I’m pleased to say that I’ll be back as a speaker at the conference. I really enjoyed – and learned a lot – at last year’s ‘Holy Ghosts’ festival. Not only was it interesting to catch up on what Pete is up to is his work, it was a great chance to interact with passionate people from across the world who are finding their way spiritually and morally through our post-modern social and political landscapes.
You can watch a promotional video about the festival here:
One of the big names who will be coming to Belfast this year is Prof John Caputo, a world leading philosopher.
You can buy tickets for the festival on Rollins’ website, which also includes a fuller description of speakers and events. The cost is £300 – but there is a lot packed in to four days:
Tricksters are transgressive figures that tarry with the gods. They play hazardous games that shake up heaven for the sake of earth. They’re harbingers of disruption, mischievous figures who carry chaos into the heart of any system that oppresses people or justifies the status quo.
In this festival of incendiary ideas Peter will not only be speaking, but will also hand pick a collection of subversive artists, musicians, poets, activists and thinkers to shine light on how we might become tricksters within our own religious, political and cultural contexts.
We have yet to announce the artists involved, but the speakers will include,
- World-renowned philosopher John Caputo. John is a lecturer and writer with dozens of books, including The Weakness of God(Winner of the 2007 AAR award for Constructive-Reflective Studies in Religion) and What Would Jesus Deconstruct (Winner of the ForeWord Magazine Best Philosophy Book of 2007). He’s also been one of the primary influences behind Peter’s work.
- The “Godfather of Punk” Terri Hooley. In the 1970’s N.Ireland was being torn apart by violence. But in the midst of this Terri opened up a record shop on the most bombed street in Europe. A shop that quickly became a focal point for the local music scene. He went on the found a grass roots record label and released music from bands in the Belfast punk and ska scene. A colossus of the N.I. music scene, Terri is a living legend. His bravery and dogged determination sparked a punk revolution that put Belfast of the musical map.
- Researcher and philosopher Katharine Moody. Katharine is a research assosiate in the department of philosophy at the University of Liverpool and is currently finishing up some books that are set to become key texts in Radical Theology.
- Cultural theorist Barry Taylor. Barry runs an alternative church community in LA and is starting a collective called Wakewith Peter in January. He teaches Contemporary Theology at Fuller and Cultural Theory at the Art Center College of Design.
- Sociologist Gladys Ganiel. Gladys lectures in Conflict Resolution and Reconcilation at Trinity College Dublin and has undertaken extensive research in forms of life directly influenced by Peter and Radical Theology. She co-authored The Deconstructed Church(with Gerardo Marti), and spent years studing ikon.
- BBC journalist William Crawley. William is one of the BBC’s leading current affairs host who specialises in books, religion and ethics. He read theology at Princeton (B.A., M Phil) and has a PhD in philosophy. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Fellow of the British-American Project, recieved a PhD for services to broadcasting and was a recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship.
There are only 40 places available and the ticket does not include food or accommodation (although we’ll give you some cheap options). There will also be pre-event drinks on the evening of the 13th to give everyone a chance to hang out and get to know each other.
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