Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ecstatic Naturalism 2013 conference

Third International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism

April 12-13th 2013, Drew University – Madison, NJ USA

Conference website link HERE.  
The Third International Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism continues the work of the first two Congresses in extending the philosophical and theological implications of ecstatic naturalism, a perspective originally developed by Professor Robert S. Corrington.  The point of origin for ecstatic naturalism is the ontological divide between nature naturing (natura naturans) and nature natured (natura naturata).  Nature naturing is defined as “nature perennially creating itself out of itself alone,” while nature natured is defined as “the innumerable orders of the world.”
The papers of this year’s Congress will focus on the relation of ecstatic naturalism to art and aesthetics.  Questions are raised as to whether and how art can transform or perhaps replace religion as the or a primary mode of comportment toward the world.  Historically the correlations of ecstatic naturalism to empirical and process metaphysics will be examined as will the roles psychoanalysis can play in both personal and social transformation, especially through art and a transfigured relation to nature.
The plenary speaker for the Congress is Ursula Goodenough, author of The Sacred Depths of Nature.

All sessions will be held in Seminary Hall

Friday, April 12th

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Wade Mitchell, “Turbulent Memories: The Uneasy Artifacts of an Aesthetic Religion”
Theresa Ellis, ”Science, Ecstatic Naturalism, and the Far Side of Nature”
1:45 – 3:15 PM
Kwang Yu Lee, “The Art of Corrington’s Aesthetic Naturalism: A Symphony of post-Freudian Psychoanalysis on Selving”
Jean Assis, ”Notions of Nature and the Correlation between Art and Religion: Exploring Inadequacies as an Attempt to Re-Enchant the World”
3:30 – 4:15 PM
Robert King, ”The Man Who Walked Through Signs: Colin Fletcher, Corrington, and the “Depth Dimension” of Nature Naturing”
4:20 – 4:55 PM
Group photograph and meditation in the book display room
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Martin O. Yalcin and Leon Niemoczynski, Panel on Nature’s Sublime and AJTP special issue: Corrington 3: From Ecstatic to Aesthetic Naturalism? 
6:00 – 7:00 PM
7:00 PM
Plenary Address: Being a Religious Naturalist, Ursula Goodenough – Washington University – Introduced by Laurel Kearns – Drew University

Saturday, April 13th

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Marilynn Lawrence, ”Authenticity and the Artist: Art as Sacred Unfolding”
Donald Crosby, ”Religious Symbols and Ecstatic Naturalism”
10:45 – 12:15 PM
Rafael Reyes, ”Signs of the Beautiful: Notions of Value in Ecstatic Naturalism and Process Naturalism”
Demian Wheeler, ”American Religious Empiricism and the Possibility of an Ecstatic Naturalist Process Metaphysics”
12:30 – 2:00 PM
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Elijah Prewitt-Davis, ”An Artist’s Faith: Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Death of God”
Abigail T. Wernicki, ”Ecstasy and the Will: Navigating the Terrain of the Ontological Wound”
3:45 – 5:15 PM
Nathan Greeley, ”Corrington and Romanticism: The Legacy of Romantic Art, Philosophy, and Theology in Ecstatic Naturalism”
Mark S. Cladis, ”Religion, Democracy and the Environmental Imagination: A Triscopic Ecopoetics”
6:00 – 8:00 PM
8:00 PM
Sublime Journeys in the Arts
Nature’s Sublime in Modern and Contemporary Visual Art , Sara Lynn Henry – Independent Curator and Art Historian
The Sublime in Contemporary Theatre: Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World - EM Lewis – Playwright – Sloane Drayson-Knigge Director.