Joseph Slaughter, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will deliver the 2012-13 Annual Joseph M. Duffy Lecture on the topic "The Will to Narrative: Untelling Stories and the Literatures of Counterinsurgency."
Joseph Slaughter teaches and publishes in the fields of postcolonial literature and theory, African, Caribbean, and Latin American literatures, postcolonialism, narrative theory, human rights, and 20th-century ethnic and third world literatures. His many publications include articles in Human Rights Quarterly, Research in African Literatures, The Journal of Human Rights, Politics and Culture, Comparative Literature Studies, and PMLA. He is a founding coeditor of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. His first book, Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law (Fordham, 2007) was awarded the 2008 René Wellek prize for comparative literature and cultural theory from the American Comparative Literature Association.