Reading Group on Rene Girard – Mimetic Theory

As some have mentioned interest in exploring Rene Girard’s ideas on Mimetic Theory, I have finally been able to arrange the details for a reading group. The reading group will be 3 weeks, each week dedicated to one for the 3 phases of Mimetic Theory (MT), namely:

  • Mimetic Desire
  • The Scapegoat Mechanism
  • Judaic-Christian response to the Scapegoat mechanism

Well do close textual readings of Girard’s original texts and of course share insights and discussions around Mimetic Theory. The point being to share and empower each other regarding MT, and we do this from different perspectives.

Interested people range from anthropologists, people working in corporate South Africa, educational pedagogy, religious studies, people interested in aesthetics and architecture, active pastors and NGO activists to of course philosophers. It promises to be an inter-disciplinary and highly stimulating hour and half.

All people are invited – Please spread far and wide.

Unisa Anthropology department has been so kind as to offer us a venue. Good coffee is on offer in exchange for challenging insight relating to MT.

Details are as follows:

Dates: Thursday

29 August

5 September

12 Septemer

Time: 15:00 for 15:30 (ending at 16:30)

Venue: Unisa Pretoria, Room 4-150 Theo van Wijk Building in Anthropology and Archeology department. (Meet at front of Unisa Main doors at 15:00 so we wont get lost)

Please let me know if you are interested in attending and I’ll forward the reading for each week. It isn’t meant to be long , and if you can’t read them before hand don’t worry about it.

Best Wishes



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