JEREMIAH L. ALBERG is Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. Since 2011, he has served as the Executive Secretary of the Colloquium of Violence and Religion (COV&R). He has written a book entitled A Reinterpretation of Rousseau: A Religious System (2007). He has also published and given talks on scandal in Rousseau’s thought as well as in other texts of other authors. Most recently, Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses: Reading Scandalous Texts was published in the Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture Series.
EMANUELE ANTONELLI is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Turin, where he earned his M.A. in Philosophy and History of Ideas with Gianni Vattimo. As a visiting student at the EHESS (Paris) and TA of Jean Pierre Dupuy at Stanford University, he earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Social Sciences at the University of Rome II “Tor Vergata.” His areas of specialization include esthetics and philosophical hermeneutics. He is the author of La creatività degli eventi. René Girard e Jacques Derrida (2011) a study of the transcendental creativity of victimage events, with a preface by Paul Dumouchel, and of La mimesi e la traccia. Contributi per un’ontologia [End Page 247] dell’attualità (2013), which weaves the diverse legacies of mimetic theory and deconstruction. He has also published papers dedicated to poststructuralism, hermeneutics, and Weak Thought in Italian and international journals of philosophy and literature (Tropos, Contagion, Dialeghesthai, Enthymema).
PETER JOHN BARBER is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies, specializing in Christian Origins, at the University of British Columbia. His M.A. research, completed at UBC in 2012, offers a fresh reading of the so-called Eucharistic passage of John’s Gospel in light of mimetic theory. He recently published an article in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture exploring the reception of the Gospels in the Harry Potter novels from a Girardian perspective (2012). At COV&R, Cedar Falls, Iowa (2013), he presented a paper on an extension of his Master’s thesis entitled “The Consumption Metaphor for Violence in Paul’s Letters: Galatians 5:15 and its Relatives.”
DOM ELIAS CARR, CanReg (Canons Regular of Saint Augustine), is a Canon of the Abbey of Klosterneuburg (Stift Klosterneuburg, Austria), residing at the Canonry of Saint Leopold, Glen Cove, New York, USA, where he serves as Pastor of the Church of Saint Rocco and as Headmaster of All Saints Regional Catholic School.
SCOTT COWDELL is a Research Professor in the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia, and Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican diocese. He is the author of seven books, most recently René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). He is a member of the COV&R Advisory Board. With Joel Hodge and Chris Fleming, he founded the Australian Girard Seminar in 2011, co-editing its “Violence, Desire, and the Sacred” series with Bloomsbury Publishing and serving as President. The series’ latest installment is Mimesis, Movies, and Media: Violence, Desire, and the Sacred Volume 3 (Bloomsbury 2015).
ROBERT DORAN is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester. He is the author of The Theory of the Sublime from Longinus to Kant, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, and The Ethics of Theory: Philosophy, History, Literature (forthcoming). He has edited three books: René Girard’s Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953–2005 (2008), Hayden White’s The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957–2007 (2010), and Philosophy of History After Hayden White (2013). He is also the editor of special [End Page 248] issues of SubStance, “Cultural Theory after 9/11: Terror, Religion, Media” (2008), which includes an interview with René Girard, and Yale French Studies, “Rethinking Claude Lévi-Strauss: 1908–2009” (2013).
RENÉ GIRARD is a member of the French Academy and Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. He is the recipient of the Modern Language Association’s Lifetime Achievement...