SKC Annual Conference – Københavns Universitet

SKC Annual Conference

Reconsidering the Existential: the Aesthetic, the Ethical, the Religious


Wednesday, August 17

13:30-13:45:  Joakim Garff: Words of Welcome

Afternoon Session: 

13:45-14:15   Isak Winkel Holm: Existence and Emergency: The Disaster Imaginary in Søren Kierkegaard

14:15-14:45   Discussion

14:45-15:00   Coffee / Tea Break 

15:00-15:30   Marieke Brugnera: De te fabula narratur: The Embodiment of the Reader’s Point  of  View in a Re-Creative Interplay with Kierkegaard’s Authorship

15:30-16:00   Discussion

16:15             Reception at SKC (Farvergade 27D) 

Thursday, August 18

Morning Session:

10:00-10:30   Claudia Welz:  The Voice of Conscience, Kierkegaard’s Theory of Indirect Communication, and Buber’s Philosophy of Dialogue

10:30-11:00   Discussion

11:00-11:15   Coffee / Tea Break

11:15-11:45   Jeffrey Hanson: Fear and Trembling’s Actual Ideal: Existentially Integrating the Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious

11:45-12:15   Discussion

12:15-13:15   Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

13:15-13:45   Joakim Garff: Marginal Existence: The Aesthetic and the Religious in Kierkegaard

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:45   Emily Martone: Tragic Freedom: The Question of Existence and Ontology

14:45-15:15   Discussion

15:15-15:30   Coffee / Tea Break

15:30-16:00   Henrike Fürstenberg: Re-Reading the Religious – Aesthetically

16:00-16:30   Discussion 

Friday, August 19

Morning Session

10:00-10:30   Dorthe Jørgensen: Sensation, Faith, and Comprehension: Philosophy of Experience and Its Potential for Theology

10:30-11:00   Discussion

11:00-11:15   Coffee / Tea Break

11:15-11:45   Ettore Rocca: Kierkegaard and the Concept of Analogy

11:45-12:15   Discussion

12:15-13:15   Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

13:15-13:45   Hjördis Becker: The Young Man's Promise. The Repetition of the Self According to Kierkegaard and Ricœur

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:45   René Rosfort: Anxious Ethics: The Irony of Seriousness

14:45-15:15   Discussion

15:15-15:30   Joakim Garff: Concluding Words

Sign up for the conference HERE

What is Kierkegaard’s thinking about? A more or less straightforward answer would be that its aim is to think what it is to exist. This answer may appear obvious, but it leaves us with open questions. What does existential thinking mean? Or, for that matter, what is existential thinking? What is to be thought – human existence – seems to call thinking into question.

The SKC Annual Conference 2016 is the second in a series of conferences devoted to Kierkegaard’s existential thinking. While the Conference in 2015 opened with the title “Reconsidering Kierkegaard’s Existential Approach”, the 2016 Conference moves one step further by focusing on the notion of the existential.

How does ‘the’ existential relate to the distinction between ‘the’ aesthetic, ‘the’ ethical, and ‘the’ religious? This distinction has played a prominent but not uncontested role in the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought. We may ask: Does the distinction capture what is meant by the existential? How is the existential to be understood when the distinction between different spheres of existence is put into the foreground? Or maybe we should begin by asking: What does it mean to speak of ‘the’ aesthetic, ‘the’ ethical, and ‘the’ religious? Are they ways of conceptualizing basic but different possibilities of human existence – as different forms of relating to what it is to be human? What defines each of them? How are they related? What is ‘in between’? How do we come from one to the other? Are they stages of human existence? If so, what is the status of a sphere of existence? Does a human being find herself ‘within’ a sphere of existence?

Does speaking of ‘the’ aesthetic, ‘the’ ethical, and ‘the’ religious help us in dealing with the relation between aesthetics, ethics, and religion? The title of the conference should also be understood as an invitation to focus on the question of existential thinking in the arts, not least literature. This could open the wider question of existence and communication, which will be the guiding question for the 2017 conference.

Thus, the aim of the SKC Annual Conference in 2016 is to encourage a systematic reexamination of Kierkegaard’s existential approach reflected in the question of the existential in relation to the ethical, the aesthetic, and the religious, as well as in particular trends in philosophy, theology, literature, and psychology. Contributions can deal with the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought, issues that may be defined as existential, or with the question of method. Ideally, papers will combine these perspectives.