New Volume: The Sacred and the Political


The Sacred and the Political. Explorations on Mimesis, Violence and Religion” is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. Pre-order the book here

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Special Issue on “Mimetic Theory and International Studies”

The Special Issue on “Mimetic Theory and International Studies” has now been published in the Journal of International Political Theory.

To see the issue, click here.


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Thank you!

A big thank you to all our speakers and participants who made the conference such a success.  Everyone had a great time and we have started a conversation that I am sure will continue in the months to come… all the best!

A. C.

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Welcome to the blog for the International Conference “Politics, Violence and the Sacred: Exploring René Girard’s thought in Security and International Studies“, taking place at the University of Central Lancashire  – UCLan on 23-24 May 2013.

The aim of the Conference is bring together a range of scholars from international relations, security studies, social and political theory which may develop a multidisciplinary engagement with René Girard’s work and its relevance for contemporary International Studies.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr Michael Kirwan, Head of Theology, Heythrop College, University of London and author of Girard and Theology (New York & London: Continuum, 2009); Discovering Girard (London: Darton, 2004)
  • Dr Scott Thomas, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Bath, and author of The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Please address any inquiries to:

Dr Antonio Cerella
Lecturer in International Relations
School of Education and Social Science
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2EH
Lancashire, UK
Office: +44 (0) 1772 892798.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

The Conference Organizer

Antonio Cerella

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