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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 1075-7201
  • eISSN: 1930-1200
  • Frequency: Annual


Contagion is the journal of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R), an international association of scholars founded in 1990 and dedicated to the exploration, criticism, and development of René Girard’s mimetic model of the relationship between violence and religion in the genesis and maintenance of culture. The Violence, Mimesis, and Culture Series and Breakthoughs in Mimetic Theory Series provide additional examination of cultural mimesis.

COV&R is concerned with questions of research and application. Scholars from diverse fields and theoretical orientations are invited to participate in its conferences and publications. Membership includes subscriptions to Contagion and to the organization’s quarterly Bulletin which contains recent bibliography, book reviews, and information on the annual conference as well as on relevant satellite sessions in conferences of diverse disciplines.

Editorial Board


William A. Johnsen, Michigan State University

Advisory Editors

René GirardStanford University
Andrew McKenna, Loyola University of Chicago
Raymund SchwagerUniversity of Innsbruck
James Williams, Syracuse University

Editorial Board

Rebecca Adams, Independent Scholar
Jeremiah L. Alberg, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
Mark Anspach, École Polytechnique, Paris
Pierpaolo Antonello, Cambridge University
Ann Astell, University of Notre Dame
Cesáreo Bandera, University of North Carolina
Ángel Jorge Barahona Plaza, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid
Maria Stella Barberi, Università di Messina
Alexei Bodrov, St. Andrews Biblical Theological Institute, Moscow
João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Benoît Chantre, L’Association Recherches Mimétiques
Scott Cowdell, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia
Diana Culbertson, Kent State University
Paul Dumouchel, Ritsumeikan University
Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Stanford University, École Polytechnique
Giuseppe Fornari, Università degli studi di Bergamo
Eric Gans, University of California, Los Angeles
Sandor Goodhart, Purdue University
Robert Hamerton-KellyStanford University
Hans Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Grant Kaplan, Saint Louis University
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Shaw University
Michael Kirwan, SJ, Heythrop College, University of London
Paisley Livingston, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Charles Mabee, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit
Józef Niewiadomski, Universität Innsbruck
Wolfgang Palaver, Universität Innsbruck
Martha Reineke, University of Northern Iowa
Julia Robinson Moore, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Tobin Siebers‡, University of Michigan
Thee Smith, Emory University
Petra Steinmair-Pösel, KPH Edith Stein
Mark Wallace, Swarthmore College
Nikolaus Wandinger, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Eugene Webb, University of Washington

Submission Information

Contagion invites submissions of manuscripts dealing with the theory or practical application of the mimetic model in anthropology, economics, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and cultural studies. All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under review by any other publication outlet.

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Olivier O’Donovan, Peace and Certainty: A Theological Essay
on Deterrence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), 74–75.

Andrew Lascaris, “The Likely Price of Peace: René Girard’s
Hypothesis,” New Blackfriars 66 (1985): 517–524.

Eric Charles White, “Negentropy, Noise, and Emancipatory
Thought,” in Chaos and Order, ed. N. Katherine Hayles (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1991), 263–277.

Lord Alfred Tennyson, “Ulysses,” in The Norton Anthology of
English Literature, Seventh Edition, Vol. 2, ed. M. H. Abrams (New York: Norton, 2001),
1214, lines 16–17.


  • Campbell and Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words, 10.
  • Brands, “Age of Vulnerability,” 963.
  • Greenstein, “Eisenhower’s Leadership Style,” in Eisenhower, 55.

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