COV&R 2017

COV&R 2017

Identity&rivalry

The processes of identity formation may follow different paths. These processes might pursue a narrative, a ritualistic, a mythological, or a political trail, among others. Nationalisms, indigenisms, religious revivals, political and economic protests, movements of the masses, and therefore, the dynamics of identity are today becoming increasingly more complex. Spain has been a country of culture clashes or encounters, rivalries, conflicts and fratricidal wars, but it has also been the homeland of great artists such as Cervantes, Velázquez, Calderón de la Barca, Goya, García Lorca and Picasso. Their contributions to the understanding of t human nature have been revolutionary and Girard's predilection for Cervantes is well known. We like to believe that Spain constitutes a privileged vantage point from which to evaluate the possibilities and limits of identity construction processes in our world.

In COV&R 2017 in Madrid, we would like to invite scholars to explore the roots of identity; the ways rivalry survives and rises over the centuries as a force of destruction and foundation. Jean-Michel Oughourlian, Cesáreo Bandera (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Charles Powell (Real Instituto Elcano), Jon Juaristi (Universidad Alcalá de Henares), Roland Hsu (University of Stanford), or Carlos Mendoza-Álvarez (Universidad Iberoamericana de México) have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers and we are waiting for others to  accept our invitation.

We also offer a special culture program. It includes private visits to the Prado museum, a memorable gala dinner, opera, literary nightwalks around the old city, and field-trips on Saturday and Sunday to the nearby towns of Ávila, Toledo, El Escorial and other historical sites.

For further information on René Girard's thought and work, visit: http://violenceandreligion.com

 

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 12nd July

Morning

10:00-12:00
Registration and coffee/tea on arrival

12:00-13:30
Refresher on Mimetic Theory
Sandor Goodhart (University of Purdue)

14:00-15:00
Lunch

Afternoon

15:30-16:00
Opening Session
Daniel Sada, President of the Francisco de Vitoria University
Ángel Barahona, Humanities Dean of the Francisco de Vitoria University
Jeremiah Alberg, President of the COV&R

16:00-17:30
1st Plenary Session
Religious Identity and Literature in Spain
Cesáreo Bandera (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
William A. Johnsen (University of Michigan State University)
Moderator: Clara Bonet (Catholic University of Valencia)

17:30-18:00
Coffee Break

18:00-19:30
1st Concurrent Session

Evening

Paseo Literario Noche de Max Estrella (optional)

 

Thursday, 13rd July

Morning

9:00-10:30
2nd Plenary Session
Latin-American Identities / Latin-American Subjectivities
Carlos Mendoza-Álvarez (Iberoamerican University of Mexico)
Joao Cezar de Castro Rocha (University of the State of Rio de Janeiro)
Moderator: David Atienza de Frutos (University of Guam)

10:00-11:00
Coffee Break

11:00-12:30
3rd Plenary Session
The European Identity after the BREXIT
Rolland Hsu (Stanford University)
Charles Powell (Elcano Royal Institute)
Mira Milosevich (Elcano Royal Institute/IE School of International Relations)
Moderator: Schuman Institute

12:30-14:00
2nd Concurrent Session

14:00-16:00
Lunch

Afternoon

16:00-17:30
3rd Concurrent Session

Evening

Visit to Prado Museum (optional)

 

Friday, 14th July

Morning

9:00-10:30
4th Plenary Session
Identity and the Mimetic Brain
Jean-Michel Oughourlian
Beatriz Calvo-Merino (University of London)
 

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break

11:00-12:30
5th Plenary Session
Spanish Identities
Jon Juaristi (Alcalá de Henares University)
Ángel Barahona (Francisco de Vitoria University)
Florentino Portero (Francisco de Vitoria University)
Moderator: David García-Ramos (Catholic University of Valencia)

12:30-14:00
4th Concurrent Session

14:00-16:00
Lunch

Afternoon

16:00-17:30
6th Plenary Session
Memorial Raymond Schwager Prize

Free time

Evening

20:30
Gala Dinner (optional)
Hotel de las Letras

 

Saturday, 15th July

Morning

9:00-10:30
7th Plenary Session
Inter-religious Identity
Wolfgang Palaver (University of Innsbruck)
Sandor Goodhart (University of Purdue)
Moderator: Florentino Portero (Francisco de Vitoria University)

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break

11:00-12:00
COV&R Business Meeting
Day trip to El Escorial (optional)

Evening

Madame Butterfly at the Teatro Real (optional)

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