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Editor's Note As has beenpastpractice, the editors ofContagion continue to selectfor referee processpapersfrom the annual meetings ofthe Colloquium on Violence andReligion. The present volume contains some ofthe proceedings from the 2001 Colloquium in Antwerp on "Mimetic Theory andthe History ofPhilosophy, "as well asfrom the 2002 Colloquium at Purdue University on "Judaism, Christianity, and the Ancient world: Mimesis, Sacrifice, andScripture. " The volume also containsarticlessubmitteddirectly to thejournalfor consideration. We continue to welcome manuscriptsfrom authors in allacademicdisciplines andfields ofprofessionalactivitywhich bear on René Girard's mimetic model ofhuman behavior andcultural organization. Future volumes will also include a sectionfor Notes and Comments, allowingfor responses toprevious essays and discussion oftexts and issues relating to interests ofthe Colloquium. Wewishagain to expressourthanks toPatriciaClemente, AdministrativeSecretary oftheDepartmentofModernLanguages andLiteratures atLoyola University Chicago, for her resourceful vigilance in seeing thejournal through to its timelyproduction. ...


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