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Book launch: Theology and New Materialism | Dr John Reader
Wed 14 June 2017, 15:00 – 17:00 BST
The need for a new conceptuality stemming from global environmental challenges lies at the heart of this exciting new publication, which brings together New Materialism on the one hand, and the work of Bruno Latour on the other. So far the ideas stemming from Deleuze in the philosophies of DeLanda, Bryant and Bennett and the work of Latour from Actor Network Theory and more recently from his Gifford Lectures on Gaia have remained the province of continental philosophy or geography. Bringing these ideas together for the first time in the context of faith and ethics, Revd Dr John Reader launches his new book Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
An expert panel, featuring Beverley Clack, James Hanvey and Tim Howles will discuss the themes and arguments of the book, which include not only issues of human agency and transcendence, but also the search for a New Enlightenment and practical issues of politics, aesthetics and technology. Following the panel presentation, a wider debate will follow in which all are invited to participate.
"John Reader unfolds a remarkable, perhaps unparalleled contribution to theology: an introduction to the new materialism that is at one and the same time rocking with its cutting edge sources, vibrantly theological and actually accessible to readers beyond the academy. Deleuzians, eco-activists, pastors will find one another resonantly assembled in this text. I for one am happy to sign on to Relational Christian Realism."
Catherine Keller, George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University. Author of Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement.
Light refreshments will be available.