Kenneth G. MacKendrick has taught in the Department of Religion, University of Manitoba since 2002. His doctoral thesis on the early writings of Jürgen Habermas was completed at the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto and has been published by Routledge as Discourse, Desire, and Fantasy in Jürgen Habermas’ Critical Theory (2008). He has also published articles on critical theory and religion, postmetaphysical thinking, discourse ethics, imaginary companions, thanatology, the writings of Chuck Palahniuk, and Marvel comics. MacKendrick’s teaching interests include contemporary Christianity, evil and world religions, method and theory in the study of religion, rituals of death and mourning, myth and mythmaking, the imagination, and religion in popular culture. His current research focuses on Habermas’s recent writings on religion as well as the relation between interstitial entities and games of make believe. He is a member of the editorial review board for the series Studies in Critical Research on Religion in association with Brill Academic Publishers and Haymarket Books, research associate of the Center for Critical Research on Religion, and editor of the Theory and Method section of the online journal Religion Compass.
Refereed Journal Articles:
2009. “Evil in World Religions at the University of Manitoba (2002-2008): An Introduction and Provocation.” Golem Journal of Religion and Monsters 3(1): 38-55.
1999. “The Aporetics of a Tennis Playing Brontosaurus, or, A Critical Theory of Religion: A Rejoinder to Russell McCutcheon and William Arnal.” Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 28(1): 77-83.
2006. “Intersubjectivity and Religious Language: Toward a Critique of Regressive Trends in Thanatology.” In Marx, Critical Theory, and Religion. Edited by Warren S. Goldstein, 179-201. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 2009. Chicago: Haymarket Books (paperback).
2004. with Christopher C. Brittain. “Max Horkheimer.” In Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 296: Twentieth-Century European Cultural Theorists, Second Series. Edited by Paul Hansom, 209-220. New York: Gale.
2004. “The Moral Imaginary of Discourse Ethics.” In Critical Theory After Habermas: Encounters and Departures. Edited by Wayne Hudson, Dieter Freundlieb, and John Rundell, 280-306. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.
Book Reviews, Roundtable Discussions, Encyclopedia Articles:
2015. “Postmetaphysical Thinking and the Philosophy of Religion.” Critical Review of Kevin Schilbrack’s Philosophy and the Study of Religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (forthcoming).
2014. “The Public Nature of Critical Discourses on ‘Religion.'” Critical Review of William Arnal and Russell McCutcheon’s The Sacred is the Profane. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 26: 122-130.
2003. with Christopher C. Brittain. “A Messiah for Marxism?” Review of The Fragile Absolute; or, Why is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For?, by Slavoj Žižek. Radical Philosophy Review 6(1): 51-58.
2014. With Jason Redden and Kathy Block. “Targeted Learning Session.” Path to Pedagogy 23 (1): 24.
Recent Conference Presentations
“Interstitial Entities and Affect: Living with the Dead.” The Affect Conference: Memory, Aesthetics, and Ethics. Winnipeg, Manitoba. September 2015.
“Interstitial Entities: A Topology of the Imagination.” Religious Studies Colloquium. Department of Religion, University of Regina. April 2015.