“Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion,” a book talk with the author, Rudolf J. Siebert

In this video, Ekpyrosis Press’ founder and Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Dustin J. Byrd, sits downs with Rudolf J. Siebert to discuss his latest book, “Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion.” This book contains essays from the 1970s to 2021, exploring the influence of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s influence on Marxism, theology, the Frankfurt School, and the Critical Theory of Religion.

Ekpyrosis Press sponsors the global roundtable: Weltschmerz: A Discourse on a Global Condition

On January 23, 2022, Ekpyrosis Press sponsored the global roundtable, “Weltschmerz: A Discourse on a Global Condition.” As discussed by the participants, the concept of “Weltschmerz,” or “world pain,” plagues much of the modern world. It is an existential fatigue that causes many to question the purpose of living. Why, we ask, has modernity created so much pain in the world? Why does it invade our lifeworld? Why can we no longer be happy? The participants included Dr. Dustin J. Byrd, Dr. Seyed Javad Miri, Dr. Toraj Gilbert Moradi, Dr. Mehdi Shariati, and Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Critical Social Theory.

Weltschmerz: A Discourse on a Global Condition

Ekpyrosis Press sponsors the roundtable discussion: Ali Shariati and Post-Colonial/Critical Social Theory

On November 28, 2021, Ekpyrosis Press sponsored a roundtable of scholars commemorating the 1975 death of the Iranian social theorist and revolutionary, Dr. Ali Shariati. Steeped within Iranian and Shi’i Islamic history, the scholars delved into the meaning of Shariati’s work, his relevance to today’s society, as well as his place within the pantheon of revolutionary theorists.

Participants included: Sayed Hassan Akhlaq (USA), Dustin J. Byrd (USA), Michael Naughton (UK), Seyed Javad Miri (Iran), Mehdi Shariati (USA), and Esmaeil Mehdi Zeiny (Malaysia)

“Ali Shariati and Post-Colonial/Critical Social Theory – Part 1”
“Ali Shariati and Post-Colonial/Critical Social Theory – Part 2”

In 2020, Ekpyrosis Press published Seyed Javad Miri’s book, Ali Shariati: Expanding the Sociological Canon.

Ekpyrosis Press sponsors the global roundtable event: “Philosophy and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century.”

On November 21, 2021, Ekpyrosis Press sponsored a global roundtable event entitled, “Philosophy and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century,” in celebration of the UN’s World Philosophy Day. The discourse among scholars from the US, UK, Iran, and Malaysia, covered a variety of topics, including modern challenges to philosophy, the political-economic and social role of philosophers, as well as man’s ability (and inability) to think beyond the given. The link to the two-part discourse can be found below.

Participants include: Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D., Michael Naughton, Ph.D., Mehdi Shariati, Ph.D., Seyed Javad Miri, Ph.D., and Esmael Mehdi Zeiny, Ph.D.

Part 1: “Philosophy and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century”
Part 2: “Philosophy and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century”

Ekpyrosis Press sponsors the global roundtable, “Martyrdom and the Dialectics of Religion.”

On August 25th, 2021, Ekpyrosis Press sponsored a global roundtable of scholars discussing the nature and significance of martyrdom as a feature of dialectical religion. Those participating in the discourse included Syed Farid Alatas (Singapore), Dustin J. Byrd (USA), Mahjabeen Dhala (USA), Syed Sajjad Rizvi (UK), Mehdi Shariati (USA), Rudolf J. Siebert (USA), and Seyed Javad Miri (Iran). The entire discourse can be found on Ekpyrosis Press’s YouTube channel or through the link below.