COLLOQUIUM ON VIOLENCE & RELIGION
2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
REGIS UNIVERSITY ~ DENVER, COLORADO
11-14 JULY 2018

Wednesday, July 11

7:30-8:30am Breakfast in Student Center

9:00-3:00pm COV&R Board Meeting

11:30-1:00pm Lunch Student Center (Line closes at 1:00pm)

2:00-5:00pm Registration and Check-In Claver Café Open Area

4:00-5:00pm Refresher: Mimetic Theory 101 ~ Andrew McKenna, Claver 306

5:30-7:00pm Dinner Student Center (Line closes at 6:00pm)

7:30-9:00pm OPENING PLENARY SESSION Claver Recital Hall

Official Welcome ~ Dr. Thomas Bowie, Dean of Regis College
COV&R 2018 Welcome ~ Jeremiah Alberg
Remarks on Conference Theme ~ Stephen McKenna
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Paul Dumouchel ~ “Conflict and Truth”

9:00-10:30pm Opening Reception Recital Hall Lobby


Thursday, July 12

7:30-8:30am Breakfast Student Center

Concurrent Session 1 ~ 8:30-10:00am

1A. PANEL ~ Mimetic Theory in Dialogue with the Concept of Revelation in Catholic Theology 

Room: Claver 203

Thomas Deutsch (The Catholic University of America)

Grant Kaplan (St. Louis University)

1B. MIMETIC CON- and RE-VERSIONS IN LITERATURE

Room: Claver 303

Moderator: Paul Lynch

Scott Richard Lyons (University of Michigan) “Taking Flight: The Conversion of Sherman Alexie” 

Annika Gidley (Hope College) “Maternal Models of Desire in Harry Potter

Andrew McKenna (Loyola University-Chicago) “Idealism vs. Nihilism: Conrad’s ‘Outpost’ Reads his Heart of Darkness Mimetically”

1C. TRUTH & UNTRUTH: PHILOSOPHICAL OPTIONS

Room: Claver 306

Moderator: JoachimDuyndam

Anthony D. Traylor (Assumption College) “Reflections on Heidegger’s ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’”

Charles Bellinger (Texas Christian University) “The Kierkegaard-Girard Option”

Curtis Gruenler (Hope College) “Mimesis, Friendship, and Truth” 

1D. CULTURE(S) AFTER TRUTH

Room: Claver 307

Moderator: Cheongsoo Park

George Dunn (University of Indianapolis/Ningbo Institute of Technology) “Freedom, Equality, and Mimesis (East & West)”

Matthew Packer (Buena Vista University) “Reputations, Rankings, and Nosedives: The Coming Social Credit Systems, West and East”

Justin Lee (University of California-Irvine) “Online Trolling and Ritual Sacrifice”

10:00-10:30am Coffee Break Claver Café Open Area

10:30-12:00pm PLENARY LECTURE Claver Recital Hall

Kevin Burke, SJ ~ “Life at War: The Mystical Thread in Denise Levertov’s Political Poetry”

12:00-1:30pm Lunch Student Center (Line closes at 1:00pm)

Concurrent Session 2 ~ 1:30-3:00pm

2A. PANEL ~ Technologies of Scapegoating in the Age of Trump: Mimetic Theory and ‘Alternative Facts’ in American Race Relations: 

Room: Claver 306

John Cox (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

Julia Robinson Moore (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

Martha Reineke (University of Northern Iowa)

2B. LITERARY FAKERY: PIETY AND OTHER ROMANTIC LIES

Room: Claver 309

Moderator: Scott Lyons

Oliver Gerland (University of Colorado-Boulder) “Fake Piety: A Mimetic Account of Moliere’s Tartuffe”

Ryan Duns, SJ (Marquette University) “After Truth, Authenticity: The Mimetic Conversion of Ivan Illych”

Eric Wilson (Monash University) “’Brothers in the Breed of Cain’: Monstrous Doubles and Les Deux au Folie in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood”

2C. ANTICHRIST & APOCALYPSE AFTER TRUTH

Room: Claver 307

Moderator: Sandor Goodhart

Thomas Ryba (Purdue University/University of Notre Dame) “Post-Truth and the Antichrist”

Mario Solarte (Javeriana University) “Post-Truth and Apocalypse”

Scott Cowdell (Charles Sturt University) “Doubles, Narcissists, Victims, and Philosophers: Truth and ‘After Truth’ in Mimetic Theory”

2D. HEALING UNTRUTH, HEALING TRUTH

Room: Claver 303

Moderator: Richard Thayer

Peter Jonas (Our Savior’s Lutheran Church) “Bearing an Unbearable Truth: Folks are just not that into us”

Paul Nuechterlein (Discipleship Seminars in MT) ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’ and the Tree of the Crucified Messiah: Symbols of Original Untruth and Its Healing”

2E. WORKSHOP ~ Boring Through Desire: Prayer as a Balm for Mimetic Rivalry

Room: Claver 203

Stephanie VanSlyke  (First Congregational Church, UCC, Wilmette, Illinois)

Jason Okrzynski (First Congregational Church, UCC, Wilmette, Illinois)

3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break Claver Café Open Area

Concurrent Session 3 ~ 3:30-5:00pm

3A. BOOK PANEL ~ Paulo Diego Bubbio’s Intellectual Sacrifice and Other Mimetic Paradoxes (MSUP 2018)

Room: Claver 306

Moderator: Joel Hodge

Jeremiah Alberg (International Christian University-Tokyo)

Paul Dumouchel (Ritsumeikan University)

Martha Reineke (University of Northern Iowa) 

Respondent: Paulo Diego Bubbio (Western Sydney University)

3B. POST-MODERN, POST-TRUTH, POST-DEMOCRACY 

Room: Claver 307

Moderator: Scott Cowdell

Susan Wright (Theology and Peace) “Respect for the Law in the Age of Escalation to Extremes”

Stephen Gardner (University of Tulsa) “The Decline of the West and the End of Man: Girard, Post-Modernism, and the Democratic Apocalypse”

Lyle Enright (Loyola University-Chicago) “Postmodernism as Post-Truth Scapegoat” 

3C. RULES, LAW, & REVELATION

Room: Claver 303

Moderator: Thomas Deutsch

Nathan Lefler (University of Scranton) “Two Kinds of Unanimity: St. Benedict, René Girard, and Modern Democratic Governance”

Joseph Fitzpatrick (Heythrop College) “How do Military Chaplaincies Serve God in a World After Truth?”

3D. CULTURAL NARRATIVES AFTER TRUTH

Room: Claver 309

Moderator: Paul Neuchterlein

Matthew Trachman (CUNY-Queensborough) “What We’re Doing When We’re Talking about the French”

Jason Okryznski (First Congregational Church Wilmette) “Mimesis, Cultural Narratives, and their Transformation in Post-Truth Praxis”

Paul Duggan (Oxford University) “How the Shepherd Found his Flock: A ‘Just So Story”

3E. WORKSHOP: Peter Jonas (Our Savior’s Lutheran Church) “Girardian Basics and the Conflicted Congregation “

Room: Claver 203

5:00-6:30pm Dinner Student Center (Line closes at 6:00pm)

6:30-8:00pm RAVEN FOUNDATION LECTURE Claver Recital Hall

Laura Kipnis ~ “The Scapegoat Whisperer”

8:00-9:30pm Raven Foundation Reception Recital Hall Lobby


Friday, July 13

7:30-8:30am Breakfast

Concurrent Session 4 ~ 8:30-10:00am

4A. WORKSHOP: Andrew Marr, OSB (St. Gregory’s Abby) “Living with Mimetic Desire through Meditation”

Room: Claver 203

4B. CINEMA DOUBLES: EMPATHY & ENVY

Room: Claver 303

Moderator: Nikolaus Wandinger

Joseph Fitzpatrick (Heythrop College) “L’homme du Train

Luke Nelson Pals (Independent Scholar-Writer) “Can the Popular Imagination Transcend Violence?”

4C. MIMESIS IN WAR & PEACE

Room: Claver 306

Moderator: Ryan Duns, SJ

Iván Camilo Vargas Castro (Pastoral Social/Caritas Colombiana) “Justice, Reconciliation and Post Truth: Peace Agreement in Colombia”

Felicity McCallum (Charles Sturt University) “Sacrifice et Sagesse: Truth Telling from Eastern Australia, 1788-1842” 

Kevin Lenehan (University of Divinity) “Truth, War, and Taking Responsibility: Benedict XV and the First World War”

4D. SACRIFICE, VIOLENCE, & THE SACRED

Room: Claver 307

Moderator: Charles Bellinger

Fr. Michael J. Darcy (The Oratory of St. Philip Neri) “The type of the one who was to come: Girard, Sacrifice, and Christianity”

Unai Buil Zamorano (Universidad de Navarra) “Girard’s Copernican Revolution: Sacrifice as the Origin of the Gods”

Stephanie VanSlyke (First Congregational Church-Wilmette)“The Defeat of the Devil and the Revelation of Truth in Early Christian Theology: A Review of the Sources in Conversation with Girard”

4E. ANGER & FORGETTING, THEN & NOW

Room: Claver 309

Moderator: Susan Wright

Miguel Rolland, O.P. (Dominican Friars) “The Maya K’iche’ Hero Twins: A Tale of Mimetic Desire, Rivalry, and Violence”

Pedro Sette-Câmara (State University of Rio de Janeiro) “Méconnaissance and Cognitive Psychology”

Marvin Lee Anderson (University of Toronto) “Backlash and Backwaters: Anger and Betrayal in America’s Heartland and Beyond”

10:00-10:30am Coffee Break Claver Café Open Area

10:30-12:00pm RAYMOND SCHWAGER, S.J. MEMORIAL LECTURE Claver Recital Hall

Jack Miles ~ “Is the Qur’an the Word of God? Mimetic Theory and the Anxiety of Scriptural Influence”

12:00-1:30pm Lunch Student Center (Line closes at 1:00pm)

Concurrent Session 5 ~ 1:30-3:00pm

5A. BOOK SESSION: Sandor Goodhart’s Möbian Nights, Reading Literature and Darkness (Bloomsbury 2017)

Room: Claver 306

Ann Astell (University of Notre Dame)

Sarah Pessin (University of Denver)

Martha Reineke (University of Northern Iowa)

Respondent: Sandor Goodhart (Purdue University)

5B. CINEMA AND SACRIFICE

Room: Claver 303

Moderator: Jason Archbold

Nikolaus Wandinger (University of Innsbruck) “Wicker Man: Paganism versus Sacrificial Christianity—and the Converted Biblical Alternative”

John Herda (Lyon College) “A Violent Road to a Happy Ending: A Girardian Analysis of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart”

5C. ALTERNATIVES TO RIVALRY AND VIOLENCE

Room: Claver 307

Moderator: Felicity McCallum

Elsa VanHulst (Dominican University College) “Exploiting the Positive Capacities of Politics: Public Policy, Environmental Assessment, and Mimetic Theory.”

Benjamin Barber (Hong Kong Baptist University) “Mimetic Desire in Shelley’s Politics: Spinozan Democracy in A Philosophical View of Reform

Joel Hodge (Australian Catholic University) “The Sacred and the Holy: An Alternative to Mimetic Rivalry of the Post-Truth World”

5D. RHETORICAL PURSUITS OF TRUTH

Room: Claver 309

Moderator: Curtis Gruenler

Paul Lynch (Saint Louis University) “Revealing Rhetoric: The Truth/truth of Mimetic Theory”

Ken Frieden (Syracuse University) “Satire and Parody in Jewish Literature”

David Garcia-Ramos Gallego (Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir) “Knowledge or Wisdom? The Value of Truth in René Girard and Emmanuel Lévinas”

3:00-3:15pm Coffee Break Claver Café Open Area

3:15-4:15pm COV&R General Business Meeting Claver 306

Minutes of the 2017 Business Meeting

4:30pm Bus leaves for Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Shakepeare’s Richard III – Picnic box dinners for theater goers

5:00-6:30pm Dinner Student Center (Line closes at 6:00pm)


Saturday, July 14

9:00-9:30am Coffee Claver Café Open Area

9:30-11:00am RAYMOND SCHWAGER, S.J. PRIZE ~ AWARD CEREMONY & PAPER PRESENTATION Claver Recital Hall

11:30am Bus loads for foothills excursion

11:45-5:00pm Rocky Mountain Foothills Tour

7:45pm Closing Banquet (Cash bar opens at 7:00pm) Mountain View Room, Claver


Guidelines for Paper and Workshop Presenters

Abstracts of all papers and workshops