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Faculty Colloquium Series: Daniel Conway (PHIL) 10/26/2021

“First Contact: Preventing the Normalization of Genocide”

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 4-5pm

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Dr. Daniel Conway

Professor, Philosophy, 2021-22 Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow


Drawing on three decades of teaching and research at the intersections of philosophy, film theory, literature, religious studies, political theory, and genocide studies, Dr. Conway proposes to complete a book-length project in which he establishes the relevance of popular films in the genre of science fiction for teachers and scholars working in the field of genocide studies. The particular aim of Conway’s research project is to demonstrate the potentially decisive role of science fiction films in preventing the normalization of genocide. The objective of each chapter of the manuscript-in-progress is to isolate a specific susceptibility of civilized peoples and nations to the initiation of measures that are known to frame genocide as a tolerable (and perhaps unavoidable) course of action. The objective of the project as a whole is to articulate principles and strategies for exposing these measures and, ideally, for refusing their implementation.


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