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Full Title: RevilATIONS: Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Spectrum of Malevolence

Short Title: YRC @ YYC
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Start Date: 30-Oct-2014 - 01-Nov-2014
Contact: Organizing Committee
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Meeting Description: This Young Researchers Conference will be held next fall at the University of Calgary.

Evil seems to be everywhere we look. The arts and other forms of human creation have explored the many faces of evil and human malevolence. Throughout History, philosophers, artists, writers, filmmakers, religious men have questioned evil, its possible origin but also its purpose in society. The topic of evil has motivated scholars and artists to represent it, embody it and, ultimately, come to understand it. From the folk tale of Faustus, to Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, to A Clockwork Orange, malevolence continually garners curiosity from people of all disciplines. The subject of malevolence epitomizes an artistic spectrum with depths that remain unexplored.

Finally, violence, wars, injustice, and all sorts of prejudice also find their roots in evil and malevolence. Therefore, is it realistic to believe in the eradication of evil? Is malevolence not part of human nature? If so, what good are ethics and ideas of justice? Is political malevolence different from individual malevolence? Do malevolent actions keep a society balanced? And, finally, as questioned by John Stuart Mills, could the “ideal perfection of utilitarian morality” exist?

Keynote Speakers:

We are pleased to announce the participation of three guest speakers:

- David Bershad (University of Calgary) TBC
- Dominique Perron (University of Calgary)
- Ronald Shusterman (Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Etienne)
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Philosophy of Language
LL Issue: 25.2370

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