Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R)

Join the hundreds of international scholars and practitioners using
an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge approach to understanding biblical hermeneutics
and the links between violence and religion

Why join?

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. Here’s who we are, what we do and how you will benefit from membership.

Who We Are

The Colloquium is an international academic association energized by the potential for renewal in the social sciences and humanities made possible by René Girard’s mimetic theory. 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.

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.

A Workable Theory of Religion and Violence

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.

Student Participation

The Colloquium works diligently to support and promote the next generation of scholars with undergraduate and graduate contests, awards and scholarships. Active participation as presenters at the Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity for students to gain experience, receive valuable feedback, and develop relationships with peers and professors outside of their institution.

Member Values

The annual membership fee of $55 USD includes these valuable benefits:

  • A generous member discount to the Annual Conference.
  • Books from two series published by Michigan State University Press, Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture and Breakthroughs in Mimetic Theory at no cost (sponsored by Imitatio). This is an incredible value available only to COV&R members. In 2016, members received four books (total list price $115) and two new titles (total list price $50) are scheduled for publication in 2017.
  • Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture print edition is mailed to you as a part of your membership
  • Journal of Violence and Religion at a generous member discount.
  • Access to the members only COV&R Bulletin with the latest news about members, meeting announcements, book reviews and recent bibliographic entries in mimetic theory.
  • Access to the online Membership Directory. ‬‬

To Join or Renew Your Membership

Membership procedures for the American and European branches of COV&R have been consolidated, and COV&R dues payments and renewals are now managed by the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC). Go to the COV&R Membership Services page on the PDC site  to  join, renew, or update your membership information.