Nov
15
Jan 31

Raven Foundation 10th Anniversary Contest

From the organizers:

Raven Foundation 10th Anniversary Contest 

Representing René Girard’s Mimetic Theory

Do you teach undergraduates? Do you use mimetic theory in your course? If you answered yes to both those questions, this contest is for you!

The Raven Foundation is observing its 10th Anniversary in January 2017. To mark that milestone we wanted to connect with instructors like you who share Raven’s enthusiasm for the transformative power of mimetic theory.

This unique opportunity is offered in partnership with the Colloquium on Violence and Religion(COV&R) an international association of scholars founded in 1990. The Colloquium is dedicated to the exploration, criticism, and development of René Girard‘s mimetic theory. We hope the contest generates excitement for the study of mimetic theory and sparks creativity in your students. Perhaps it can also deepen their connection to the global mimetic theory community.

The Contest

The idea is simple: Assign your students to create artistic expressions of mimetic theory as it applies to your field of study. Projects can employ such media as film and video, photography, painting, drawing, poetry, fiction, screenplays, and sculpture. Essays, research papers or other nonfiction such as book reviews will not be considered!

Contest Deadlines

Instructors will submit the best two student projects from each class they are teaching in the summer or fall 2016. Submissions will be accepted from November 15, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in late February or early March 2017.

Prizes and Recognition

All students whose projects have been submitted by their instructor will receive a letter of commendation from the Raven Foundation and COV&R and be entered into the contest. The first place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. The second and third place award is $500 and all three winning projects will be featured on the Raven Foundation website. In addition, the three winners will receive a letter of commendation from the Raven Foundation and COV&R acknowledging their achievement.

Register Today!

It’s easy to register for the contest. Submit your name and email address on this form and you will receive the complete contest rules as well as instructions for how to submit your student projects.

Nov
3
Nov 4

Paying Tribute to René Girard, November 3rd and 4th, 2016

November 4, 2016

Saint Paul University

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

From the call for papers:

From the 1950s until just a few years before his death, René Girard engaged in scholarly work that advanced and deepened our understanding of mimetic theory, generating a discursive field including mimetic desire, ontological desire, mimetic rivalries, mimetic doubling, scapegoating, sacrificial systems, the sacred, and mimetic violence. As he persisted in examining writers, philosophers, sacred texts, psychological and anthropologic literature, and more recently Clausewitz, he showed the inner complexity of the stable concepts he developed. After the emergence of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion in the early 1990s, an ever- growing body of international scholars expanded on mimetic theory—showing its implications for many disciplines, as well as many aspects of human existence.

On November 4, scholars and thoughtful readers of Girard will be given an opportunity to gather at Saint Paul University to present their critical reflections on the impact that Girard has had on them and their respective fields. The stage will be set on the evening of November 3 when Prof. Sandor Goodhart, the fourth PhD that Girard supervised, will present a public lecture to honour Girard.

Jul
13
Jul 17

COV&R Conference 2016 at Australian Catholic University

The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R)
and 6th Annual Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar.

Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 July 2016

St Patrick's Campus, Melbourne
Australian Catholic University

Theme: Violence in the Name of Religion...

One of the most pressing issues of our time is the outbreak of extremist violence and terrorism, done in the name of religion. René Girard is the premier theorist of violence in the 20th century. In this conference, we aim to bring together the insights of Girard’s mimetic theory with the latest scholarship on religion and violence, particularly exploring the nature of extremist violence. The conference will critically analyse the link made between religion and violence, and explore contemporary topics of great significance, such as Islamist terrorism and radicalization in its various political, economic, religious, military and technological dimensions.

The conference is open to academics, professionals, religious practitioners, military, police, and anyone interested in engaging this topic in respectful dialogue.

We have an exciting range of internationally acclaimed speakers who will present at the conference, including:

Professor Anne Aly (Edith Cowan University, Western Australia);
Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard (Australian Catholic University, Canberra);
Professor Greg Barton (Deakin University, Melbourne);
Reverend Professor Frank Brennan SJ (Australian Catholic University, Canberra);
Professor William T. Cavanaugh (De Paul University and author of The Myth of Religious Violence), who will give the Raymund Schwager Memorial Lecture;
Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuy (École Polytechnique, Paris / Stanford University, California);
Dr Chris Fleming (Western Sydney University, NSW);
Most Rev Dr Philip Freier (Archbishop of Melbourne);
Monsignor Professor Tomáš Halík (Charles University, Prague); and
Professor Wolfgang Palaver (the University of Innsbruck).

The format of the conference will include evening keynote addresses, followed by morning panel sessions on the same topic as the keynote. The morning sessions will have extended time for discussion and questions to explore the key conference themes, such as the relationship between religion and violence, and an analysis of contemporary religious violence, especially Islamist extremism.

The conference will also feature a panel on violence and religion in Australian-Indigenous history.

There will be two rounds in the Call for Papers/Panels. The first round is currently open, please see the Call for Papers page.

The conference is hosted by the Australian Catholic University. It is co-organised with the Australian Girard Seminar (AGS) and will incorporate its 6th annual conference.

Sponsors for the conference include:

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University
Imitatio (the Thiel Foundation)
Raven Foundation.

May
28
11:00 am11:00

Principle and Practice: René Girard, politics, religion & violence

SATURDAY, MAY 28TH, 2016

Hope College, Holland, Michigan | 11 a.m.

Lunch will be provided | RSVP Required: gruenler@hope.edu

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Rev. James Alison is a Catholic priest, theologian, and author of numerous texts.

Duncan Morrow is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster.

Introductions: Rev. Matt Malone, S.J., president and editor in chief of America Media. Moderator: Sheelah Treflé Hidden, research associate, Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society 

 

May
25
5:30 pm17:30

Principle and Practice: René Girard, politics, religion & violence

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH, 2016

Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium, Brighton Campus, Boston College | 5:30 p.m.

Reception to Follow | RSVP Required: www.bc.edu/stmce

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Rev. James Alison is a Catholic priest, theologian, and author of numerous texts.

Duncan Morrow is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster.

Introductions: Rev. Matt Malone, S.J., president and editor in chief of America Media. Moderator: Sheelah Treflé Hidden, research associate, Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society 

 

May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Principle and Practice: René Girard, politics, religion & violence

TUESDAY, MAY 24TH, 2016

Union Theological Seminary, Social Room, Columbia University | 6 p.m.

Reception to follow | RSVP Required: events@americamedia.org or by calling 212-515-0193

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Rev. James Alison is a Catholic priest, theologian, and author of numerous texts.

Duncan Morrow is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster.

Introductions: Rev. Matt Malone, S.J., president and editor in chief of America Media. Moderator: Sheelah Treflé Hidden, research associate, Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society 

 

Feb
15
7:30 am07:30

Religious ceremony in Paris in honor of René Girard

From the organizers:

HOMMAGE À RENÉ GIRARD

CÉRÉMONIE ORGANISÉE PAR L'ACADÉMIE FRANÇAISE
en l’église Saint-Germain des Prés,  
 
  LE LUNDI 15 FÉVRIER
Concert spirituel à 16h30 : le Quatuor Girard interprétera  

  "Les Sept dernières paroles du Christ en croix" 

de Joseph Haydn, avec la participation de Michel Serres, récitant.

Messe à 17h30, élébrée par Monseigneur Claude Dagens.

Jan
23
4:00 pm16:00

Raven Foundation to host Girard Memorial January 23rd in Chicago

From the organizers:

Please join us on Saturday, January 23, 2016 to celebrate the life, work and memory of our friend and teacher, René Girard. We will gather as a community at Mon Ami Gabi, a French restaurant located at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, Illinois. The evening will begin at 4:00pm with a service of remembrance, followed by tributes and will conclude with a dinner hosted by the Raven Foundation. (RSVP required by December 21)

https://www.ravenfoundation.org/memorial-for-rene-girard-on-january-23-2016/

Dec
5
2:30 pm14:30

ARM sponsors lecture on violence

Who is the Enemy? Reflections on Limitless Violence

Saturday, December 5, 2:30 pm, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Site François Mitterand, Petite auditorium (in French)

From the organizers:

The January and November terrorist attacks stunned France.

We have asked Harald Wydra, author of a recent book on violence (Politics and the Sacred, Cambridge University Press) to give a lecture on the subject as an outside observer.

Harald Wydra is Professor of Political Philosophy at Cambridge University and a member of the ARM.

Nov
20
9:00 am09:00

French Psychiatrists Explore Mimetic Desire

The Association Française de Psychiatrie and the Association Recherches Mimétiques will co-organize a conference on mimetic desire, psychopathology, and neuroscience, Friday 20 November 2015, 9h-17h at the Salle de Conférence de l’AQNDC, 92 bis Boulevard Montparnasse (14th arrondissement), with Benoît Chantre, Nathalie Depraz, Jean-Paul Kornobis, Yves Manela, Christian Mille, Jean-Michel Oughourlian, and Jean-Pol Tassin. 

From the organizers:

We will examine different approaches to mimetic desire in relation with René Girard’s work. The latter developed the idea of mimetic desire, which posits immediate interference between imitated and imitating desires. In other words, what desire imitates is the other’s desire, desire itself. This theory raises questions about the object, the movement of desire, the relationship to the Other, and has broad implications for healing.

Nov
7
10:00 am10:00

Association Recherches Mimétiques holds conference on Girard and Michel Henry

Saturday 7 November 2015, 10h00 – 17h00, Site François Mitterand, Salle 70

From the organizers:

This international conference will continue the dialogue between René Girard and his French contemporaries, whom he never or infrequently met, and who nonetheless benefit from a confrontation with Girard’s mimetic analysis of desire and with his wider anthropological theories. The encounter with the thought of phenomenologist Michel Henry is a natural one in that Henry also presented an extremely innovative reading of the Gospels. With Benoît Chantre, Jean-Philippe Milet, Thierry Berlanda, Grégori Jean, Adrian Navigante, Jérôme Thélot, and François Sebbah. Organized by the Association Recherches Mimétiques.

Oct
20
Oct 21

Girard Featured at Cambridge Festival of Ideas

“Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World"

Presentation and discussion of two new books exploring the interface of nature and culture – and of science and religion -- through the far-reaching ideas of French-American culture theorist and fundamental anthropologist René Girard. St. John’s College, Cambridge, 5-7 pm Old Music Room, St. John’s Street, CB2, 1TP.

Why is human violence the much-neglected key to understanding human emergence and development? How does it differ from animal violence? How was it controlled by the victimary or scapegoat mechanism? How does this stabilise human communities and lead to the creation of natural or archaic religion (‘the sacred’); and then to the development of our culture as a whole? 

What does this understanding of 'how we became human' contribute to our grasp of violent sacralities now? And what are our chances of ‘surviving our origins’? 

With Dr Rowan Williams (Master, Magdalen College), Dr Pierpaolo Antonello (Cambridge, St Johns College), Prof. Paul Gifford (University of St Andrews) and a distinguished panel of respondents in science and religion.

Sep
23
Sep 26

9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

The 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, organized by European International Studies Association (EISA), will take place in Sicily September 23-26 in Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy. The conference will be devoted to “The Worlds of Violence” and will include a series of panels and events devoted to mimetic theory, including a round-table discussion about Roberto Farneti’s Mimetic Politics (Michigan State University Press, 2015). For more information, please visit the conference website.