After Atheism: Religion, Literature and Science
A Symposium with Terry Eagleton: Saturday 24th April 2010
Storey Creative Industries Centre
Meeting House Lane
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9. 30 AM REGISTRATION PERIOD
‘The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11’
Arthur Bradley and Andrew Tate (Lancaster University)
11.00 AM TEA AND COFFEE BREAK
‘Atheism after Atheism’
Gavin Hyman (Lancaster University)
‘Who’s Afraid of Darwin? What Biology Can Offer the Humanities’
John Cartwright (University of Chester)
12.30 PM: LUNCH
‘The Jihad of Words: Karbala Narratives after Atheism’
Abir Hamdar (Lancaster University)
‘The Hospitality of Christian Reading’
Mark Knight (University of Roehampton)
3.00 PM TEA AND COFFEE BREAK
‘God and the War on Terror’
Terry Eagleton (Lancaster University)
5.00 PM CLOSE
Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Professor of English Literature in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is one of the world’s leading literary critics and the author of more than 50 books. Prior to his move to Lancaster, Terry Eagleton was John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature at the University of Manchester (2001-2008) and before that Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford (1992-2001). His most recent works include How to Read a Poem (2008); Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009) and On Evil (2010).
Arthur Bradley is Senior Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is the author of Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy (2004); Derrida's Of Grammatology: A Philosophical Guide and (with Andrew Tate) The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11 (2010).
John Cartwright is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Chester. He is the author of Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature (2000); Evolutionary Explanations of Human Behaviour (2001) and (with Brian Baker) Literature and Science (2005).
Abir Hamdar is Research Associate on the AHRC Islamism in Arab Fiction and Film Project in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She recently completed a PhD on contemporary Arabic literature at SOAS and has published a number of critical articles and short stories on gender, illness/disability, exile, and jihad. Her play ‘The Silicone Bomb’ has been performed in Beirut, Alexandria and Amman.
Gavin Hyman is Lecturer in Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. He is the author of The Predicament of Postmodern Theology: Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism? (2001) and editor of New Directions in Philosophical Theology: Essays in Honour of Don Cupitt (2004). His forthcoming book is A Short History of Atheism (2010).
Mark Knight is Reader in English Literature in the Department of English at the University of Roehampton. He is the author of An Introduction to Religion and Literature (2009); Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction (2006) and (co-written with Emma Mason) Chesterton and Evil (2004). He is co-editor of the series New Directions in Religion and Literature (Continuum).
Andrew Tate is Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is the author of Douglas Coupland (2007); Contemporary Fiction and Christianity (2008) and (with Arthur Bradley) The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11 (2010).
This symposium takes place in the Lecture Theatre in the Storey Creative Industries Centre on Meeting House Lane in Lancaster city centre. Please note: the Storey is not on Lancaster University campus, which is located some 3 miles away from the city centre! See the map at the end of this programme for directions.
If you are travelling by car, leave the M6 motorway at junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster. Follow signs for the city centre and park. The Storey is located on Meeting House Lane, the main road linking the city centre to Lancaster Railway Station.
If you are travelling by rail, there are direct rail links between Lancaster and London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and major cities in Scotland. The Storey is an easy 3 minute walk away from Lancaster Railway Station on Meeting House Lane, the main road into the city centre.
FOOD AND DRINK
Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch can be purchased either from the Storey Café or from one of the numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants in Lancaster city centre.
If you are planning to stay overnight, we would be grateful if you could book your own accommodation. In Lancaster city centre, you will find a variety of accommodation available to suit all budgets but we would particularly recommend the following, all of which are within easy walking distance of the symposium venue:
The Sun Hotel
63-65 Church Street
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1ET
Tel: 01524 66006
Penny Street Bridge Hotel
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1
Tel: 01524 599 900
Royal King’s Arms Hotel
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1
Tel: 01524 32451
STOREY CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CENTRE
Meeting House Lane
Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Tel: 01524 509000