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Colloquium On Violence & Religion



COV&R-Bulletin No. 2 (March 1992)


Ethnocentrism in the Study of Violence

May 7-9, 1992

Conference Program

After a reception on Thursday evening, May 7, there will be a full program of papers on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9. The conference will conclude with a dinner Saturday evening at the Sundance Mine Company (across the street from the Stanford Terrace Inn).

Papers will be given by

Mark Anspach, "Ethnocentrism and the Mimetic Double Bind"

René Girard, "Ethnocentrism and Western Culture"

Roel Kaptein, "Northern Ireland and Ethnocentrism"

Andrew McKenna, "The Song of Roland, Ethnocen trism, and Violence: Euracism and Mine"

Tobin Siebers, "The Ethics of Anti-Ethnocentrism"

Norman Stolzoff, "Generative Violence and Participant Observation"

There will also be a discussion of Robert Hamerton-Kelly's book, Sacred Violence: Paul's Herme neutic of the Cross. Critiques will be offered by Paul Duff, "Sacred Violence and Social Order in Paul's Writings," and Neil Elliott, "The Lethality of the Law in Paul: Issues of Interpretation." Kelly will send an article summarizing his argument to all registered participants and respond to the presentations by Duff and Elliott.

Seminar on Spirituality

In addition to the regular conference, there will also be a seminar on spirituality Wednesday, May 6, 5:30-10 p.m. It will be led by Roel Kaptein and Raymund Schwager. The anticipated "mix" of participants is that of interested COV&R members, local laypeople, and perhaps some university faculty.

Meeting Places

Information on meeting places for the regular conference and the spirituality seminar will be sent with the papers to those who register for the conference.

Registration Fee

As indicated in the first issue of the Bulletin, we will have to require a registration fee in order to cover a large part of the expenses of the conference. The Executive Secre tary will give a financial report at the meeting. We now have dues payments from 55 members in North America and Europe (as of January 6), plus some assistance from the Program of Interdisciplinary Research and René Girard's Hammond Chair funds. However, the support from the Program has been drastically reduced. Without registration income, the conference would not be possible.

The registration form should be sent by March 31 to Kaeti Bailie (address on form). The registration fee is $50.00. This includes the cost of duplicating and mailing papers, the reception, a common lunch on Saturday, and other expenses. The cost of the concluding dinner is not included in the registration. The charge for the dinner is $25.00.


A block of rooms has been set aside for COV&R partici pants at Stanford Terrace Inn, which is a walk of about 15 minutes from the Stanford campus. The motel will provide a shuttle service to the campus (but not back to the motel). It is also possible to use the University Marguerite bus system from the motel to the campus and back. Please reserve a room right away by calling the motel directly, 415/857-0333. Its address is 531 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. The room rate is $84.70, including tax. Since all the rooms are set up as doubles, you can halve the rate by arranging to share a room.

Transportation (SFO Airport to Palo Alto)

To get from SFO Airport to Palo Alto we recommend the Airport Connection shuttle service. Call after your arrival at the airport (white courtesy telephone) 7-0901.

Further Information

For further information about the conference contact James G. Williams at Syracuse University (tel. 315/443-3861, fax 315/443-5390) or Margaret Tompkins at Stanford University (tel. 415/723-1356, fax 415/723-0482).




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I will attend the spirituality seminar (May 6)

Send your check for registration ($50), or registration and dinner ($75), to Kaeti Bailie, Temenos, Box 925, Sonoma, CA 95476. Tel. 707/996-4704. Please make out the check to COV&R.