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The Colloquium on Violence & Religion section invites paper proposals on the following themes:


·         Papers related to the pandemic that apply mimetic theory to analysis about the pandemic and what it reveals about our common humanity, with particular attention to religious themes

·         Topics related to an examination of mimetic theory in relation to the theme of friendship, for example, around the themes of friendship and religious experience, friendship in the context of us/them bias in society, friendship in conflict and reconciliation, and the theme of social friendship in conversation with the recent papal encyclical “Fratelli Tutti,”

·         Topics related to eucharistic practice and the theme of spirituality


In addition, we invite a panel proposal on recent books related to mimetic theory, in particular, Giuseppe Fornari’s Dionysus, Christ, and the Death of God (Michigan State Press, 2020).


Proposals should be between 200-500 words and will be judged anonymously through the AAR’s INSPIRE portal, where proposals should be submitted.


Mission Statement:


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

(http://violenceandreligion.com), 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 COVandR at the AAR is Professor Grant Kaplan, Saint Louis University (grant.kaplan@slu.edu ). COVandR membership information: http://violenceandreligion.com/about/membership.


Method of Submission:




·         Grant Kaplan, Saint Louis University


·         Martha Reineke, University of Northern Iowa


·         Chelsea King,  Sacred Heart University


·         Brian Robinette,  Boston College