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Colloquium on Violence and Religion

Call for Proposals

The Colloquium on Violence & Religion welcomes both individual paper proposals and panel proposals around the following topics:

  • mimetic readings of populism and political conflict
  • mimetic analysis of “inauthentic victimhood”; what might this mean, and how might one discern it?
  • the relationship between the thought of René Girard and contemporary theology and religious studies, for example, concerning the theology of mercy and black theologies of liberation
  • responses to recent books (preferably with author or editor commitment), including but not limited to: Violence, the Sacred, and Things Hidden: A Discussion with Girard at Esprit (1973), Chris Haw’s Monotheism, Intolerance, and the Path to Pluralistic Politics, and Wolfgang Palaver’s Transforming the Sacred into Saintliness: Reflecting on Violence and Religion with René Girard

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, COVandR 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. COVandR’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.




Review Process

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