2017 Lectures and Seminars

Seminar on ‘Girard’s Mimetic Theory: A Short Guide’ with James Alison

A one-day seminar “Girard’s Mimetic Theory: A Short Guide” will be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, led by one of the leading scholars in mimetic theory, Dr James Alison.

The seminar will introduce participants to all they need to know about mimetic theory. It will cater for beginners and for those who are more advanced.

For more information about the seminars in Sydney and Melbourne: AGS FLYER final

For more information about Brisbane events: Alison flyer Brisbane

Please register to book your place in a seminar:

Sydney: www.trybooking.com/RBNT

Melbourne: www.trybooking.com/RBNV

Brisbane: www.trybooking.com/RLYW

Public Lectures with James Alison

Sydney, 22 September, 6.30pm: ‘‘Violence gives rise to religion: And why popular culture has this back to front…’ (College Chapel, St Paul’s College, 9 City Rd, Camperdown).

Much popular culture and academic literature identifies religion as the cause of violence. In contrast, what if the opposite is the case: that violence gives rise to religion? James Alison will show that religion is actually an answer to the problem of human violence, which develops as a fundamental issue in human evolution and hominization.

Canberra, 26 September, 6.30pm: “Beyond Us and Them: contemplation and living with enemies in a globalised world” (Alison Lecture Canberra abstract)

Brisbane, 28 September, 6.30pm: Love in a Time of Terror

In an age marked by terrorism, much focus is placed on the efforts of police, military and intelligence to prevent or counter violence. But what role is there for love in an age marked by extremist violence? What is erotic love? What is agapeic love? What is “romantic” love? And how can love be understood within a theological anthropology, using René Girard’s mimetic theory?

Adelaide, 3 October, 7.30pm: ‘‘Violence gives rise to religion: And why popular culture has this back to front…’

Please note: 7.30pm Start time, and Venue Change: St Peter’s Anglican Church 1 Torrens Square Glenelg, SA 5045  RSVP HERE

Melbourne, 6 October, 6.30pm: Love in a Time of Terror

For more information: AGS FLYER final

Biographical information: Dr. James Alison is a leading figure in Girard’s mimetic theory, an internationally acclaimed Catholic theologian, and author of numerous books, including The Joy of Being WrongRaising AbelKnowing JesusFaith Beyond ResentmentUndergoing God, and Jesus the Forgiving Victim. For more information, please go to: http://jamesalison.co.uk/


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