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Anthropoetics 22, 1

Anthropoetics XXII, no. 1
Fall 2016

2016 Conference Issue

Kiyoshi Kawahara and Matthew Taylor –
Introduction to the 2016 Conference Issue


Kinjo Occult Research Group –
A Door to another World: The Imagination in Japanese Folkways and Religion

Aya Ryusawa –
Mastering the Visualization of Heroic Narratives within Daimyō Families: The Illustrated Scroll of Shutendōji in the Edo period

[Japanese version]

Kenshin Kirihara –The Birth of a Myth: Civil War and Sacrifice in Early Meiji Japan
[Japanese version]

Shoko Komatsu –The Haunted Mansion and <Woman>:
Otherworldly Apparitions in the Modern Cities of Japan

[Japanese version]

Ian Dennis – “More Skilled Practitioners of Wanting”: Buddhism and Romanticism in the Market World

Edmond Wright – How to read religious poems anthropoetically (using examples from Gerard Manley Hopkins and Kobayashi Issa)

Magdalena Złocka – Dąbrowska – Cratos as Cognition: Gans and Dumézil in Dialogue on Language and Violence


Girard Memorial Lectures Nagoya, Japan

René Girard Memorial Lectures and Symposium

“Forgive Us Our Debts”

René Girard, Atonement, and Christian-Buddhist Dialogue

a continuing conversation

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan
Omori Campus, Room N1-403
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Musashi Tachikawa   National Museum of Ethnology
Paul Dumouchel          Ritsumeikan University
Jeremiah Alberg          International Christian University
Sumio Takeda               Kinjo Gakuin University (Professor Emeritus)
Kiyoshi Kawahara      Kinjo Gakuin University
Matthew Taylor           Kinjo Gakuin University

Opening words by Matsuto Sowa, President
Institute for the Study of Christian Culture, Kinjo Gakuin University

Almost exactly one year after the passing of René Girard (December 25, 1923 – November 4, 2015), this one day event honors his legacy with lectures and a symposium focusing on the impact of his mimetic theory, particularly on the Christian doctrine of atonement, as well as Christian-Buddhist dialogue. Extending a dialogue begun at the 10th Annual Conference of the Generative Anthropology held at Kinjo Gakuin University in June, 2016, this event brings together prominent Girard scholars (Paul Dumouchel and Jeremiah Alberg), Buddhist scholar Musashi Tachikawa, and scholars associated with Kinjo Gakuin University (Sumio Takeda, Kiyoshi Kawahara, and Matthew Taylor).

This event is supported by the Institute for the Study of Christian Culture of Kinjo University. It is free and open to the public. Lunch is available for 1,000 yen if pre-ordered. Refreshments will be available during breaks. Lectures and discussion will be primarily in English.

Please direct inquiries to:
Matthew Taylor (English)
Kiyoshi Kawahara (Japanese)

For access to Kinjo Gakuin University see:

Tenth Annual GASC in Nagoya, Japan

The Tenth Annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference was held June 17-19 at the Kinjo Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan. The organization by Matthew and Emi Taylor and Kiyoshi Kawahara was flawless and included simultaneous translations of many of the papers. The conference was dedicated to the memory of René Girard, who passed away last November.

The conference home page, with links to the program and notes on the speakers, may be found at

Next year’s conference, our eleventh, will be held at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, in early June 2017.

Anthropoetics 21, 2

Anthropoetics XXI, no. 2
Spring 2016

In Honor of René Girard

Jean-Pierre Dupuy – A Tribute to René Girard
Benjamin Barber – Mimetic Drama in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Byron’s Historicizing Lyricism
Andrew Bartlett – Girard and the Question of Pacifism
Thomas F. Bertonneau – Flaubert’s Tentation de Saint-Antoine: Three Approaches
Chris Fleming and John O’Carroll – Paganism: Promising Promises and Resentful Results
Peter Goldman – Girard and Bakhtin on the Novel
Trevor Cribben Merrill – The Comedy of Desire: Four Variations and a Coda in Homage to René Girard
Richard van Oort – René Girard’s Shakespeare

Katz-Gans Antisemitism Book Launched

On Mach 17, 2016, Adam Katz and Eric Gans participated in a launching presentation of their new book, The First Shall Be the Last: Rethinking Antisemitism (Leiden: Brill, 2015), at the ISGAP headquarters in New York City, 165 E 56th Street, followed by a question period. Their book is the first in a series of studies sponsored by ISGAP (The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy).

Katz-Gans Antisemitism Book Launch NYC March 17

The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP)
is pleased to invite you to the launch of
an important new book

The First Shall Be the Last: Rethinking Antisemitism
Adam Katz & Eric Gans

March 17, 2016
6:00-8:00 PM
Wine Reception
Followed by a Q & A with the authors

165 EAST 56th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
RSVP by Mon. March 14
For more information: (212) 230-1840

2016 GASC Call for papers


10th Annual GASC (Generative
Anthropology Summer Conference)

Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan
June 17-19, 2016

Cultural Universals, Cultural Specifics, and
On the Applicability of Generative Anthropology

Call for Papers

The Generative Anthropology Society and Conference (GASC) is pleased to announce its 10th annual summer conference, the second in Japan after the 2012 meeting at International Christian University in Tokyo held jointly with the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). This time, the conference will be held in Nagoya, in the economically vibrant and historically rich region of central Japan.

Our conference theme is the cross-cultural applicability of GA. Much as its progenitor mimetic theory does, GA makes universal claims regarding the origin and constitution of the human. But it emerges out of a specific location (within Western culture) and has drawn more significantly upon and focused most of its analytical energies on the emergence and development of Western, Judeo-Christian social orders. We invite participants to explore and critically engage GA’s claim to universality in the light of diverse cultural perspectives. With warm memories of our collaboration with COV&R in Tokyo in 2012, we encourage participation from Girardian scholars. Submissions are welcome in (though not limited to) the following areas, particularly as they relate to generative anthropology or mimetic theory:

  • the universality of generative anthropology/mimetic theory
  • culturally specific claims in generative anthropology/mimetic theory
  • inclusivity, exclusivity and cultural “firstness”
  • the global economy and the exchange system
  • globalization, consumerism, and cultural identity
  • East, West and the “Asian century”
  • Westernization, secularization, and the Judeo-Christian legacy
  • Buddhism and Judeo-Christian thought: intersections and divergences
  • religion, myth and folklore in non-Western traditions
  • art, literature and philosophy in non-Western traditions
  • contemporary society and media in Japan and East Asia
  • language universals vs. linguistic relativism
  • the cultural “other” in media, art and literature

Papers may be presented in either English or Japanese. Submit English (or bilingual) proposals of 200-300 words in either Word or PDF format to by 30 April 2016.
For information on Generative Anthropology, see <>. For conference details, contact the chief Organizer of GASC X: We look forward to your submissions!

第10生成人類学会 夏季国際学会開催のご案内



生成人類学会会議(GASC)は、第10回夏季国際学会を開催いたします。日本国内では2012年に東京の国際基督教大学にてCOV&R(the Colloquium on Violence and Religion)と共催して以来、二度目の開催となります。今回は日本の中部に位置し、活気ある経済と豊かな歴史を持つ名古屋での開催です。



□日時 2016年6月17~19日

□会場 金城学院大学 愛知県名古屋市守山区大森2-1723


  • 生成人類学と模倣理論の普遍性
  • 生成人類学と模倣理論における文化的個別性の主張
  • 包含性、排他性と文化的「独創性」
  • グローバル経済と交換システム
  • グローバル化、消費者主義と文化的アイデンティティー
  • 東洋、西洋と「アジアの世紀」
  • 西洋化、世俗化とユダヤ・キリスト教の遺産
  • 仏教とユダヤ・キリスト教の思想:共通点と相違点
  • 非西洋的な伝統における宗教、神話、民間伝承
  • 非西洋的な伝統における芸術、文学、哲学
  • 日本と東アジアにおける現代社会とメディア
  • 言語的普遍性 対 言語相対主義
  • メディア、芸術、文学における文化的「他者」


発表要旨の原稿(英語で発表する方は英語のみ、日本語で発表する方は英日両言語)を、2016年4月30日までに、英語は200~300語、日本語は400~600字で、WordもしくはPDF形式にて、ご所属とご氏名も記して、 にご提出ください。

  • GAに関する詳細。
  • 研究会に関する詳細、お問い合わせ先。 Taylor)

Posted July 6, 2015; Japanese text added 7/18