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From: Justin Neuman <jneuman_at_virginia.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 12:56:01 -0500 (EST)

American Comparative Literature Association conference 2008

This seminar seeks to explore the ways in which Holocaust discourse 
has traveled and continues to evolve in global discourse and 
"narrative" in a broad understanding of the term. In the sixty years 
since the Nazi attempt to eradicate European Jews, the Holocaust has 
become the litmus test for and lingua franca of discussions of 
genocide, trauma, human rights, the limits of ethics, memorial 
culture, and the notion of radical evil. While scholars have become 
increasingly interested in the effect the centrality of the Holocaust 
has in authorizing or marginalizing experiences of suffering
around the globe, little attention has been paid to the role of the 
Holocaust in globalization and the commensurate effects generated by 
the truly global diffusion of Holocaust memorials, literature, and 
inquiry. This seminar is particularly interested in the possibilities 
that emerge for Holocaust studies when focusing on the way the 
Holocaust is narrated outside Euro-American contexts and beyond 
survivor testimonies, but proposals on all aspects of 
Holocaust/Genocide studies are encouraged.

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