Paper Abstracts and Papers

Jeremiah Alberg, Blessed Is the One Who Takes No Scandal in Me

Alberg Paper

Vanessa Avery-Wall, Watchman and Mimetic Theory: Are We Ready for Rorschach?

Avery-Wall Paper

Pablo Bandera, The Physics of a Miracle

Bandera Paper

Benjamin Barber, South Park: Wannabes, Victims, and the Death Camp of Tolerance

Barber Paper

Anthony W. Bartlett, Dissing or Kissing

Elisabeth Bayley, Can the ‘Art’ of Peace Become the Work of Violence? Explorations of Religious ‘Works of Peace’ in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop

Bayley Paper

Woody Belangia, Metaphysical Desire in Girard and Plato

Belangia Paper

Charles K. Bellinger, Abortion and the Drama of Human Motivations: With Reference to Kenneth Burke and René Girard

Bellinger Paper

Thomas Blantz’s Paper, The Potawatomi Mission and Its Trail of Tears

Margaret Brinig, Families, Mimetic Rivalry, and Disabilities

Brinig Paper

Christa Bucklin, Calderon’s Mimetic Deseo: Personified Desire in the Auto sacramental of Baroque Spain

Eric Bugyis, Assimilation as Refusal: Violence, Religion, and History in Jürgen Habermas’ Post-Secular Reconstruction

Bugyis Paper

Daniel P. Castillo, If Only You Had Eyes to See: The Threat of the ‘Mythologizing Cross’ in the Space of Empire

Castillo Paper

Ernest Cole and Curtis Gruenler, Mimicry and Mimetic Rivalry: The Case of Amputees in Sierra Leone

Cole and Gruenler Paper

Andrew Cooper, The Youth Worker as Secular Priest

Cooper Paper

Michael Darcy,Francisco Goya, Witness to Satan’s Rise

Leonard DeLorenzo, Alison, Creation, and Resurrection

DeLorenzo Paper

William Dever, Mimetic Principles During the English Restoration

Colby Dickinson, The End of Representation: The Figure of the Homo sacer in Giorgio Agamben and Its Affinity with the Work of René Girard

Dickinson Paper

Jane Doering, René Girard’s Mimetic Desire Seen through the ‘Great Beast’ of Simone Weil

Doering Paper

Erika Doss, Lynching Memorials and Sites of Shame: Transforming Violence in American Commemorative Cultures

Krista Duttenhaver, The World and the Text: Simone Weil and René Girard on the Transformative Power of Reading

Duttenhaver Paper

Michael Elias, Victims of Victims? The Mimetic Crisis in the Holy Land from a Sociolinguistic Perspective

Elias Paper

Matthew Erdel, The Christian and Punishment in a Violent World: John Howard Yoder’s Interaction with Girardian Theory in The Case for Punishment

Jonathan Fine, Fundamental Religious Violence as a Minority Strategy to Form a Communal Existence as a Non-assimilated Counterculture

Stephen Gardner, James Poulos, and David Humbert, Panel – René Girard and Philip Rieff

Gardner Paper

Humbert Paper

Poulos Paper

George Godfrey’s Paper

Sandor Goodhart, Cities and Self-Aggrandisement: The Civic and the Nomadic in the Hebrew Bible

Tyler Graham, Imitation in Contemporary Catholic Moral Theology

Graham Paper

Per Bjørnar Grande, Analyzing the Religious Nature of Mimesis and Desire in René Girard

Grande Paper

Jim Grote, ’Oops! I Did It Again’: The Scandal of the Kiss

Grote Paper

Julio Hernando, Sacrificial and Un-sacrificial Epics: An Examination of El Cid

Hernando Paper

Joel Hodge, The Transcendence of State Violence and Christian Prayer

Hodge Paper

Joshua Hren, Cloaked Kings and Revealed Brothers

Hren Paper

Justin Jackson, ’And Suffering Appeared on their Faces’: Dostoevskyan Apocalypse, Dostoevskyan Paradise

Allen Johnson, Contagion in the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement: A Good Mimesis?

Johnson Paper

James W. Jones, Mimesis and the Globalization of Religious Terror

Grant Kaplan, Girard Behind Bars: Teaching Mimetic Theory to Convicts

Kaplan Paper

Ashleen Kelly,’To Spare the Conquered and Beat Down the Proud’: Augustine’s Theory of Politics as Sacrifice and Compassion

Kelly Paper

Suzanne Lundquist, Unveiling Girardʼs “Immemorial Lie,” Native Americans, and Positive Reciprocity

Lundquist Paper

Hannah Mäkelä, ’Let Evil Run Its Course’: Rivalry, Scapegoating, and Conversion in Toni Morrison’s Sula

Mäkelä Paper

Rico McCahon and Mark Reeder, Reading ‘Footloose’ through the Lens of The Bacchae and Mimetic Theory: Euripides’ The Bacchae, Starring Ren McCormack as Dionysius, directed by René Girard

McCahon Paper

Sheila McCarthy, Liturgy as Healing of Trauma: Girardian Insights on the Passion

John McGeeney,Toward a Girardian Theory of Market and Regulatory Behaviors

Anne McTaggart, Shame and Violence in the Mimetic Theory

McTaggart Paper

Rich Meyer’s Paper

Kevin Mongrain, Reading René Girard and Hans Urs von Balthasar as Theologians of Spiritual Transformation: Setting the Table for a Mutually Illuminating Dialogue

Pasquale Morabito, St. George and the Dragon. Cult, Culture, and the Foundation of the City

Morabito Paper Part I

Morabito Paper Part II

Morabito Paper Part III

Christopher S. Morrissey, Mimetic Desire According to Mad Men

Norma C. Moruzzi, Reading Arendt in Tehran: Politics, Violence, and the Author as Scapegoat

Michael Tzvi Novick, Charity and the Scapegoat: On Structures of Exchange in Some Rabbinic Texts

Novick Paper

Andreas Oberprantacher, Culture Jammed: The Art of Subverting Violence

Matthew Packer, ‘Better at Being American’: The Chinese Copy Too—Like We Do

Packer Paper

Russell Powell, Ethics of Hope: Praxis in the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement of 1963 Examined through René Girard’s Concept of Mimetic Crisis

Nalin Ranasinghe, Trojan Horse or Troilus’ Whore? Ulysses and the Rape of Troy

Julia Robinson-Harmon, Strange Fruit: Mimetic Theory and the Lynching of Black Bodies

Robinson-Harmon Paper

John Roedel, Overcoming the Humiliation of Oppression through Nonviolence: Using Mimetic Theory to Re-read Fanon

Roedel Paper

Michael de las Casas Rolland, The Chamula maxetik – Transformers of Historical Violence through Ritual Animation

Rolland Paper

Tadd Ruetenik, Another View of Arthur Dimmesdale: A Profound Lesson in Scapegoating from The Scarlet Letter

Ruetenik Paper

Tillman Russell, “Transforming Violence: The Iraq War and the Rhetoric of Conscientious Objection”

Marco Russo, Paraphrasing Clausewitz: Peace Is a Mere Continuation of War By Other Means. About Bauer’s ‘Barbarism’ and the ‘Apocalypse of the Prodigal Sons’

Russo Paper

Thomas Ryba, “Aztlan, La Raza, and the Chicano Recionquista Movement: Myth, Race, and Mimesis in The Origins of Totalitarianism

Ryba Paper

Kyle Scott, Locke(ing) the Desire to Acquire: Using Girard to Unravel Locke’s Theory of Money

Tobin Siebers, In the Name of Pain

Mechal Sobel, Bill Traylor’s Forest of Symbols

Yoon K. Son, Mirrored Images: Love and Loathing in Korean-American Fiction

Petra Steinmair-­‐Pösel, The Church as Therapeutical Community

Steinmair-Poesel Paper

Emily Stetler, Anti-Mimetic Scapegoating: Mental Illness’s Unaesthetic Pain

Stetler Paper

Paulson Veliyannoor, Morphing Crowd into Community: Eucharist as Ritual and Anti-ritual

Veliyannoor Paper

Jordan Wales, Can Violence Cast out Violence? – Christian Sacrifice According to St. Gregory the Great

Wales Paper

Brenda Wall, The Magi Come and Are Disempowered: Matthew’s Gospel, 1:21 to 2:12, 16-18

Nikolaus Wandinger, Original Sin, Grace, and the Apocalypse

Wandinger Paper

James Ward, Cracking the Prison Cultural Code: Victim/Offender Groups as Non-Sacrificial Communities of Redemption

Ward Paper

Henry Weinfield’s Poems

Richmond West, Moving from ‘Hostile Environment’ Sexual ‘Harrassment’ Law to ‘Sexual Discomfort’ Law: A Call for Terminological and Ideological Change

West Paper

Todd David Whitmore, Ritualizing Return: Christian Support for Traditional Acholi Rites of Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

James G. Williams, Hamerton-Kelly on Violence and Mimesis: A Critical Appreciation

Rhys Williams, Liberal Individualism and Civic Integration among America’s New Religious Communities

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