The Summer School starts with an interdisciplinary introduction of Girard’s cultural theory addressing hominization, secularity and interdividuality while also giving ample time to a clear understanding of Girardian concepts like mimesis, scandal, sacrifice, méconnaissance, conversion, scapegoat, apocalyptic.
On Wednesday there will be a session on Shakespeare. A play will be screened, offering material for an analysis of dramaturgical structure and mimetic processes.
Heidegger is on the programme on Thursday. Sections on Mitsein in Sein und Zeit (in English translation) will offer a deeper understanding of Girard’s chapter on ‘Peter’s denial’ (inThe Scapegoat), as will a visit to ‘Camp Amersfoort’, one of the concentration camps in the Netherlands during World War II.
Complex Mimetic Systems & Social Dynamics will be on the programme of Friday 17th.
Saturday will offer poster presentations in the presence of invited members of the Dutch Girard Society and a discussion panel on the many  sides of mimetic theory: believing in Christ, doing science, interpreting texts.

The first days of the second week are devoted to fundamental institutions of human culture, from religion, warfare, and the state – with roots in sacred kingship - to the economy. Towards the end of the course we’ll apply mimetic theory in a systematic analysis and interpretation of crises caused by divine and human violence, as depicted in the Biblical writings of the Old and New Testament to be followed by exploring a faith inspired anthropology of learning about ourselves living ‘interdividually’ in a world in which desire is unleashed.

Throughout the course some issues about which there is no agreement among Girardians will be presented for discussion. One is the question of what constitutes mimesis, especially so-called 'good mimesis'. Does it exist among human beings? Are human beings just mimetic? Or does mimesis always turn violent and, hence, is there a necessarily intricate connection between mimesis and violence?

ESS Schedule:

Monday 12 July
Introduction 1
Michael Elias, Paul Dumouchel, Suzanne Ross, Thérèse Onderdenwijngaard

Tuesday 13 July   
Introduction II
Michael Hardin, James Alison

Wednesday 14 July
Shakespeare, Girard and Midsummer Night’s Dream
Michael Kirwan, Els Launspach

Thursday 15 July
Mitsein amidst violence, excursion to Camp Amersfoort
Joachim Duyndam, Michael Elias

Friday 16 July   
Complex Mimetic Systems
Hans Weigand, Keith Ross

Saturday 17 July   
Student's Day
Poster presentations and forum discussions.

Sunday 18 July   
Free Day

Monday 19 July   
Fundamental Institutions of Human Culture 1
Mark Anspach, Paul Dumouchel, Simon Simonse

Tuesday 20 July
Fundamental Institutions of Human Culture 2
Mark Anspach, Paul Dumouchel,  Simon Simonse

Wednesday 21 July

Resentment and Transcendence
Benoît Chantre

Thursday 22 July   
Biblical Crises
Nikolaus Wandinger

Friday 23 July   
Beyond Rivalry: God and the shape of human learning
James Alison

Saturday 24 July
Wrapping up

Sunday 25 July   
Tears & bye bye

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