The Paradox of Nietzschean Atheism Conference Program 2014

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The Paradox of Nietzschean Atheism Conference Program 2014

The second annual Avello Publishing Journal Conference, 24 March 2014, will be hosted at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. The key note speaker is Lord Rowan Williams (Chancellor of the University of South Wales) who received the award of Doctor of Pastoral Theology at Anglia Ruskin University during 2013. Previously he conducted the royal marriage of HRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge whilst he was the Archbishop of Canterbury. Currently Lord Williams also has the post of Master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge. The key note talk will be introduced by Micheal Thorne (Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University) whose first class degree in Pure Mathematics and PhD in Computational Group Theory has allowed him to hold a variety of parliamentary appointments across Whitehall in London.

To participate in the Q & A, the required pre-reading is as follows:

Giles Fraser (2002) Redeeming Nietzsche: On the Piety of Unbelief. Routledge.

John Millbank (1990) Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason. Blackwell.

Rowan Williams (1994) Open to Judgement: Sermons and Addresses. Darton, Longman & Todd.

Slavoj Žižek & John Millbank (2009) The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? MIT Press.

The agenda for the evening is as follows:

6.30 – 6.55: Drinks Reception

7.00 – 7.05: Welcome by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne

7.05 – 7.45: Lord Rowan Williams talk - The Ethics of War in a New Era

7.45 – 8.00: Q & A, chaired by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne

Directions to the campus in Cambridge are easy to find as it is situated very close to the train station. Please note that we are unable to offer car parking on site unless you are a blue badge holder. The nearest public car park is at the Grafton Centre. Please then make your way to the Reception Desk in the Helmore Building, on East Road and you will be directed to the drinks reception.

If you would like to register your place at the conference, are a blue badge holder or have any other queries prior to the event then please do not hesitate to contact Nicola McLaren, Anglia Ruskin University, Corporate Events Officer via telephone or email her at

Travel and lodging is the same as the inaugural Avello Publishing Journal Conference as the event is in the same city again, thus see our 2013 program for symposium accommodation: