What: Violence in the Name of Religion, The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R)
When: Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 17 July
One of the most pressing issues of our time is the outbreak of extremist violence and terrorism, done in the name of religion.
The conference will critically analyse the link made between religion and violence, and explore contemporary topics of great significance, such as Islamist terrorism and radicalization in its various political, economic, religious, military and technological dimensions.
The conference will be host to an international association focused on the work of René Girard, who was one of the leading theorists of violence in the 20th century. In this conference, the insights of Girard’s mimetic theory will be brought into dialogue with the latest scholarship on religion and violence, particularly exploring the nature of extremist violence.
The conference is open to academics, professionals, religious practitioners, military, police, and anyone interested in engaging the conference topic in respectful dialogue.
We have an exciting range of internationally acclaimed speakers who will present at the conference, including:
Professor Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University, USA);
Professor Anne Aly (Edith Cowan University, Western Australia);
Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard (Australian Catholic University, Canberra);
Professor Greg Barton (Deakin University, Melbourne);
Reverend Professor Frank Brennan SJ (Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University);
Associate Professor Kathleen Butler (University of Newcastle);
Professor William T. Cavanaugh (De Paul University and author of The Myth of Religious Violence), who will give the Raymund Schwager Memorial Lecture;
Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuy (École Polytechnique, Paris / Stanford University, California);
Dr Chris Fleming (Western Sydney University, NSW);
Most Rev Dr Philip Freier (Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne/Primate of The Anglican Church of Australia);
Professor Wolfgang Palaver (the University of Innsbruck); and
Ms Naomi Wolfe (Australian Catholic University).
The Call for Papers is currently open. Submissions are welcome on the conference theme and/or any area of work related to Girard's mimetic theory.