Kenneth G. MacKendrick teaches in the Department of Religion, University of Manitoba. 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, myth and mythmaking, and religion and the imagination. MacKendrick’s teaching interests include contemporary Christianity, evil and world religions, method and theory in the study of religion, myth and mythmaking, and religion in popular culture. His current research focuses on theorizing the scope and function of the imagination in culture.
Kenneth G. MacKendrick
Evil: A Critical Primer (forthcoming, Equinox Press)
Refereed Journal Articles
2018. “Does Past Religion have a Past? Habermas, Religion, and the Sacred Complex. Critical Research on Religion 6(3) (in press).
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.
“The Ion Canon Will Fire Several Shots to Make Sure Any Enemy Ships Will be Out of Your Flight Path” (forthcoming, The Myth Awakens: Canon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars edited by John Lyden and Ken Derry, Cascade Books).
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
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
“Classification: It’s about Time!” Medieval and Modern III: Creation and Destruction. University of Manitoba, March 2017.
“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.