Faculty of Human Sciences
Telephone: 613-236-1393
Quick Links

Paying Tribute to René Girard

David Cayley, Ian Dennis,  Jean-Marc Gauthier, Sandor Goodhart, Kevin Flynn, Sylvie Lemieux, Vern Neufeld Redekop, Phil Rose, Elsa Van Hulst, Bruce Ward and Susan Wright. 
Cost: $10 payable on November 4, 2016
When: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Friday, November 4, 2016
Where: Room G103, Saint Paul University
Target Audience: People interested in discussing René Girard’s contribution to their own field of studies, including those in theology, conflict studies, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy.

René GirardDescription: From the 1950s until just a few years before his death in 2015, René Girard engaged in scholarly work that advanced and deepened our understanding of mimetic theory, generating a discursive field including mimetic desire, mimetic rivalries, mimetic doubling, scapegoating, sacrificial systems, and mimetic violence. 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. On November 4, 2016, 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.

Contact Person
: RSVP to Gloria Neufeld Redekop by October 20, 2016: gneufeld@ustpaul.ca


8:30 – 9:00

Continental breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 

Introduction by Vern Neufeld Redekop: Showing of 30 minutes of DVD from 2006 COV&R conference—René Girard in action

9:45 – 10:15 

Why Zombies? An Examination of Our Collective Fascination with Zombies by Susan Wright

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00

René Girard and Generative Anthropology by Ian Dennis

11:00 – 11:30

René Girard as Media Ecologist by Phil Rose

11:30 – 12:00

Rene Girard and Ivan Illich: Parallel Journeys? by David Cayley

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:30

Can Love Pass through Violence and Death? An Anthropological Question? by Jean-Marc Gauthier

1:30 – 2:00

Perspectives on Victimage Mechanisms in Girard and Agamben by Elsa Van Hulst

2:00 – 2:30

René Girard as Apocalyptic Thinker by Bruce K. Ward

2:30 – 2:45 


2:45 – 3:15

Praying Shapes Believing: Girardian Reflections on Eucharistic Prayers by Kevin Flynn

3:15 – 3:45

Future Implications for UN Treaties by Sylvie Lemieux

3:45 – 3:55

Excerpts from Rebecca Adams on positive mimesis

3:55 – 4:05 

Remarks from Sandor Goodhart

4:05 – 4:30

Closing comments

Bookmark and Share

Other Links