2019 Annual Karl Barth Conference


The 2019 Annual Karl Barth Conference will be hosted by the Center for Barth Studies from June 16-19, 2019 on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. Fifty years from Barth’s own death and on the centenary of the publication of the Römerbrief, the conference takes as its theme, “The Finality of the Gospel: Karl Barth and the Tasks of Eschatology”. Our central purpose is to consider how fresh encounters with various aspects of Karl Barth’s dogmatic theology and biblical exegesis might stimulate, inform, shape, and challenge contemporary reflection on the range of eschatological themes in Christian theology. Plenary papers from leading theologians and biblical scholars from North America and Europe will be supplemented by the contributions of other scholars to be offered in two concurrent sessions during the conference.

Plenary Speakers include:
John Barclay, University of Durham
Douglas Campbell, Duke University
Christophe Chalamet, University of Geneva
Nancy Duff, Princeton Theological Seminary
Susan Eastman, Duke University
Beverly Gaventa, Baylor University
Karen Kilby, University of Durham
Grant Macaskill, University of Aberdeen
Kenneth Oakes, Notre Dame University
Christoph Schwöbel, University of St. Andrews
Christiane Tietz, University of Zurich
Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen

Registration

Cost

Regular Rate: $285 (Includes breakfast and lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and all refreshments).

Students: $90 (Includes all refreshments. Fee does not include meals).

PTS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administration: Free (Registration still required)

Opening Sunday evening banquet meal – separate charge: $30

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Plenary Speakers

Speakers

Concurrent Speakers

Leadership

Plenary Speakers

Parallel Speakers

Schedule

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

4:00 – 5:30 PM - Registration - Erdman Center

6:00 – 7:30 PM - Opening Banquet - Mackay Dining Hall

7:30 – 9:00 PM - Lecture 1 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Christoph Schwöbel :: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning? Barth’s Eschatology as a Guide to the Perplexed

Monday, June 17th, 2019

7:00 – 9:00 AM - Registration - Mackay Auditorium Foyer

8:00 – 9:00 AM - Breakfast - Mackay Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Lecture 2 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Grant Macaskill :: The Idolatrous Self and the Eikon: The Possibility of Worship

10:15 – 10:45 AM – Break with coffee - Mackay Auditorium Foyer

10:45 - 11:45 AM – Lecture 3 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Kenneth Oakes :: Eschatology in the Time of Expectation

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch - Mackay Dining Hall

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Lecture 4 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Douglas Campbell :: Paul’s Account of the Future: A Case Study in Pauline Dogmatics

2:30 – 3:00 – Break with coffee and refreshments - Mackay Auditorium Foyer

3:00 – 4:00 – Lecture 5 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Christiane Tietz :: ‘Standing on the Boundary Where the Now and the Yet Then Touch Each Other’: Barth on Theodicy and Eschatology

4:15 – 5:00 – Concurrent Papers - Session I

  • Peter Anders - Theron Room (Library): “The Cruciform Promise of the Gospel: Theologia Crucis and the Resurrection of the Dead in Karl Barth’s Earlier Theology”
  • Steven Harris - Library Room 1010: “First Corinthians 15 in the Century before Barth: Eschatology without Content?”
  • Timo Helenius - Clarke Lounge (Erdman Center): “What I Am Not”: Barth’s Negative Phenomenology of Eternity
  • Declan Kelly - Art Studio (Erdman Center): “Love in a Time of Apocalypse: Karl Barth’s Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13”
  • Jeff McSwain - Adams House (Living Room): “Species of Origen? Barth’s Refusal of a “self-enclosed middle” between Creation and the Eschaton”
  • Nicola Whyte - Cooper Room (Erdman Center)

5:00 – 7:30 - Open Dinner in Princeton

7:30 – 8:30 - Lecture 6 - Mackay Auditorium

  • John Barclay :: The Day is at Hand: Barth’s Interpretation of Pauline Eschatology

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 AM - Breakfast - Mackay Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Lecture 7 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Beverly Gaventa :: The Finality of the Gospel: Barth’s Romerbrief on Romans 9-11

10:15 – 10:45 AM – Break with coffee - Mackay Auditorium Foyer

10:45 – 11:45 AM – Lecture 8 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Christophe Chalamet :: The Redemption of This World: On the Direction of Eschatology

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch - Mackay Dining Hall

1:15 – 2:15 PM – Lecture 9 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Karen Kilby :: Death: A Hesitation

2:30 – 3:00 – Break with coffee and refreshments - Mackay Auditorium Foyer

3:00 – 4:00 – Lecture 10 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Nancy Duff :: The Ethics of Resisting and Accepting Death in Karl Barth’s Theology

4:15 – 5:00 – Concurrent Papers - Session II

  • Matthew Frost - Art Studio (Erdman Center): “Escaping the Outcomes of History: Barth’s Redesign of Eschatology from Protology, Forward”
  • Mitchell Mallary - Theron Room (Library): “The Secularity of Revelation and the Task of History: Karl Barth Against the Theological Interpretation of Scripture”
  • R. David Nelson - Library Room 1010: “Humanity at the Crossroads of Old and New: Anthropology and Eschatology in Barth’s Exegesis of Romans 5”
  • Kara Slade - Cooper Room (Erdman Center): “Time and the Political Theology of Progress”
  • Adam Tietje - Adams House (Living Room): “‘Be What You Are’: Barth’s Eschatological Account of Conscience.”
  • Chelsea Williams - Clarke Lounge (Erdman Center): “The World Is Wide Enough: The Kingdom of God and Barth’s Critique of Pietism Today”

Open Dinner in Princeton


Wednesday, June 19
th, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 AM - Breakfast - Mackay Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Lecture 11 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Susan Eastman :: The Custody of Hope: Christian Existence in The Resurrection of the Dead

10:00 – 11:00 AM – Break with coffee – Check out from the Erdman Center by 11 AM

11:00 – 12:00 PM – Lecture 12 - Mackay Auditorium

  • Philip G. Ziegler :: The First and Final ‘No’: The Finality of the Gospel and the Old Enemy

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch - Mackay Dining Hall

Workshops

Call for Applications

Fifty years from Barth’s own death and one-hundred years from the publication of the Römerbrief, the conference examines how fresh encounters with Karl Barth’s dogmatic theology and biblical exegesis might stimulate, inform, shape, and challenge contemporary reflection on the range of eschatological themes in Christian theology.

Those currently enrolled in a doctoral program or with completed doctorates are invited to submit paper proposals relevant to this year’s theme. We invite papers which draw Karl Barth’s life and work into constructive conversation concerning eschatological themes, perhaps focusing on the interpretation of key scriptural texts, or questions attending to key eschatological motifs: the matter of time and eternity, the Kingdom of God, death, judgment, resurrection, heaven and hell, apocalypse, theodicy, trauma, and the body (theologies of disability, race, sexuality, and gender). We especially encourage women, people of color, international students, and new voices in the Barth discussion to submit proposals.

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be sent to barth.center@ptsem.edu no later than 15th January 2019. Papers should be no more than 3,500 words in order to be delivered in 30 minutes and allow 15-20 minutes for Q&A. Please include your current academic standing with submissions.

Accepted applicants will receive free registration, meals, and lodging.

Lodging

Lodging at Princeton Seminary’s Erdman Center is sold out.

The following lodging options are still available:

Dorm rooms are available for reservation at Princeton Seminary’s Alexander Hall. These dormatory style rooms include an XL twin bed, linens, a nightstand, dresser, desk with chair, and a bookshelf. All rooms have Wi-Fi. Recently renovated bathrooms on each floor are shared by all rooms on a hallway. Dorm rooms are $50 per night per room. Call the front desk of the Erdman Center to reserve a dorm room: (609) 497-7990

Hotel rooms have also been reserved in a room block at the nearby DoubleTree by Hilton Princeton. Please use the following information when booking a room:

PLEASE NOTE: You must reserve your room at the DoubleTree by 5/24/2019. Any rooms not booked by this date will be released into inventory for general sale, and if available, they will be sold at the market rate.

Maps and Directions

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns, email us at barth.center@ptsem.edu or call us at 609-524-1981.

Please allow at least three business days for an email response.

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