COV&R-Bulletin No. 16 (April 1999)
PROGRAM OF THE COV&R CONFERENCE AT EMORY UNIVERSITY JUNE 3-5, 1999
Violence Reduction in Theory and Practice:
From Primates to Nations
The 1999 annual meeting, to be held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), is designed to explore the conference hypothesis: A 'full spectrum' of violence reduction theory and practice already exists, ranging from primate studies to international affairs with much more in-between, and needing only to be correlated in order that new syntheses can emerge to propagate violence-free societies throughout the next millennium.
While COV&R members in particular are dedicated and enjoined to "explore, criticize, and develop the mimetic model of the relationship between violence and religion in the genesis and maintenance of culture" (COV&R Object, Bulletin, p.1), scholars and practitioners of all disciplines have been invited to present papers and practicums or workshops that will make available, or provide critical resources for, a 'best theory/practice' repertory for violence reduction. The conference format will permit only brief synopses of papers or sample workshop presentations and practicums, thus allowing opportunities for audience response and participant assessment.
New deadline for Registration: April 15.
Please see the detailed Registration Form at the back of this Bulletin, also available on-line at our web site: http://www.emory.edu/COLLEGE/RELIGION/VR/COVR99meeting.html
This is a preliminary listing and scheduling of Program participants and events. Details may change substantially before our June meeting. Please consult our website for more accurate updates and changes.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2:
9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Pre-Conference COV&R Advisory Board Meeting
THURSDAY, JUNE 3:
9.00 a.m. Gathering time
9.15 a.m.Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Session 1: Generative Anthropology Eric Gans, Ed., "Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology," Anthropology Dept., University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Session 2: Primatology Frans DeWaal, Dir., Living Links Center, Yerkes Primate Research Center, Emory Univ.
Session 3: Psychology of Mimetic Theory Tom Pace, Psychotherapist, Seattle, Washington Rusty Palmer, Psychology, University of Washington Jean-Michel Oughourlian, Psychopathologist, Universite de Besancon
Afternoon Parallel Sessions
4. Tom Flores, Correlation between a Girardian Hermeneutic of the Cross and a Perichoretic Negation of Sacred Violence
5. Steve Haynes, Curing the Curse: Genesis 9 in Girardian Perspective
6. Sara Osborne, The Role of an Ultimate Authority in
Restorative Justice: A Girardian Analysis
7. Jim Grote, Business Ethics, Office Politics, and Mimetic Rivalries
8. Daniel Wolpert, Men's Domestic Violence and the Social Discernment Process
Session 9: Plenary Address Charles Villa-Vincencio, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and University of Cape Town, South Africa
FRIDAY, JUNE 4:
Session 10: Richard Koenigsberg, The Sacrificial Meaning of the Holocaust
Late Morning Parallel Sessions
11. Peter Brecke and William Long, International War and Reconciliation
12. Ted Vehse, Mambu in Morgantown: Collegiate Violence as Expressive of the Cargo Situation
13. Hugh Kierkegaard and Wayne Northey, A Non-Scapegoating Model for Prison Ministry
14. Dawn Perlmutter, Postmodern Iconoclasm: Violence in the School Yard
Session 15: Spiral Dynamics: Mapping Psycho-Social Developments from Prehistory to the Future, Don Edward Beck, Founder, National Values Center
Session 16: Plenary Address René Girard, Hammond Professor of Literature (Emeritus) at Stanford University and Honorary Chair, Colloquium on Violence and Religion
SATURDAY, JUNE 5:
Morning Parallel Sessions
17. William Mishler and others, Kenneth Burke and René Girard on Scapegoating
18. Robert Hamerton-Kelly, The Fall of Creation as a Theological Category and a Biological Problem
19. Billy Hewett, Facing Violence: Girard's Framework for Popular Communication, Participation, and Action
20. Mark Mahoney, Legislating Sacrifice: The Law and the Death Penalty
Noon Box Lunch for COV&R members attending the annual Business Meeting
Afternoon: UNSCHEDULED time for swimming or tennis, walking or resting; trips to Atlanta - e.g., the King Center or Carter Center, Peachtree Street or Sweet Auburn, the historic black colleges, Margaret Mitchell House ("Gone With the Wind") or Stone Mountain
SUNDAY, JUNE 6:
9.00 a.m. Gathering time
9.15-11.00 a.m. Legacy at Atlanta:
An Interfaith Celebration of Religious Nonviolence in Word, Movement, and Song (Tentative location at the M.L. King family church:) Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church