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Joseph Slaughter. Symposium at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.
Joseph Slaughter. Symposium at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.

Joseph Slaughter teaches and publishes in the fields of postcolonial literature and theory, African, Caribbean, and Latin American literatures, post colonialism, narrative theory, human rights, and 20th-century ethnic and third world literatures. Slaughter is a founding co-editor of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development; he has co-edited a special issue on Human Rights and Literary Form of Comparative Literature Studies. His book, Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law, which explores the cooperative narrative logics of international human rights law and the Bildungsroman, was awarded the 2008 René Wellek prize for comparative literature and cultural theory.

In October 2011 he participated in a Symposium at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.