Dr. Daniel Conway | Professor, Department of Philosophy
“Visualizing the Alien Other: Science Fiction and Genocide Studies”
The important task of preventing the rise and spread of genocide presupposes an understanding of how the unthinkable eventually becomes tolerable. To address this challenge, Dr. Conway has focused his research on the normalization of genocide, by which he means the complex of social, political, and legal processes through which a populace or citizenry is groomed to accept incremental measures (e.g., restrictions, laws, quotas, bans, internments, etc.) that pave the way to genocide. In his efforts to account for the normalization of genocide, Conway is particularly concerned to explain how a populace or citizenry that abhors genocide may be nudged toward an understanding of genocide either as a fait accompli (e.g., as an inevitable consequence of escalating political tensions) or as an acceptable course of action.
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