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Kierkegaard, Contagion, Class, and Corporeal Vulnerability

The coronavirus pandemic and its simultaneous threats of viral infection, social disruption, and economic collapse call for a reconsideration of the implications of corporeal vulnerability. We invite paper proposals on Kierkegaard’s thought in regard to the intersection of contagion, corporeal vulnerability, and economic and social factors. Possible topics to be addressed might include Kierkegaard and the cholera epidemics of the 19th century, which Kierkegaard saw as an edifying pedagogy for selfhood; Kierkegaard on the significance of the body’s vulnerability; Kierkegaard on the tension between individuality and the variables of social location, such as class; and Kierkegaard on “the single individual” and the destructive potential of isolation, loneliness, and feelings of abandonment.

Mission Statement:

This Unit seeks to explore the significance of the religious thought and ethics of Kierkegaard for contemporary culture in its various aspects — social, political, ecclesiastical, theological, philosophical, and aesthetic.

Method of Submission:




Lee Barrett, lbarrett@lancasterseminary.edu

Jennifer Veninga, jennv@stedwards.edu


Steering Committee:

Nigel Hatton, nhatton@ucmerced.edu

Natalia Marandiuc, nmarandiuc@smu.edu

Marilyn Piety, mp34@drexel.edu

Vanessa Rumble, rumble@bc.edu

Carson Webb, carsonwebb@piedmont.edu

Eric Ziolkowski, ziolkowe@lafayette.edu


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2023