Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Colby Dickinson, PhD

Title/s:  Loyola University Chicago


CV Link: Dickinson CV 2017


Colby Dickinson completed a BA in literature at Truman State University (1998), an MTS at Duke Divinity School (2000), an MA in Theology, Religious Education at Saint Louis University (2006), an MAS in Theology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium (2008), and STB, STL, PhD and STD degrees also completed at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2012). He also taught religion in a secondary school setting at Incarnate Word Academy (Saint Louis, MO) from 2001-2007. He has published and researches on the relationship of contemporary continental thought and systematic theology, mainly focusing on the works of Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Paul Ricoeur.

Program Areas

Systematic theology

Research Interests

Political theology, Continental philosophy and theology, contextual theologies (feminist, postcolonial)

Selected Publications

  • Between the Canon and the Messiah: The Structure of Faith in Contemporary Continental Thought, ‘Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy’, London: Continuum, 2013 (forthcoming).
  • Agamben and Theology, ‘Philosophy and Theology’, London: T&T Clark, 2011.
  • The Postmodern ‘Saints’ of France, London: T&T Clark, 2013 (forthcoming).
  • ‘The poetic atheology of Giorgio Agamben: Defining the scission between poetry and philosophy’, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 45:1 (2012) 203–217.
  • ‘Biopolitics and the theological body: On the apparent absence of gender in the work of Giorgio Agamben’, Annali d'Italianistica 29 (2011) 189–203.
  • ‘Beyond violence, beyond the text: The role of gesture in Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben, and its affinity with the work of René Girard’, The Heythrop Journal 52 (2011) 952–961.
  • ‘The logic of the ‘as if’ and the existence of God: An inquiry into the nature of belief in the work of Jacques Derrida’, Derrida Today 4:1 (2011) 86–106.