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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




Review Process

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