UPDATE: Resistance to Tyranny: Representing the Struggle for Human Rights (3/10/06; NYCEA, 4/28/06-4/29/06)
New due date:
In an interview with Amnesty International , Chilean writer and activist Ariel Dorfman explains
that, despite efforts to silence survivors of human rights violations, "Somehow the stories do come
out, those voices do come out. I am not their voice: I make a space for those voices, a bridge."
Dorfman's insights raise questions about the role of literature in the struggle for human rights.
How do writers represent often unspeakable crimes against humanity and create a cultural memory that
recognizes the forgotten or marginalized voices from the past? What does it mean to bear witness
How has the struggle for human rights, for various forms of freedom, found representation and support
in different ways throughout history? These questions can apply to human rights issues across
cultures and continents as well as centuries.
NYCEA invites proposals for 15-minute papers on any aspect of the theme of human rights and the
literary, theoretical, and pedagogical applications.
The following topics represent some possibilities for papers:
Representing the Perpetrators
Representing human rights struggles in pre-20 th century contexts
Justice and Reparations
Shame, rage, and denial in response
Memory and representation
Experimental narrative or performance
The reader or audience member as witness
Cultural Relativism/Cultural Imperialism
The child survivor
The 'Disappeared' and representing absence
Injustices to workers
The disenfranchised/struggle for civil rights
Basic human needs like housing and health care
Freedom of conscience
Defense of basic human rights
Please send abstracts of 450-500 words for papers and panel session to Gertrude Hamilton (Box 1401) or
Jennifer Griffiths (Box 1318), English Department, Marymount College of Fordham University, 100 Marymount
Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Email: jgriffiths_at_fordham.edu or ghamilton_at_fordham.edu . Deadline for
proposals is March 1, 2006. A cash prize will be awarded to the best graduate student essay.
Jennifer Griffiths, Ph.D.
Director of Composition
Marymount College of Fordham University
100 Marymount Avenue
Tarrytown, NY 10591-3796
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