COV&R 2017


This conference aims to bring together the insights of the 20th century premier theorist of violence and religion, René Girard, with the latest scholarship on topics such as:

  • The formation, destruction and dynamics of current and traditional nationalisms.
  • Inner-national conflicts such as the Spanish Civil War.
  • The "Indignados", anti-system groups and similar generational, political, and sociological movements.
  • The construction of pan-national identities in Europe, America, Africa, Asia.
  • Identity, Religion, and Communion: Islam, Judaism and Christianity in Spain and Europe in the Middle Ages.

In addition to the topics listed above, papers are welcome on any other topic related to the title of the conference: Identity and Rivalry, or related to René Girard's work.

The seminar is held in English, simultaneous translation will not be provided.

Spanish may be used as the working language if a panel so wishes (simultaneous translation will then be provided).


The organising committee also welcomes proposal for practitioner-focused, interactive workshops related to Girard's work or the conference theme. Such sessions could take different forms (e.g., workshop-style, forum, discussion group, panel) and may cover areas such as:

  • peace-building,
  • countering violence/radicalisation,
  • inter-faith dialogue,
  • Girard and preaching,
  • Girard and psychotherapy,
  • Girard and sciences,
  • Girard and literature.

This list is only suggestive and not exhaustive. Please provide a description and rationale for an inter-active workshop on a particular topic to be facilitated for approx. 45 or 90 minutes by appropriately qualified persons. 


For further information, please email the conference organisers at

An acknowledgement of receipt shall be sent to the applicant

A paper proposal is accepted on the understanding that the person will register for the conference. While papers are accepted before participants register for the conference, they will be included in the final schedule only after registration.

Due to the amount of proposals we are still receiving, the deadline for paper submissions and reduced fees has been extended to June 9th.

Two travel grants to attend COV&R 2017 are still available for graduate students giving a paper and who are first-time attendees of the COV&R conference. To apply, please send a letter of application and a letter of recommendation by a COV&R member to the Executive Secretary, Martha Reineke ( before the closing date of the conference registration. The board will sponsor the attendance with a maximum amount of $500 USD each grant. Grants are awarded by the officers of COV&R on a first come, first served basis.