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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Cultures of Evil and the Attractions of Villainy

8th Annual Comparative Literature Conference

9-11 February, 2006

Keynote Speakers: 

Agnes Heller (New School)

Alberto Moreiras (Duke)

Special Guest:

Edmundo Desnoes (Author and Screenwriter)

In the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, the arrest of General Pinochet and the various indictments of Henry Kissinger, a new internationalized panorama of critique has emerged that reassesses previous assumptions concerning 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 culturalhorizons, academic research has sought to address these new complexities with more interdisciplinary approaches that the 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 Cinema, Cuba, New imperialisms etc.

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

Or write to: Maria Mabrey or Jorge Camacho (Conference Coordinators)
Comparative Literature Program
1620 College St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Deadline for proposals October 31, 2005.

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