Moderator: Kevin Mongrain, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
Speaker: Cyril O'Regan is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Respondents: James Alison, Independent Scholar, and Wolfgang Palaver, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
O'Regan's keynote lecture explores contemporary apocalypticism, including that of Jacques Derrida and René Girard. O'Regan's examination is based on Girard's most recent book, Battling to the End, where Girard engages the Prussian military theoretician Carl von Clausewitz. Using the interpretive key of the apocalyptic, O'Regan explores whether full blown apocalyptic emphasis is fundamentally Biblical, Girard's modes of apocalyptic discourse, and modern forms of contemporary discourses on apocalypses.
This event took place as part of the "2010 Colloquium on Violence & Religion - Transforming Violence: Cult, Culture and Acculturation"
At the COV&R conference, scholars from a wide range of disciplines explore questions about violence and their impacts on daily life. What sort of artistic, expressive forms and cultural formations result from the experience of violence?
Recorded Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at University of Notre Dame - McKenna Hall Auditorium.