University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
April 12-13 2013
Deadline for proposals: January 6, 2013
Keynote speaker: Chandan Reddy (University of Washington), author of Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality and the U.S. State (Duke, 2011)
This conference will explore the many definitions of cruelty, both banal and extraordinary. Cruelty can be inherent in the ways that we perceive, interact with and take pleasure in one another and ourselves. At times it cannot be distinguished from violence. Cruelty is lived and experienced differently across boundaries, borders, bodies, and time periods. It continues to spread and mutate with globalization in the 21st century.