Sacrifice and the Body beyond Metaphysics

Conferences and Workshops

This workshop examined the concept of sacrifice and its relationship to the body from the perspectives of philosophy, theology and gender studies. Historically, sacrifice has been discussed primarily as a metaphysical concept within the realm of ethics. However, feminist scholars in philosophy and theology have increasingly focused on the embodied nature of sacrifice and its concrete impact on the (mainly female) body.

The workshop explored the approaches to sacrifice and the body, highlighting ways in which they differ and overlap. We sought a nuanced understanding of sacrifice, one that acknowledges the ways in which the body is implicated in sacrificial acting and the differential impact of sacrifice on different bodies. In the broader sense, the workshop aimed for an embodied approach to sacrifice which can offer new insights into the nature of sacrifice itself, as well as its social and cultural significance.

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Morning Session 1 (psychoanalysis and existentialism)
9:30 getting together
9:45 till 11:15

    1. Caecille Varslev Pedersen
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

    2. Isabella Guanzini
    KU Linz, Austria

    commentary and moderation: Katerina Koci

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

Morning Session 2 (sacrifice and sovereignty)
11:45 till 13:15

    3. Luka Trebežnik 
    University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    4. Robert Yelle
    LMU Munich, Germany

    commentary and moderation: to be defined

13:15 - 14:00 Lunch at IWM

Afternoon Session followed by open discussion
14:15 till 17:00

    5. Dietmar Regensburger
    University of Innsbruck, Austria

    6. Gertrud Koch
    Free University, Berlin, Germany

    moderation and commentary: Ludger Hagedorn

18:00 Dinner


This is an invitation-only conference. IWM Fellows are welcome to attend as observers.