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The Ethical Turn

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00 AM
RLL Commons, 4th floor MLB

When did we, as a discipline, turn toward ethics—if we can say that we did—and from what did we turn away? Professor Graff Zivin will address the question of the so-called turn to ethics in the humanities, focusing especially on its manifestation in Latin American studies.  Reading this sense of a turn as both symptom and trope, she suggests that it emanates from a profound anxiety over the relation between politics and aesthetics, especially as informed by the historical, ideological, and geopolitical shifts of the 1980s. The notion of a turn to ethics tends to presuppose a turn away from politics or a substitution of one for the other. Graff Zivin argues that a diagnosis based on substitution results in an overly narrow understanding of both ethics and politics, a false opposition that ends up limiting the possibilities of each.

Graduate Student Workshop with Professor Graff Zivin
Friday, April 17
10:00am-12:30pm
RLL Commons, 4th floor MLB
Lunch Provided

Sponsored by Romance Languages and Literatures, the Institute for the Humanities and the International Institute.

 

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