SKC Annual Conference 2022

The Textuality of Kierkegaard’s Thought: Words, Images, Phenomena, and Concepts

After several years dedicated to specific topics in Kierkegaard’s authorship, the SKC Annual Conference 2022 turns to the textuality of Kierkegaard’s thought.

Kierkegaard is a theologian, a philosopher, a psychologist, a poet, but first and foremost he is a writer who combines these various intellectual activities in his texts. This makes him a particularly difficult author who constantly defies our attempts to label him and challenges our interpretative endeavors to make sense of his thought.

To work with Kierkegaard’s thought — his theories, concepts, and ideas — is therefore to work with his texts. This may seem an obvious observation. In a time, however, with increasing political pressure to use our intellectual efforts to solve specific societal challenges, Kierkegaard’s text is at risk of disappearing in — or at least subsiding into the background of — our attempt to argue for the contemporary relevance of Kierkegaard’s thought.

It is well-known that, for Kierkegaard, how we think and act is just as important as what we think and do, and it is our hope that this conference will shed light on how Kierkegaard writes about the many topics that are at stake in the authorship.

A number of more specific questions arise from this basic research question: What is the roles of images in Kierkegaard’s authorship? How does the affective character of Kierkegaard’s writing shape his argument? What is the relation between phenomena and concepts? How are we to understand and make sense of the pseudonyms? How does Kierkegaard use narratives and narrativity? What is the relation between indirect and direct communication? How are we to make sense of Kierkegaard’s ambiguous approach to and use of the poetical? What kinds of literary genre does Kierkegaard make use of? What is the theoretical role of mood (stemning)?

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Wednesday, August 10

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

Afternoon Session (Chairperson: George Pattison)

13:15-13:45   Vincent Delecroix: Kierkegaard as a failed writer. On Adorno's Kierkegaard.

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:30   Break

14:30-15:00   Elisabete Sousa: Kierkegaard and travel literature

15:00-15:30   Discussion

15:30-16:00    Dallas Callaway: Intentio Operis and Striving After Textual Meaning within Kierkegaard’s Challenging Authorship

16:00-16:30   Discussion

16:30-18:00   Reception at the Marketplace

Thursday, August 11

Morning Session (Chairperson: Vincent Delecroix)

10:00-10:30    Lilian Munk Rösing: Who speaks? A literary perspective on voice in Kierkegaard

10:30-11:00   Discussion

11:00-11:15   Break

11:15-11:45    Michael Strawser: Between Mood and Spirit: Kierkegaard’s Conception of Death as the Teacher of Earnestness

11:45-12:15   Discussion

12:15-13:15   Lunch Break

Afternoon Session (Chairperson: Lilian Munk Rösing)

 13:15-13:45    Ville Hämäläinen: “My dear reader—but to whom am I speaking?” Kierkegaard’s Indirect Rhetoric

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:45    Sheridan Hough: “What is the Happiest Life?” Some Observations from Quidam, Johannes de silentio, and a Sixteen Year Old Girl (Me)

14:45-15:15   Discussion

15:15-15:30   Break 

15:30-16:00    Joakim Garff: “The Intriguing Secret of All The Machinery”. Textuality, Formation and Identity in Kierkegaard

16:00-16:30   Discussion                

Friday, August 12 

Morning Session (Chairperson: Ingolf Dalferth) 

10:00-10:30    Elizabeth Li: Typographical Acts of Thought: Emphasising Existence in Postscript

10:30-11:00   Discussion

11:00-11:15   Break 

11:15-11:45   Bjarke Mørkøre Stigel Hansen: Address of Existence 

11:45-12:15   Discussion

12:15-13:15   Lunch Break

Afternoon Session (Chairperson: Ettore Rocca)

13:15-13:45    Philipp Schwab: Speaking and Taking back. Climacus, Kierkegaard and the “First and Last Explanation”

13:45-14:15   Discussion

14:15-14:30   Joakim Garff: Concluding Words