Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Sadly those super-tight pressure stockings I have been wearing for the last couple of weeks after my varicose vein treatment have come off. Sadly? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s a massive release. Today the phlebologist:

a. stuck needles into the pockets of blood and vein and squeezed out the leftover blood.

b. laughed when I told him of the curious and changing pattern of bruises over the last two weeks.

c. told me that the body actually dissolves the veins, appropriates some of the stuff and gets rid of the rest.

The last point explains much. I have been thoroughly intrigued by the shifting tender spots, the strange pains in different parts, the moving bruises … One major vein system in the right leg has been completely closed down, so many of the most intense sensations are there. A bit weird to feel it but not see it happening. And then of course a few new veins will grow.


FINAL CALL for PAPERS: Bible and Critical Theory Seminar, 1-2 September, 2012

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2012

Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:

Caroline Blyth: c.blyth[at]
Robert Myles: robertjmyles[at]

Details (see also Auckland theology blog).

Date for seminar: 1-2 September 2012

Venue: Queen’s Ferry Hotel

Now in its fifteenth year, the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar once again steps over the ‘ditch’ to New Zealand, meeting this time in Auckland and under the watchful and sober guidance of Robert Myles and Caroline Blyth.

Papers for the seminar typically seek intersections between critical theory and the Bible, both interpreted broadly. We understand critical theory as deriving initially from the Frankfurt School (more fully, the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt am Main) and the work of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, but now enriched and broadened by a host of other methods. These approaches include but are not restricted to post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, Marxism, ecocriticism and queer studies. Some of these approaches are new, whereas others have been revitalized after the 1960s. Thus, critical theory incorporates the initial impetus of the Frankfurt School, while significantly broadening its mandate.

The international reach of the seminar has grown, spawning a ‘Bible, Critical Theory and Reception Seminar’ meeting in the UK under the auspices of W. John Lyons and James Crossley, the Bible and Critical Theory Journal, which has entered its eighth year of publication, and our comrade, the journal Relegere.