[artinfo] Call for Papers: Cultures of Evil

Richard Koenigsberg libraryofsocialscience at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 28 11:01:41 CEST 2005

8th Annual University of South Carolina Comparative Literature Conference,
February 9-11, 2006

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cultures of Evil and the Attractions of Villainy

Keynote Speakers: Agnes Heller (New School), Geoffrey Bennington 
(Emory), Alberto Moreiras (Duke)
Special Guest: Edmundo Desnoes (Author and Screenwriter)

In the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, the arrest of General
Pinochet, the various indictments of Henry Kissinger, the Iraqi war, and
torture, a new internationalized panorama of critique has emerged that
reassesses previous assumptions concerning political ethics. This
conference takes up a central issue of today's post-Cold War world--that
of evil--and explores the refiguration of the traditional villain.

As globalization has broadened cultural horizons, scholarly research has
sought to address these new complexities with interdisciplinary
approaches, which this conference aims to encompass.

  We welcome proposals for papers and panels on topics that might include
(but are not limited to) the following: Postnational Justice, The Villain
in Literature, Post-Derridian ethics, Representations of law in film and
literature, Globalization and culture, Politics of Performativity, Third
World Cinema, Cuba, New imperialisms, perception of evil in shaping acts
of war and terror, etc.

Please send one-page abstracts for twenty-minute papers to the
conference organizers at the following e-mail address:

     CulturesofEvil at earthlink.net

Or write to:  Maria Mabrey, Conference Coordinator
               Comparative Literature Program
               1620 College St.
               University of South Carolina
               Columbia, SC 29208

Deadline for proposals: November 15, 2005.

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