My wife and I just got home rom the Society of Continental Philosophy and Theology conference "Creation, Creatureliness, and Creativity: The Human Place in the Natural World"
Location- Loyola Marymount University in LA was quite nice. Our guests were hospitable and helpful. LA, on the otherhand, was...well...LA (excess consumerism, commercialism, lacking local stuff, and heavy traffic). The major let down was the weather: overcast and foggy much of the time.
Papers- Fantastic. Wirzba, Soskice, and Fultz (the keynotes) all delivered exceedingly clear and helpful papers. I do not think I heard a bad paper.
My Paper- It was probably on the "lower end" of helpfulness or quality, but it did bring up some good questions/convo. Being a theologian I was a bit out of my element....its always daunting to answer questions about thinkers you do not know all that well.
Originally, I was to give a 20 minute talk with 10 minutes of response, but the other presenter in my session arrived late due to airline trouble. So, I presented for 20 min. and responded to questions/facilitated conversation for 30 min. It was a bit daunting...but very helpful for me concerning the future of my research. The kind of conversation that followed felt right...everyone was involved! It seemed very redemptive.
All in all- The SCPT people were very nice. I appreciated my time with them and hope to participate again in the future. If I could sum up the papers with a string of words it would go as follows: limits, propriety, love, kinship, contingency, humility, grace, attentiveness, patience, and care!