COV&R 2017


On November 17, 2016, the Spanish University Francisco de Vitoria, hosted the II Seminario de Violencia y Religion: "Identidad y Religion" [II Seminar on Violence and Religion: "Identity and Religion"] organized by Xiphias Gladius, a Spanish research group on Girard's theory.

Intrigued by the conflictual and violence outcomes that surround many processes of identification, Xiphias Gladius proposes to explore in the light of Girard's theory the ‘sacred' aspects hidden behind ideological speeches and narratives of identity. The seminar discussed this theme, inspired by the René Girard text, "Belonging", a conference given originally at Messina University and republished on the last number of Contagion (Vol. 23. Pp. 1-12).

The theme was considered from various perspectives and by seventeen scholars from eight different institutions. In the morning the participants discussed their sense of "belonging", identity and religion from the philosophy, the sociology and the arts, with interventions moderated by Angel Barahona. In the afternoon, the session was led by David Garcia-Ramos and history and literature took over to analyse the processes of Identity formation and religion. The seminar concluded with a final introduction of COV&R 2017 that will be held by this same University, Francisco de Vitoria, and will count with the assistance of some of the professors that participated in this II Seminar on Violence and Religion. It was a great warming up for the COV&R 2017.

II Seminar on violence and religion - Session 1 - Philosophy: the other and the same

II Seminar on violence and religion - Session II - Identities, marketing and politics

II Seminar on violence and religion - Session III - History and literature: the construction of historical identities