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Colloquium on Violence and Religion

Call for Proposals

The Colloquium on Violence and Religion section invites proposals on the theme of René Girard and Christian Spirituality. With particular interest in how Girard’s seminal insights may be integrated into Christian spiritual practice, we invite proposals that explore ways Christian spirituality can be illumined or informed by Girard’s understanding of mimetic desire. We also invite proposals that consider how mimetic theory itself might be enhanced or critically developed in light of Christian spiritual practices/traditions. Proposals engaging one of the following sub-themes are encouraged:

· Asceticism
· Prayer and contemplation
· Major spiritual figures, texts, traditions
· Monasticism
· Mysticism
· Discernment of desire
· Lectio divina
· Devotional practices

Statement of Purpose

The Colloquium on Violence and Religion is an international association of scholars founded in 1990. It is dedicated to the exploration, criticism, and development of René Girard’s mimetic model of the relationship between violence and religion in the genesis and maintenance of culture. In promoting research in mimetic theory, COV&R welcomes scholars and others from diverse fields and theoretical orientations who are interested in the foundational role of imitation in individual human lives and cultures. In addition to gathering at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, the Colloquium meets each summer, alternating between North American and European venues. COV&R’s publications include a website (, a book series, Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, published by Michigan State University Press, the journal Contagion and a biannual newsletter, Bulletin of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. The coordinator of COV&R at the AAR is Professor Grant Kaplan, Saint Louis University ( ). COV&R membership information:




Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection

Review Process Comments

We generally solicit because we have not been able to use the papers system. If we can use it in the future, it will be easier to adopt the best practices. We do anonymous reviewing when we co-sponsor with a group.