Invited Lectures

“Inexpressible Opacity: Theodicy, Sad Affects, and Dissimulation,” Keynote Address, Department for the Study of Religion’s Annual Graduate Symposium: Negativity, Pessimisms, and Sad Affects in the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, April 19th, 2019. [Click here for a PDF of the slides. You can listen to the audio here or download the file.]

“An Agenda for Total Disorder: Mysticism and Gnosis in Fanon,” Political Theology and the Contemporary Moment: Beyond the Christian and the Secular, Theologische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, July 5th, 2018.

“Alienation and Its Antidotes: A Workshop with Anthony Paul Smith on the Thought of François Laruelle”, Incite Seminars, Philadelphia, PA, September 23rd, 2017.

“A Democracy of Thought Amidst the Failure of a World: Introducing the Ideas of François Laruelle”, Messiah College, September 29th, 2017.

“Thinking the Scream: Figures and Forms of Death”, The Event of Jesus’ Death & the Birth of Christianity, Center for Theology & Religious Studies, Lund University, October 20th, 2017.

Keynote Roundtable Participant, “Secularism and Its Discontents”, 16th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, The New School for Social Research, April 8th, 2017.

To Justify the World: Forms of Theodicy in German Idealism and Political Theology,” German Idealism and the Future of Political Theology, Theologische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, April 16th, 2016.

“The Limits of the Generic Secular,” (N)one and the World, The New School for Social Research, March 17th, 2016.

“Dissimilar Messianity,” (Non-)Philosophy and the Critique of the Secular, University of California-Berkeley, April 3rd, 2015.

“Is the (Black) Muslim an Ordinary Human: The Universal and the Particular in Non-Philosophy’s Human Question,” Superpositions: Non-Standard Perspectives on Critical Theory, Philosophy and Media Studies (A Symposium on Laruelle and the Humanities, Parsons The New School for Design, October 11th, 2014.

“Une non-théologie, est-elle possible?” La Philosophie non-standard de François Laruelle, Centre Culturel International de Cerisy, Cerise-La-Salle, France, September 9th, 2014.

Response to a panel on A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature: Ecologies of Thought, Institute for Nature and Culture, DePaul University, May 15th, 2014.

“‘Will nothing ever be with nothing ever again?’: The Theological Construction of Personhood and Its Negation within the Limits of Race Alone,” Keynote address at the “Phenomenological Personhood: Scientific, Theological, Political” conference, The New York Phenomenology Group, The New School, March 4th, 2014.

Panelist for “Post-Non-Post,” York University, November 17th, 2013.

“Failure and Victimology: On Laruelle’s Mutation of Marxism,” Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario, November 16th, 2013.

“Islamic Mysticism and Contemporary Philosophy,” Guest Lecture for Prof. Simon Critchley and Dr. Eugene Thacker’s ‘Mysticism’ Graduate Seminar, The New School, November 12th, 2013.

“Honesty is a hindrance when you want to be what is true: Taqiyya and Contemporary Philosophy,” Humanities Guest Speakers Series, Rowan University, April 4th, 2013.

“Translation and Gingivitis,” Blnkt Speaker Series, Philadelphia, Feburary 15th, 2013.

“Faux amis?: François Laruelle and the Speculative Turn,” Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought Speaker Series, Dublin, January 9th, 2013.

“Victims over Victors: Laruelle’s Ethical Theory,” Liverpool Forum for European Philosophy and the Association of Continental Philosophy of Religion, Liverpool Hope University, December 13th, 2012.

“An Introduction to Non-Philosophy,” Guest Lecture for Dr. Simon O’Sullivan’s ‘The Production of Subjectivity’ MA Course, Goldsmiths College, December 12th, 2012.

“Aesthetics, or the Performation of Non-Philosophy,” Abandoned Projectors: A Pavilion Forum, Pavilion, Leeds Art Gallery, November 8th, 2012.

“Liberating Lived Experience from the Thought-World: François Laruelle and the Work of Non-Philosophy,” The After-Life of Phenomenology Workshop, Northwestern University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and Department of Philosophy, October 15th, 2012.

“The Speculative Angel,” Speculative Medievalisms: A Laboratory-Atelier, January 14th, 2011.

“The Perversity of Nature: Can we bring science and the humanities together?” DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture, November 19th, 2010.

“What Can Be Done with Religion?: François Laruelle’s Non-Philosophy and the Future of Philosophy of Religion,” Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham, March 24th, 2010.

“The History of Non-Philosophy: Or, What is Behind the Move from the First to the Second Non-Philosophy?” Symposium on Non-Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, March 4th, 2010.

“‘Nature is not…’: Apophatic Ontologies of Nature,” Department of Politics, Philosophy and International Relations, University of the West of England, February 18th, 2009.

“A Science of Philosophy: Introduction to Non-Philosophy,” Philosophy Society, University of Dundee, January 22nd, 2009.

Conference Presentations

“Theodicy and Slavery: On a Philosophical Form and Its Dark Side”, SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference, University of Winchester, UK, September 4th, 2017.

“The Limits of the Common: A Decolonial Reading of Laudato Si’,” American Academy of Religion, Comparative Theology Group and Roman Catholic Studies Group, San Antonio, TX, November 19th, 2016.

“Exiled from the World: The Figure of the Black Muslim in Continental Philosophy of Religion,” American Academy of Religion, Theology and Continental Philosophy Group, San Antonio, TX, November 19th, 2016.

“The Reality and the Real of the Ecosystem,” The International Association for Environmental Philosophy, 20th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, October 24th, 2016.

“Blackamerican Islam and the Critique of the Secular,” A Postsecular Age?: New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, July 28th, 2016.

“Laruelle and the Nonhuman: Ecology and Animality in Non-Standard Philosophy — A Conversation with John Ó Maoilearca and Anthony Paul Smith,” Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX, November 14th, 2015.

“The Post-Colonial Remains: Bensmaïa with Deleuze and Laruelle after the Postmodern and the Postsecular,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World, New Orleans, LA, October 23rd, 2014.

“How to End the World: From Heidegger’s Kehre to Fanon’s African Revolution,” Revolutions!: Past, Present and Future, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Philadelphia, PA, October 10th, 2014.

The Real and I: On Hallaj and the Tradition of Islamic Immanence,” American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, November 23rd-26th, 2013.

“Rejecting the World in the Name of Man: On François Laruelle’s Gnostic Mysticism,” Mystical Theology: Eruptions from France, All Hallows College, Dublin, January 11th-12th, 2013.

“Creatural Resistance: The Book of Job and Ecological Niche Theory,” The Society for Literature, Arts, and Science, Milwaukee, WI, September 27th-30th, 2012.

“Generic Taqiyya as Condition for Contemporary Mysticism,” Absolute Mysticism Panel, Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion, Liverpool Hope University, June 29th-July 1st, 2012.

Panelist for ‘The Secular and the Speculative: Exploring Themes from Anthony Paul Smith’s and Daniel Whistler’s After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion’, The American Academy of Religion General Conference, San Francisco, November 19th-22nd, 2011.

“From the Fractured One of Shi’ism: On a Speculative Theory of Concealment and Dissimulation,” Speculative Philosophies and Religious Practices: New Directions in the Philosophy of Religion and Post-Secular Practical Theology, University of Chester, June 1st, 2011.

“The Poverty of Nature: What does Nature have to do with Liberation?” Religion & Liberation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Durham University, December 17th, 2010.

“The Ethical Relation of Bodies: Thinking with Spinoza Towards an Affective Ecology,” Spinoza and Bodies, Spinoza Research Network Conference, University of Dundee, September 10th-11th, 2009.

“Shooting the Animal: On Animal-Philosophy and Film-Philosophy,” Second Annual Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Dundee, July 16th-18th, 2009.

“‘Nature is not…’: An Apophatic Critique of Nature,” The American Academy of Religion General Conference, Chicago, November 1st-3rd, 2008.

“Heresy, Mysticism, and the Struggle for Utopia: On the Importance of Religion for François Laruelle’s Non-Philosophy,”  2nd Annual Conference in Continental Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University, September 22nd, 2008.

“The Damp Earth – The Mother of God: Nature, Divinity, and the Life beyond Reason,” The Grandeur of Reason, Centre of Theology and Philosophy, Rome, September 1st-4th, 2008.

“Believing in this World: Towards a Philosophy of Religion after Deleuze,” What is Philosophy after Deleuze?, University of Dundee, April 11th-12th, 2008.

Panelist for “The Political and the Religious: Exploring Recent Turns,” The American Academy of Religion General Conference, San Diego, November 17th-20th, 2007.

“The Earth Hidden Within the World: Phenomenology and Sophiology,” 1st Annual Conference in Continental Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University in association with the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, September 9th-10th, 2007.

“On Poverty in Negri,” Co-presented with Daniel Colucciello Barber, European Consortium for Political Research, Università di Pisa, September 6th-8th, 2007

“Immanence and Religion: Theological Determination, Vital Forces, and the Return of the Religious,” Theory, Faith, Culture: An International Interdisciplinary Conference, Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, July 4th-6th, 2007.

“The Vital Practice of Religion: Or, How Religion Becomes Resistance,” NEXUS: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, April 7th-8th, 2006.

Other Presentations

Panelist for “Encountering Climate Change: Moral Considerations, Political Realities, Lived Experience: A Discussion on Climate Change in the Context of the Paris Climate Change Conference,” La Salle University, December 3rd, 2015.

Panelist for “The Philippines Typhoon: Reflections on Trauma, Culture, Nature and Aid,” The Explorer Connection, La Salle University, April 1st, 2014.

Thinking Through the Environmental Crisis: Are We Doomed?” Explorer Cafe, La Salle University, September 18th, 2013.


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