International, Interdisciplinary

COV&R is a dynamic, international association of scholars and practitioners from many disciplines who are dedicated to developing, critiquing, and applying René Girard’s mimetic theory. Colloquium members are energized by the potential for renewal in the social sciences and humanities that mimetic theory makes possible. As scholars and practitioners have applied Girard’s insights about the connection between imitation and violence to religious studies, biblical hermeneutics, philosophy, literature, film studies, sociology and anthropology, economics, psychology, political science exciting discoveries and research avenues have become available.

Workable Theory of Religion

As issues of religion and violence beg for analysis and understanding, COV&R is uniquely positioned to make a valuable contribution to the search for new, more useful theoretical frameworks. As a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religions, COV&R sponsors and co-sponsors sessions at the AAR Annual Meeting to explore the ongoing salience of mimetic theory and the diverse ways Girard’s thought illuminates themes and issues in the study of religion.

Open Membership Policy

Unique among scholarly organizations, COV&R membership and attendance at annual conferences is open to lay people interested in direct engagement with scholars. Pastors and Christian educators attend with parishioners interested in theology and biblical studies. Professors attend with their students to provide them with experiences at academic conferences. And life-long learners thrill at this exceptional educational opportunity. The COV&R scholars are always gratified to engage with those whose faith, relationships and sense of self is being impacted by their research.

Annual Meeting

Members of COV&R have been meeting annually since 1990, both in and outside North America. The annual meeting brings new and longtime scholars of mimetic theory together to discuss how mimetic theory relates to other discourses. This meeting draws between 125 and 200 people, including many non-members. Information on member benefits and how to join COV&R is available here.

COV&R Board

The COV&R Board is comprised of Officers and Elected Members. Contact information for the current Board as well as the Editors of COV&R Publications are listed below. The Constitution contains complete information about the organization and is available to Members here.

COV&R Board of Directors

Honorary Chair

René Girard, Stanford University/USA  (1923 – 2015)

Honorary Members

Cesáreo Bandera, University of North Carolina/USA
Eric Gans, UCLA, Ca./USA
Raymund Schwager, University of Innsbruck/Austria † (1935 – 2004)
James G. Williams, Syracuse University/USA
Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Imitatio, Stanford/USA (1938 – 2013)
Charles Mabee, Oakland University/USA
Wolfgang Palaver, University of Innsbruck/Austria

COV&R Officers

Jeremiah Alberg, President, International Christian University Tokyo/Japan
Martha J. Reineke, Executive Secretary, University of Northern Iowa/USA
Keith Ross, Treasurer/North America, Raven Foundation/USA
Dietmar Regensburger, Treasurer/Europe, University of Innsbruck/Austria
William A. Johnsen, Editor of CONTAGION, Michigan State University/USA
Curtis Gruenler, Editor of the COV&R Bulletin, Hope College/USA
Sandor Goodhart, Fundraising Coordinator, Purdue University/USA
Grant Kaplan, Coordinator of COV&R Session at the AAR Annual Meeting, St. Louis University/USA
Carly Osborn, Editor of Website and Social Media, University of Adelaide/Australia

Elected Members

Chris A. Carter, University of Oklahoma/USA
Scott Cowdell, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Joachim Duyndam, University of Humanistic Studies/The Netherlands
Kathy Frost, St. Joseph University/USA
Grant Kaplan, St. Louis University/USA
Sheelah Treflé Hidden, London, UK
Mathias Moosbrugger, University of Innsbruck/Austria
Suzanne Ross, Raven Foundation/USA
Thomas Ryba, Purdue University/USA
Petra Steinmair-Pösel, University of Vienna/Austria

Contact Details

President

Jeremiah Alberg
Professor of Philosophy & Religion
International Christian University
10-2, Osawa 3-chome, Mitaka-shi
Tokyo/Japan
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COV&R Executive Secretary:

Martha J. Reineke
Department of Philosophy and World Religions
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0501, USA
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Editor of COV&R BULLETIN

Curtis Gruenler
COV&R Bulletin
Hope College
141 E. 12th Street
Holland, MI 49422-9000, USA
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Editor of CONTAGION

William A. Johnsen
Department of English
Michigan State University
113B Morrill Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Office Phone: ++ (517) 432-3375
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Editor of the Bibliography of Literature on the Mimetic Theory

Dietmar Regensburger
COV&R
Institute for Systematic Theology
University of Innsbruck
Karl Rahner Platz 1
A-6020 Innsbruck /Austria
Fax: ++ 43 512 507-9839
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Treasurer (American branch)

Keith Ross
COV&R
c/o The Raven Foundation
2624 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026/ USA
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Treasurer (European branch)

Dietmar Regensburger
COV&R
Institute for Systematic Theology
University of Innsbruck
Karl Rahner Platz 1
A-6020 Innsbruck /Austria
Fax: ++ 43 512 507-9839
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Coordinator of COV&R Session at the AAR Annual Meeting

Grant Kaplan
Department of Theological Studies
St. Louis University
3800 Lindell Blvd #247
St. Louis, MO 63108-3414, USA
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