On May 23-24, 2013, the University of Central Lancashire will convene a conference on “Politics, Violence and the Sacred: Exploring René Girard’s thought in Security and International Studies.” From the conference blog:

The aim of the Conference is bring together a range of scholars in international relations, security, social and political theory which may develop a multidisciplinary engagement with René Girard’s work and its relevance for contemporary International Studies. A Special Issue of a journal and/or an edited volume is also envisaged as an outcome of the event.

Keynote Speakers includes:

Dr Michael Kirwan, Head of Theology, Heythrop College, University of London and author of Girard and Theology (New York & London: Continuum, 2009); Discovering Girard(London: Darton, 2004)

Dr Scott Thomas, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Bath, and author of The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Potential participants from various disciplines are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by February 15th, 2013. Find more about the conference here.