We are delighted that Professor Elizabeth Swanson (Goldberg) will be opening the conference with a keynote presentation (title tbc).

Elizabeth Swanson (Goldberg) is Professor of English at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is a pioneering scholar at the intersection of cultural studies and human rights research. Professor Swanson has played a key role in opening up this interdisciplinary field through edited volumes such as Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature (2012) and Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies (2015). She specifically addresses sexual violence in conflict in her monograph Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (2007), which demonstrates how struggles for social justice and peace are waged in the realm of representation. As part of this work, Professor Swanson serves on the Global Advisory Board for Made By Survivors, an international non-governmental organization empowering survivors of slavery by providing shelter, education, and empowerment.