Imitatio, a project of the Thiel Foundation, supports the development and discussion of René Girard's "mimetic theory" of human behavior and culture. Mimetic theory is a way to think about how profoundly imitative people are -- from superficial fashions to individuals' deepest desires. Mimetic theory brings together insights from across disciplinary boundaries, and Imitatio brings together researchers, students, and the wider public to learn from and to further Girard's insights.
TRANSLATIONS: Imitatio supports the translation of key works in mimetic theory so that more readers have access for themselves:
PUBLICATIONS: Imitatio supports the publication of new work in mimetic theory:
ARCHIVES: Imitatio supports the preservation and organization of René Girard's writings in an archive at the Bibliothèque nationale de France with digital copies to be made available to major libraries around the world.
RESEARCH: Imitatio supports research that aims to answer open questions in mimetic theory and connect findings to wider debates:
PLATFORMS: Imitatio supports organizations that bring people together to discuss mimetic theory. Among the many groups around the world helping to continue the conversation:
EDUCATION: Imitatio supports educational experiments to test out ways of teaching mimetic theory and to make it easier for young writers and researchers to get started in this rich field. We record and disseminate effective approaches, and we bring young scholars together to build relationships and compare ideas.
SUMMARY: In person at meetings, lectures, and discussions; online at the Imitatio web site; and in print via published articles, new books, and freshly translated works; around the world Imitatio supports research to deepen mimetic theory and public discussion to spread its insights to wider audiences.