Rights and the Humanities Lecture with Dr. Joseph Slaughter, “Naming the Crisis: The Language of Human Rights and the Neoliberal Turn”

February 5, 2020 – Achievements

Joseph Slaughter will be delivering the 2020 Franklin Humanities Institute-Duke Human Rights Center lecture at Duke University on February 20. His talk, “Naming the Crisis: The Language of Human Rights and the Neoliberal Turn,” considers the complicity of the Humanities in neoliberalizing human rights discourse.

Joseph R. Slaughter an ICLS affiliated faculty member teaches postcolonial literature and theory, human rights, and narrative approaches to international law in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His book Human Rights, Inc: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law, won the René Wellek Prize for Comparative Literature and Cultural Theory. He has co-edited a volume of essays on Latin American, Caribbean, and African literatures and culture entitled The Global South Atlantic (2017), and is currently finishing two books: New Word Orders, on intellectual property and world literature, and Pathetic Fallacies, a collection of essays on human rights and the humanities. He was a founding co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Humanity, and he recently completed his term as President of the American Comparative Literature Association.



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