SKC Annual Conference 2018 – Københavns Universitet

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SKC Annual Conference 2018

Kierkegaard in Dialogue with Late Modernity: Politics, Media, and Society

Call for papers

In order to stimulate a dynamic interplay between Kierkegaard understood in historical context and Kierkegaard interpreted in light of contemporary concerns, the SKC Annual Conference in 2018 will be an interdisciplinary discussion about the influence of his authorship in late modernity with special emphasis on politics, media, and the social sphere. The conference aims to both explore and challenge the dialogical dimension of Kierkegaard’s writings. The exploratory aspect consists of an analysis of his critical observations concerning the condition of the late modern period. The challenge lies both in confronting Kierkegaard with the historically conditioned limitations and blind spots of his diagnoses, and in reflecting on the unnoticed resources in his thought that can contribute to a contemporary discussion in these areas. Such resources might very well lie in places other than those where he offers explicit observations of the political or social situation.  It might be possible to find in Works of Love, for example, another form of democratic consciousness than the one that can be derived from his most explicit criticisms of democracy recorded elsewhere.

In the case of the exploratory and confrontational elements, the presentations should consider the hermeneutical and methodological difficulties implicit in a dialogue with Kierkegaard given the historical distance between him and his contemporary reader.

The presentations need not look to Kierkegaard as an ideological sage who can solve all problems, but should seek rather to enter into an even, critical dialogue with him about the most acute and intricate questions of our time.

Deadline for call for papers 15 March to Bjarne Still Laurberg:

Venue and Registration

The conference will take place at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, located at UCPH South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads 16, DK-2300 Copenhagen. The seminar language will be English. The Centre cannot provide assistance for lodging or travel.

Participation in the conference is FREE but please make sure that you register HERE

If you have any questions, please contact Bjarne Still Laurberg at

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!


Joakim Garff                            René Rosfort                             Iben Damgaard
Associate Professor               Associate Profesor                   Professor (mso)
Director of SKC