Keynote Speakers

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Karmen MacKendrick

Professor Karmen MacKendrick teaches philosophy and interdisciplinary courses for programs in Honors and in Gender and Women’s Studies in Le Moyne College, admired by her students for her intellectual brilliance and personal charisma. Her multidisciplinary research interests center on questions of language, corporeality, and temporality, primarily in relation to theology and religious studies. They also touch upon the arts (particularly dance), cultural studies (particularly the arts of the body), and literature.

Her publications include ConterpleasuresImmemorial SilenceWord Made Skin: Figuring Language at the Surface of FleshFragmentation and Memory: Meditations on Christian Doctrine, and A Passion for Wisdom: Readings in Western Philosophy on Love and Desire. Her most recent book, Divine Enticement: Theological Seductions, came out with Fordham in 2012. With Virginia Burrus and Mark Jordan, she is a co-authors Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions. Her current project considers humility, obedience and paradoxes of the will, and hopes to follow this with a book on exile and abandonment.

(Information from Le Moyne College)

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David Damrosch

David Damrosch is the department chair of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He now directs the Institute for World Literature at Harvard, of which he is one of the key founders. Drawn to world literature at an early age and dedicated to the study of world languages, literatures and cultures from antiquity to the present, Professor Damrosch contributes to his field major works on researching as well as teaching: The Narrative Covenant: Transformations of Genre in the Growth of Biblical Literature (1987), We Scholars: Changing the Culture of the University (1995), What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2008). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009). Presently, he is completing a book entitled Comparing the Literatures: What Every Comparatist Needs to Know, and starting a book on the role of global scripts in the formation of national literatures.

(Information from Harvard University)

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