COV&R 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

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

  • The formation, the destruction and the 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 the work of René Girard.

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

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

Seminars/Workshops

The organising committee also welcomes proposal for practitioner-focused, interactive workshops that relate to the work of Girard 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. 

Submissions

For more information, please email the conference organisers at covr2017@ufv.es.

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 people are registered, only after registration will the paper be included in the schedule.

Deadline: 15th May

Travel grants to attend COV&R 2017are available for graduate students who are giving a paper and are first-time attendees of the COV&R conference.  To apply, write a letter of application accompanied by a letter of recommendation by a COV&R member to that effect to the Executive Secretary, Martha Reineke (martha.reineke@uni.edu) until the closing date of the conference registration. The board will sponsor the attendance of up to 6 persons with a maximum amount of $500 USD each. Grants are awarded by the officers of COV&R on a first come, first served basis.