SKC Annual Conference 2017 – Københavns Universitet

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SKC Annual Conference 2017

Reconsidering the Existential: Existence and Communication

August 16-18, 2017

The SKC Annual Conference 2017 is the third 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 moved one step further by focusing on the relation between the aesthetical, the ethical, and the religious. This conference concludes the reconsideration of Kierkegaard’s existential thinking with a systematic reexamination of Kierkegaard’s existential thought reflected in the question of communication in philosophy, theology, literature, and psychology.

Communication plays a prominent role in Kierkegaard’s authorship and, accordingly, the topic of communication has been prevalent in Kierkegaard studies for more than a century. In order to cast new light on this time-hallowed topic, the thematic focus of the conference is more specifically on the relationship between existence and communication. Articulating the question of communication in terms of the concept of existence allows for a focused investigation of Johannes Climacus’ claim in the Postscript: To exist is an art.” This enigmatic claim reappears in Kierkegaard’s multifarious texts so often that it seems problematic to separate playful rhetoric from earnest existential deliberations.


Wednesday, August 16

13:00-13:15   Joakim Garff: Words of Welcome

Afternoon Session (Chairperson: George Pattison)                                                         

13:15-13:45   Iben Damgaard: What's up with the Prompter below the Stage? Kierkegaard’s withdrawal as an Author in his Upbuilding Communication with his Reader

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:30   Coffee / Tea Break

14:30-15:00   Rick Anthony Furtak: Speaking about the Difficulty of Existence                                                                                                                                           

15:00-15:30   Discussion

15:30-16:00   Claudine Davidshofer: Johannes Climacus: On the Uses and Disadvantages of Dialectics for Life

16:00-16:30   Discussion

16:35-18:00   Reception at the Marketplace

Thursday, August 17

Morning Session (Chairperson: Vincent Delecroix)

10:00-10:30   Jörg Disse: Communication of Existence: Kierkegaard and Gabriel Marcel

10:30-11:00   Discussion

11:00-11:15   Coffee / Tea Break

11:15-11:45   Stine Zink Kaasgaard: On Pronouncing Existence: The Art of Unjustified Judgement

11:45-12:15   Discussion

12:15-13:15   Lunch Break

Afternoon Session (Chairperson: Ettore Rocca)

13:15-13:45   Juan Evaristo Valls-Boix: Liberated Prefaces: Kierkegaard and the Deconstruction of the Book

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:45   Anna Strelis Söderquist: Who Let the Doctor In? The Role of Anti-Climacus in The Sickness unto Death

14:45-15:15   Discussion

15:15-15:30   Coffee / Tea Break

15:30-16:00   Roe Fremstedal: Hidden Inwardness Revisited

16:00-16:30   Discussion 

Friday, August 18

Morning Session (Chairperson: Isak Winkel Holm)

10:00-10:30   Eleanor Helms: Kierkegaard and the Structure of Imagination

10:30-11:00   Discussion

11:00-11:15   Coffee / Tea Break

11:15-11:45   Samuel Cuff Snow: Reflections on Sublimity in Kierkegaard: Aesthetics, Communication and the Existential Decision

11:45-12:15   Discussion

12:15-13:15   Lunch Break 

Afternoon Session (Chairperson: Ingolf Dalferth)

13:15-13:45   Lilian Munk Rösing: Incarnation Is Funny: Humor as Existence-Communication

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:45   George Pattison: Pseudonyms? What Pseudonyms? There Were No Pseudonyms?

14:45-15:15   Discussion

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

Venue and Registration

The conference venue will be at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, located at UCPH South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads 16, DK-2300 Copenhagen.

Registration no longer open!

The Centre cannot provide assistance for lodging or travel. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bjarne Still Laurberg at

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen.



Joakim Garff                                           René Rosfort      
Associate Professor                              Associate Professor
Director of SKC