Lectures and Events

“From Blake’s ‘Eternal Great Humanity Divine’ to Confucian Jūnzǐ 君子: Apophatic Paths between Post- and Pre-Modern Secularity and Divinity” KEYNOTE SPEECH for Conference “Between Humanity and Divinity: In Literature, Art, Religion and Culture” of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS), National Chi Nan University, Taiwan, October19-20, 2018

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“Outline of an Apophatic Approach to an Intercultural Philosophy of Universalism,”  24th World Congress of Philosophy, Section 19: Intercultural Philosophy, Beijing, August 13-20, 2018

 

“Voice and the Taking Place of Language: Disrupting the Reflexive Cohesion of Tradition.” Theology and Poetry Workshop on “Theology, Poetry, and Disruptive Voices,” St. Peter’s College, Adelaide, Australia, June 18-20, 2018

“Negative Theology and Negative Poetics: A Strained Relationship or an Elective Affinity?”          KEYNOTE SPEECH for Conference on “Theology and the Arts,” St. Francis Theological College of Charles Sturt University, Brisbane, Australia, June 15-17, 2018

“Apophatic Mysticism as Paradigm of Learned Ignorance,” KEYNOTE LECTURE for Conference “Paths Beyond Words: The Ways of Unknowing in Early Modernity” at the Centre for Research and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) and Humanities Research Centre (HRC), University of York, UK, June 1, 2018

CFP for “Beyond Words”

“Negative Theology, Poetic Prophecy, and the Religious Bonding of Society,” Lecture Series: “Lecturas sobre Religión y sociedad” Department of Philosophy, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, May 15, 2018

 

“Dante and the Crisis of Representation in the Modern Age,”  2018 MLA Panel on Crisis in Dante, New York, Modern Language Association National Convention, New York City, January 4-7, 2018

“How to Read the Bible:Can Fundamentalists and Secularists be Brought into Dialogue,”                          Lake Forest Place, December 21, 2017

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The Other Italian Renaissance: Between Religion and Humanism, Dante to Vico, Newberry Library Research Methods Workshop, Chicago, October 13, 2017

 

“Poetry as Prophecy: From Anthropological Origins to Postmodern Apocalypses,” Keynote Speech for The Prophetic Word: Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation, Fifth Power of the Word Project Interdisciplinary Conference, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, September 13-16, 2017

FINAL.1 Power of the Word final call for papers_0

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

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Audio Recording of Oxford Poetic Prophecy Lecture, Part 1

Audio Recording of Oxford Poetic Prophecy Lecture, Part 2

Audio Recording of Oxford Poetic Prophecy Lecture, Part 3 (Questions & Answers)

“Traumepistemologie und religiöse Offenbarung in Dantes Vita Nuova,” DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2021 “Europäische Traumkulturen,” University of Saarbrücken, 13 June, 2017

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Gastvortrag announcement

Video Recording

Saarbrücken Graduiertenkolleg

Me explaining w Susanna und Stierle

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“Writing as Theophany,” Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 6 June 2017

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“Apophatic Paths from Europe to China,” Keynote Speech, Conference on Mysticism in a Comparative Perspective, University of Glasgow, Scotland, December 14-16, 2016

VIDEO-RECORDING

Video Recording of Glasgow lecture with response by Victoria Harrison

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=0nPE5IvKKiE

Conference website

Conference Program

Besharma Magazine – Interview with George Pattison about Comparative Mysticism 2016 Conference

Glasgow Keynote Chapel(large)

 

“Liberal Arts Education as Learned Ignorance: From an East Asian Vantage Point,” 60th Anniversary Lecture, Beijing Capitol University of Business and Economics (CUEB), Beijing, October 14, 2016

 





“Apophatische Theologie und neuzeitliche Philosophie” [Apophatic Theology and its Effects in Modern Philosophy], Summer-Semester Seminar, invited by Prof. Wilhelm Essler, Philosophy Department, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt, August 2-6, 2016

link to Goethe University Frankfurt seminar

seminar announcement

ICLA (International Comparative Literature Association) Weltkongress, University of Vienna, July 21-27 2016

“Sprache der Migration. Migration der Sprache. Transkulturelle Literatur im Zeitalter der Globalisierungsprozesse”

“Universality of Knowledge and Specialization at the University: A Path from France to China,” KEYNOTE SPEECH for International Academic Conference to Inaugurate the School of Foreign Studies, Beijing Capitol University of Business and Economics (CUEB), Beijing, May 26, 2016

 

 

“Books, Bread, and Bubbles: or How to Read Dante Backwards and Forwards in Time on the Way to China.”   Vanderbilt University, Nashville, April 6, 2016

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2016 Annual Dante Lecture: Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago, Illinois, February 27, 2015

The Apotheosis of Self-Reflection: Dante and the Inauguration of the Modern Era,

Flyer-Franke

Medieval Academy Blog

Saturday February 27, 2016

Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante, Graduate Workshop, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago, Illinois, February 26, 2015

Graduate Workshop at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago

 

Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies

Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante

Dante Alighieri, Paradiso, 1502. Newberry Wing ZP 535 .A354.

Dante Alighieri, Paradiso, 1502. Newberry Wing ZP 535 .A354. Click image to enlarge.

William Franke, Vanderbilt University

Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame

Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Friday, February 26, 2016

9 am to 5 pm

Room 101

Led by William Franke, Vanderbilt University, and Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame
Application deadline: December 1
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

One recent approach to research on Dante emphasizes the use of poetry as a vehicle of religious discourse and even of theological revelation. Dante has a paradigmatic value for this topic that has widely influenced study throughout numerous subfields of literature and religion, intensely engaging a considerable variety of medieval and Renaissance writers—mystics and humanists alike.

This workshop will bring together Dante scholars who have given decisive impulses to the new theologically—and at the same time theoretically—oriented readings of Dante, to suggest how the techniques developed in Dante studies might be applied to the study of other authors and even to Biblical literature. Key to this undertaking is understanding the theology of the divine Word not as a dogmatic system but as interpreting a dimension of literary communication, a dimension of the poetic word that in some ways can transcend pragmatic contexts of communication. Such interdisciplinary study moves the traditional disciplines of theology and philology into a new kind of dynamic interaction.

Learn more about the workshop directors:

William Franke, Vanderbilt University
Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame

*“Negative Theology” Philippine Academy of Philosophical Research, University of Santo Tomas (“The Catholic University of the Philippines”), Manila, Philippines, December 6, 2015

“Theological Revelation and Secular Reason:  Critical Proposals for a Meeting of Minds and Cultures,” Guest Lecture Department of Philosophy, Pontifical & Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines,December 5, 2015

 

Keynote Speech at International Academic Symposium: “The Orient vs. The Occident: Cultural Exchanges and Influences,”  Foreign Language Department of Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, November 27-29, 2015

会议议程安排CUEB conference programme(1) with keynote speech: “The Tradition of Chinese Classics and the Idea of World Literature Today”

Post-Conference News Release

Beijing International Symposium 2016























东方与西方:文化的交流与影响
国际学术研讨
The International Symposium on
The Orient vs. The Occident: Cultural Exchanges and Influences
会议日程
11:00-12:00 Main Hall, Fragrant Hill Hotel

 

 

Keynote Speech

SessionChair

Professor Zhang Hua

3.The Chinese system of world literature: Cross East and West Civilizations

(Professor Fang Hanwen, Doctoral Supervisor and the Director of Comparative Literature and Civilization Study Center at Soochow University)

4. The Tradition of the Chinese Classics and the Idea of World Literature Today

(William Paul Franke, a philosopher of the humanities and literary theorist, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Macao)

AAR (American Academy of Religion) Annual Meeting), Atlanta, November 24, 2015

Exploratory Session on Negative Theologies and Apophaticism

Seminar with Philippe Beck, Philosophy, University of Macao, October 26, 2015

“Apophatic Paths from Europe to Asia: A Personal Philosophical Journey”                   Center for Zhouyi and Ancient Chinese Philosophy, Shandong University, China, October 20, 2015

Shandong University Seminar

International Summit Dialogue and Forum:  What is World Literature? Tension between the Local and the Universal,                              Beijng Normal University, 16-17 October, 2015

Conference online Program

Beijing Normal University, October 16-17, 2015

Global Ethics and Politics in Relation to Ecological Philosophy,27th International Conference of Philosophy (IAGP), Athens-Vouliagmeni, July 10-16, 2015

“From the Globalism of Nature to the Universality of Thought: Bringing Universalist Ethics and Politics back into Ecological Harmony by the Apophatic Way”

27th ICOP-Programme

Die Thematik der Weisheit in den Idiota- Schriften des Nikolaus von Kues, Universität Tübingen, June 5-6, 2015

Conference Programme

PhilHist’15: History of Philosophy Conference on “Interactions,” Eastern Mediterranean Research Center, Istanbul, Turkey, May 14-16, 2015

Cognitive Universality between Science and Humanities

Transcendence and Immanence in Intercultural Philosophy

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Press Release covering event

FAH holds international conference on intercultural philosophy 人文學院辦國際研討會探討跨文化哲學

Transcendence and Immanence in Intercultural Philosophy – Proposal

Transcendence and Immanence in Intercultural Philosophy – Program

Transcendence and Immanence in Intercultural Philosophy – Abstracts

Transcendence and Immanence in Intercultural Philosophy – Biographies

What is Apophatic Thinking and Why is it Relevant Today? Discussions around William Franke’s A Philosophy of the Unsayable

Book Colloquium Program

Book Colloquium Proposal and Rationale

Colloquium Participant Biographies

For Videtape of recorded lectures, see page “Media Documents” on this website

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy Café: Philosophical Universalism and the Role of China in the World Today

Philosophy Café – Cunha Foundation site with multiple pictures of the events

Philosophy café – picture (1st)

Philosophy cafe – press article

Macau Daily Times article online:  “Philosophy Cafés to Spur Critical Thinking”

 

Religion, Cognition, Science (January 2015)

Conference Programme – final

Abstracts of Presentations

Chinese University of Hong Kong Philosophy Lecture

Lecture announcement

Book Interviews (Conversations with Chris Benda about three of recent books by William Franke)

Dante and the Sense of Transgression

The Revelation of Imagination: From the Bible and Homer through Virgil and Augustine to Dante

A Philosophy of the Unsayable

Videotaped Lecture : Rethinking Cultural Universality Today and The Question of Theological Transcendence

Rethinking Cultural Universality Today and The Question of Theological Transcendence

NEH Summer Institute on Dante, poetry, philosophy and the city of Florence

“Self-Reflection and the Theological Apotheosis of Lyric in the Paradiso

NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Institute:

Dante’s Divine Comedy, poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence

Florence, July 21-24, 2014

Faculty biographies

Summer NEH Institute Announcement

 

20th Symposium of the Académie du midi:  Wisdom East and West.
Alet-les-bains, France, June 8-14, 2014

Jungcusaner Symposium                           (“Wissensformen bei Nicolaus Cusanus”) Kueser Akademie für Europäische  Geistesgeschichte                                                        Berncastle-Kues, Germany, May 26-28, 2014

Critical Theory and the Way:
A Symposium on Kantian Paradigms and Prospects in East Asia

Philosophy and Religious Studies Program,  University of Macao

Link to Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Seminar on Knowledge and the Humanities, Faculty of Arts and
Humanities University of Macao

The 1st Faculty of Arts and Humanities Seminar on Humanities

‘KNOWLEDGE AND THE HUMANITIES’

Date: 30 April 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 1430-1600
Venue: RG09

Language: English
Other information will be announced soon.

Speakers:

Prof. Martin Montgomery
Chair Professor of English

Prof. William Franke
Professor Catedrático of Philosophy and Religions
Professor of Comparative Literature

All are Welcome.

Lecture and Seminar at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of English, April 11, 2014

Events & Seminars
“Porphyry’s Hermeneutics of Revelation and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature” by Prof. William Franke
Date:
11 Apr 2014
Time:
11:30 am
Speaker:
Prof. William Franke, Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, The University of Macau
Topic:
Porphyry’s Hermeneutics of Revelation and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature
Venue:
E-Zone, 3/F Fung King Hey Building
Porphyry’s in the Cave of the Nymphs inaugurates a style of philosophico-allegorical interpretation of literary texts that flourished in antiquity and that finds analogues in criticism down to the present. It is distinguished by its use of literary interpretation to think through speculative problems of philosophy and theology. Although it became suspect in terms of Enlightenment philological principles prescribing interpretation of the text. In its own terms, this kind of criticism reveals the originally philosophical motives and purpose of literary criticism and restores to literature the vocation of disclosing a properly poetic truth higher than that of fact or history. The history of this type of speculative criticism stemming from Porphyry reading of Homer is then traced forward through Latin allegorical readings of epic revolving around Virgil. This itinerary highlights the perennial and inevitable tensions between philological and philosophical approaches to interpreting literature as a revelation of truth, even of theological truth.

Porphyry’s Hermeneutics of Revelation and the Philosophical Interpretation of Literature

 

International Conference on The Force of Imagination, University of Macao

Download the Conference Program

Symposium on 2013 book: Dante and the Sense of Transgression, ICU, Tokyo, Japan

“Transgression and Transcendence: What Makes Religion Radical?”

ICU conference poster.in Word-5Program

Symposium on Dante and the Sense of Transgression: ‘The Trespass of the Sign’

Seminar at ICU Institute for Christian and Culture

International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, October 10-11, 2013

Ganymede.pdf

International Speakers Series on “The Future of the Humanities,” ICU, Tokyo, Japan

“The Humanities and the Ideal of Wholeness—Epic Pasts, Partisan Presents, Plural Futures”

International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2013

The 5th Lecture of the 50th Anniversery series

CERISY Colloquium on François Jullien, Cerisy-la-Salle (France)

Des Possibles de la pensée: Autour des travaux de François JullienSeptember 14-21, 2013
Prospectus
ProgrammeReportage by Daniel BougnouxLa Croix

Debating with François Jullien (left), Fabian Heubel (right):

23rd World Congress of Philosophy:  Philosophy as Inquiry and as Way of LifeSchool of Philosophy, University of Athens, Greece, August 2-11, 2013

Video of  session +          YouTube Video (but with poor sound quality)
+                         Athens lecture sound track (minutes 33-55 in tape)
“Thinking in the Gap between the Cultures of Greece and China:  Apophatic Universalism”
(minutes 33-55 in tape)

“Thinking in the Gap between the Cultures of Greece and China: Apophatic Universalism” (My Videotaped Lecture)

 

International Agamben Conference, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei (Taiwan)

“Except Asia: Agamben’s Work in Transcultural Perspective”
Taipei, June 25-27, 2013

“Agamben’s Logic of Exception: Its Apophatic Roots and Offshoots”

International Summer Seminar on Theological Dimensions of Dante’s Work, Tantur Ecumenical Institute  (Israel)

Tantur Institute, Jerusalem:  Program
June 17-28, 2013

Humboldt Colloquium: Nature, Time, Responsibility, University of Macao (China)

Humboldt Colloquium:  Nature, Time, Responsibility
April 12-14, 2013

University of Toronto Italian Studies: Conference on Literature and Religion (Canada)

Program

Toronto Italian Literature & Religion University of Toronto 2012 Booklet

International Forum for Advanced Research in English Studies, University of Macao (China)

Program:  Suffering in Literature

 

Ende oder Umbau einer Erlösungsreligion? at University of Bochum (Germany)

Program
Projektskizze

Interogating Cosmopolitan Conviviality: New Dimensions of the European in Literature, University of Bamberg (Germany)

International Conference:  Universität Bamberg, May 24-35, 2012 Program

“Deconstruction, Negative Theology, and Open Togetherness in the European Tradition”

Pictures and Press Release

Keynote Speech for Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory at UNISA (University of South Africa)

“Memory: Impressions, Expressions, Reflections: An Interdisciplinary Conference”

Memory-conference-programme

 

Round Table on “Secularization andLiterature,” MLA (Modern Language Association) National Convention,
Seattle, January 6, 2012

‘Several of the most provocative, insightful scholars at the intersection of religion and literature will be participating on a panel entitled “Literature and Secularization” (Friday, 3:30-4:45, WSCC 617). Facilitated by Susannah Brietz Monta (Notre Dame, and editor of Religion and Literature), this roundtable will feature Lori Branch (Iowa, author of Rituals of Spontaneity); John Cox (Hope College,Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith); Tracy Fessenden (Arizona State, Culture and Redemption); William Franke (Vanderbilt, Poetry and Apocalypse); Colin Lovell Jager (Rutgers, New Brunswick, The Book of God); and Michael W. Kaufmann (Temple, coordinator of recent Religion and Literature forum, “Locating the Postsecular”).’

–Everett Hamner,  http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2011_12_01_archive.html

European Studies Lecture, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong

School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong

Lecture Announcement

Distinguished Lecture Series, English Department, University of Macao

UMAC English Dept. Newsletter11.pdf

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Univeristy of Macau

Seminar on Emily Dickinson, Department of English, University of Macao

 

“Reading Emily Dickinson: Three Approaches to One of her Poems,”
with linguist Martin Montgomery and translator Zhang Meifang,
University of Macao, Department of English Seminar Series, October 21, 2011

University of Hong Kong Lecture:The Holistic Ideal of the Humanities and Religious Revelation: Linguistic-Cultural Diaspora or a New Universality? November 7, 2011

 

Philosophy Colloquium, CERISY, Centre Culturel International (France)

William Franke, “Le commencement et la fin de la philosophie dans le mysticisme apophatique : de Platon au postmodernisme”  [The Beginning and the End of Philosophy in Apophatic Mysticism : From Plato to Postmodernism]. August 27, 2011

CERISY-la-Salle (France) Colloque: « Philosophie et Mystique: Autour de Stanislas Breton », August 25-September 1, 2011

Colloquium organized by Jean Greisch, Jérôme Du Gramont, Marie-Odile Métra

Programme Argument Resumes.docx

CERISY–Le chateau depuis l’Orangerie

Communication à CERISY,
Philosophie et Mystique

Public Lecture, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose, University of Urbino (Italy)

”Dante e la teologia negativa” [Dante and Negative Theology]
Seminari d’estate,
August 18, 2011                           Press release

With Professor Andrea Aguti (left) and Professor Piergiorgio Grassi (right)

With Andrea Aguti (left) and Piergiorgio Grassi (right)

Keynote Speech, Ancient and Medieval Colloquium, University of Bamberg (Germany)

Erfahren, Erzählen, Erinnern: Narrative Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter

[Record, Relate, Remember:  Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages]

4. Internationale Nachwuchstagung des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs     [4th International Postgraduate Colloquium–DFG (German Research Foundation)]

Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg, An der Universität, Raum U2/025, 2-4 März 2011

Keynote14.00-15.30

”Letargo and the Argo”: Total Forgetting as the Moment of Truth at the Climax
of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Christian Epic Tradition

William Franke (Nashville, TN)

 


Review Article from Interview by Monika Beer, Fränkischer Tag, March 11, 2011
:
„Wahrheit ist immer auch unwahr” (“Truth is always also untrue“)

Bamberg Conference complete program

Audio Interview on Classical Epic and Humanities Education

Interview with Vanderbilt Divnity librarian Chris Benda on The Revelation of Imagination

Plenary Address for the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Turkey

12th International Conference of the ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas):
“Thought in Science and Fiction”
Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey
August 2-4, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, afternoon sessions, 1:30 – 5:00:

Plenary Session – William Franke, The Scientific Paradigm and the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities — Blue Hall, 1:30 pm.

Keynote Address, Nordic Dante Network, Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trivium Announcement of Keynote Lecture: Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Philosophy and Literature Forthcoming Events

CFP: Call for Papers

Abstracts of  lectures for Nordic Dante Network

Salzburg Critical Theory and Theology Lecture – Zentrum Theologie Interkulturell

University of Salzburg Classics Lecture

 

Vorträge klassische Philologie

 Porphyry and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature
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Annual Religion and Literature Lecture, University of Notre Dame

Picture Extras

Miscellaneous News Releases

Collegium Phenomenlogicum, Perugia, Italy, Summer 1993

Vanderbilt University Daily Register.mht

Fulbright Scholar grant.docx

Fulbright Scholar grants.pdf

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