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Topic and Call for Papers: Since 2019 the world has been looking at an outburst of social unrest. People have taken to the streets to demand economic and social change. Unfortunately, one of the most common characteristics of these worldwide protests has been the tough response from the police. The rush of these new social movements is expressed in new demands with strong marches in the streets and its roots are founded in the crisis within democratic systems, flowing from a global economic model that only cares about producing a wealthier and powerful minority above any other real necessity. This is leading to enormous environmental damage and new exclusions, particularly of young people and those who are forced to migrate.
In addition, we have been confronted with the enormous global health challenge produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a worldwide crisis. The pandemic has exposed the profound inequality within countries, revealing serious patterns of individualism and selfishness. The same is true concerning the inequality in the vaccination process at the global level, as well as between regions of particular countries. Added to the difficulties of global vaccination, the ineptness calls for solidarity and reveals this rapacious human calamity.
We need better understandings of these situations, as well as solutions that could reduce exclusions. Mimetic theory plays an important role here. However, we believe that this crisis invites us to renew the inter- and trans-disciplinary horizon with which René Girard always worked.
The crisis that the pandemic has left and the emergence of new social movements with their demands for social, political, and economic changes challenge us to keep seeking better understandings of these situations, as well as solutions that could reduce exclusions.
Since this is the first meeting of COV&R organized in Latin America, we want to dialogue with the philosophies and theologies of liberation, as well as with decolonial positions. We believe that mimetic theory invites us to study and propose different approaches that help a non-violent way out of the crisis and, therefore, to build peace.
This is the reason why we have invited people from different fields of knowledge to participate in this meeting, always with reference to mimetic theory as proposed by René Girard, and with the aim of having serious conversations seeking better understandings and solutions to the current crisis.
Finally, we invite papers that probe these and related problematics from a wide variety of disciplines. We require only some serious engagement with Girard’s theory. You can send your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org until June 1, 2022.
The Critical Thinking and Subjectivity Research Group of the Philosophy School of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana invites proposals until June 1, 2022. The approximate length of papers to be delivered will be 9000 words (approx. 30 min.). Proposals should include contact information, a title and a 300-word abstract. All submissions should include a statement at the end of the proposal listing technology needs. Proposals must be submitted in English.
Proposals should be emailed to Mr. Ronald Rico: email@example.com.
COV&R members are encouraged to distribute the call for proposals to their students and friends.
Possible fields for paper proposals:
We have focused our call for papers on the CRISIS. The crisis refers, on the one hand, to the new social movements, and to the excessive response of the public forces across almost all the planet. On the other hand, the pandemic caused by Covid-19, with an enormous death toll and serious economic effects, exposes the unjust distribution of wealth and opportunities in the world.
But new perspectives in the humanities have emerged in a context where the academy is under pressure to prioritize knowledge of the future and entrepreneurship, against the knowledge of the past and of what is not useful. This is an old crisis. But the situation of the last 50 years has produced movements in the humanities that only emerge in conflict against another form of the same humanities, fragmenting knowledge into rival ways of approaching the academic enterprise.
Our focus is on mimetic theory, its discussions in the different perspectives with which it is approached and what is assumed in the face of the different problems that are worked on. All papers that want to show their developments of and new discussions on mimetic theory are welcome.
In addition, working from mimetic theory and in dialogue with the new humanities, we would like to invite your proposals on:
- Ways to understand the new social movements
- Experiences of social mobilization that can be reflected from mimetic theory
- Alternatives to reduce the violence of state security forces
- Approaches to understand the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic at local, national, regional and global levels
- Responses to the effects that the pandemic has produced accompanied by the reflection unleashed by mimetic theory
- Regional perspectives to approach mimetic theory, such as readings from the Global South, the heritage and developments of liberation philosophy and theology, and everything derived from the decolonial turn that affects issues related to ethnicity, power, gender, knowledge, and pedagogies
This is the reason why we invite people from different fields of knowledge to participate in this meeting, always with the reference of the mimetic theory proposed by René Girard and with the aim of having serious conversations in search of better understandings and solutions to the current crisis.
The organizing committee also welcomes proposal for practitioner-focused, interactive workshops that relate to the work of Girard or the conference theme. Such sessions could take different forms (e.g., workshop-style, forum, discussion group, panel) and may cover areas of interest for a significant group. Please provide a description and rationale for an inter-active workshop on a particular topic to be facilitated for approximately 45 or 90 minutes by appropriately qualified persons. Working groups can be proposed in Spanish.
To honor the memory of Raymund Schwager S.J, the Colloquium on Violence and Religion is offering an award of $1,500 shared by up to three persons for the three best papers given by graduate students at the COV&R 2022 meeting. Receiving the award also entails the refund of the conference registration fee. The winners also receive a certificate.
Students presenting papers at the conference are invited to apply for the Raymund Schwager Memorial Award by sending a letter to that effect and the full text of their paper in an e-mail attachment to Roberto Solarte at firstname.lastname@example.org, organizer of the COV&R 2022 meeting and chair of the three-person COV&R Awards Committee. The paper should be in English, maximum length: 10 pages double-spaced. Because of blind review, the author name should not be stated in the essay or in the title of the PDF file. Due date for submission is the closing date of the conference registration, May 27, 2022. Winners will be announced in the conference program. Prize-winning essays should reflect an engagement with mimetic theory; they will be presented in a plenary session and be considered for publication in Contagion.
Plenary Speakers: The main Colombian speaker will be the academic Vera Grabe. She has a Ph.D. in peace studies and was former leader of the M-19 warfare (dissolved in the 90’s). She has worked several years in peacebuilding.
Another leading speaker is James Krapfl with whom we would like to discuss the relations between mimetic theory and the new ways of approaching historiography, particularly, those of Foucauldians, like Oscar Saldarriaga, a Colombian historian.
With James Alison, Carlos Mendoza, Petra Steinmair-Pösel and Edgar López —and all the theologians interested in our invitation—we are going to realize, in a deeper way, how the theological perspectives are possible through Girardian theory.
João Cezar de Castro Rocha will join us to explore the ways in which mimetic theory influences literacy studies and arts in a dialogue with Jeffrey Cedeño, a professor from Venezuela.
Stéphane Vinolo will help us to explore new philosophical horizons in relation to mimetic theory.
Meet our plenary speakers
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a Jesuit university which is distinguished as one of the best in Colombia and Latin America. Lodging options are at nearby hotels.
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Bogotá is a city with many places of interest such as the gold museum and the colonial zone. Colombia, the place of the magic realism— as the Nobel prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Márquez would say—is a country with beautiful places like Cartagena, the coffee zone, magical little towns, and Leticia in the middle of the Amazonian jungle. It is one of the world’s best repositories of surviving fauna and flora which can be visited in a several ways. One of the outstanding activities available is bird watching, as Colombia is considered a world leader in this field.
COV&R offers travel grants under the following conditions:
1. Possible recipients are grad students or practitioners of mimetic theory (e.g., NGO/non-profit staff; journalists, government employees). Preference is given to graduate students but practitioners of mimetic theory are also encouraged to apply.
2. Possible recipients have an accepted proposal and offer a presentation at the conference.
3. Grants are awarded at the conference.
4. Attendees are eligible one time only for a travel grant. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a grant previously.
5. Grants are given on a first come, first served basis.
6. The registration fee will be waived for travel grant recipients.
To apply for a travel grant, write to the Executive Secretary of the Colloquium at email@example.com and explain your need and eligibility for the grant. He will be in touch with the conference organizers, so that grants will be awarded according to the Colloquium's specifications.
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Lodging options during the Congress:
We know you will be in Bogota for the congress, but we are thinking of a complete experience where you get as much as possible from the event, our reality, history, and our way of living and culture.
We recommend the following hotels, which have agreements with us.
This hotel is located 5 minutes from the heart of Bogotá, on Trans 4 # 43 – 95. Next to the campus of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá and the San Ignacio University Hospital.
Phone number: (+57) 6017449999
This hotel is one of the most traditional places in Bogota. Located in the downtown area, it offers the positive characteristics of a big hotel, and you will be just 20 minutes away walking from the university. The best of staying here is that you will be close to several touristic places in Bogota, for example:
*Monserrate: it is a colonial Church at the top of a mountain (10.000 feet high) from which you can see all the city. You get on top of the hill by taking a funicular or a cable car. Also, you will be able to buy souvenirs and food there.
*La Candelaria: is a historic neighborhood characterized by traditional houses. A lot of important events in the history of Colombia took place there.
Phone number: (+57) 6013820300
It is a welcoming hotel at Chapinero's heart with comfortable rooms and a friendly staff. It is located near to "La zona G", in which there are a wide range of gastronomical offerings. In addition, its centrality provides easy accesibility to the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the downtown and shopping, financial and tourist centers.
Phone number: (+57) 601608 8080 - 601743 3777
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana