zklassen@gmail.com) or Max Kennel (max.kennel@gmail.com) for further details, or if you are interested in presenting a paper during Fall or Winter term.

Conference: Wading Deeper – Anabaptist-Mennonite Identities Engage Postmodernity

If any readers are in Winnipeg this weekend I will be giving a talk at the 6th Biennial Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference at the Canadian Mennonite University on Saturday. The talk is titled “A Proposal for Nonviolent Metaphysics: Examining Ontological Violence” and it extends the Mennonite Metaphysics project that I’ve been working on. The link for the conference is here: https://uwaterloo.ca/toronto-mennonite-theological-centre/events/tmtc-graduate-student-conference-0

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