Colloque Karl Barth 2019

Karl Barth’s Römerbrief 100 years later Retrospect and Prospect
Le Römerbrief de Karl Barth 100 ans plus tard, quelle actualité?

An International Theological Conference

University of Geneva (Switzerland), June 5-7, 2019

Languages of the Conference : French, English and German

A few month after the Great War, in 1919, a young unknown pastor published a commentary on the epistle to the Romans that would become one of the great theological works of the 20th century. In opposition to the liberal and conservative theology of his time, Karl Barth offered a new reading of the central Pauline text in which God reveals Godself as wholly Other.

A century later, what should we make of this text, rooted as it is in the post-World War I period and its social and theological conflicts? Bringing together experts in the field and young researchers from different continents, the international und multidisciplinary conference organized by the Faculty of Theology of the University of Geneva June 5-7 2019 invites both retrospective and prospective responses to this question.

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Quelques mois après la grande Guerre, en 1919, un jeune pasteur méconnu publie un commentaire de l’Épitre aux Romains qui va devenir l’une des œuvres théologiques majeures du 20e siècle. Contre la théologie libérale et conservatrice de son temps, Karl Barth propose une nouvelle lecture de l’œuvre principale de l’apôtre Paul où Dieu se révèle comme le Tout-Autre. 

Un siècle plus tard, que reste-t-il de ce livre, contextuel par son enracinement dans la période de la guerre et des conflits théologiques et sociaux de son temps ? C’est à cela qu’essayera de répondre le colloque international et multidisciplinaire organisé par la Faculté de théologie de l’Université de Genève du 5 au 7 juin 2019. Ce colloque fera se rencontrer à la fois les expert-e-s du domaine et de jeunes chercheuses et chercheurs de divers continents.

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF

Public lectures

  • Beverly Gaventa (Baylor University, USA)
  • Jean-Luc Marion (Académie française and University of Chicago)

Conference papers

  • Hans-Christoph Askani (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • John Barclay (Durham University, UK)
  • Benoît Bourgine (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
  • Philippe Büttgen (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
  • J. Kameron Carter (Duke Divinity School, USA)
  • Christophe Chalamet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • François Dermange (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Andreas Dettwiler (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Mark W. Elliott (University of St. Andrews, UK)
  • Anthony Feneuil (University of Lorraine, France)
  • Michaël Foessel (École polytechnique, France)
  • Pierre Gisel (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Matthias Gockel (University of Basel, CH)
  • Emmanuel Gougaud (Service national pour l’unité des chrétiens, France)
  • Jean Grondin (University of Montréal, Canada)
  • Elio Jaillet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Cambria Kaltwasser (Northwestern College, USA)
  • Declan Kelly (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Pierre Manent (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France)
  • Amy Marga (Luther Seminary, USA)
  • Bruce McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Andrew J. Peterson (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Shannon Nicole Smythe (Seattle Pacific University, USA)
  • Sarah Stewart-Kroeker (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Michael J. Thate (Princeton University, USA)
  • Brandon Watson (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Claudia Welz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Derek Alan Woodard-Lehman (University of Otago, New Zealand)
  • Matthias Wüthrich (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Matthias Zeindler (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Luke Zerra (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Philip Ziegler (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Peter Zocher (University of Basel, Switzerland)


Organizing Committee: François Dermange, Andreas Dettwiler, Elisabeth Parmentier and Sarah Stewart-Kroeker