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Elisabeth Weber

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Elisabeth Weber is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of a monograph on the concepts of trauma and persecution in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (Verfolgung und Trauma, Vienna, 1990), the editor of two volumes on collective trauma and memory (among them Questioning Judaism (2004), and, together with Julie Carlson, the editor of Speaking about Torture (New York: Fordham University Press, Fall 2012).  She has edited several works by Jacques Derrida in French and English. Her edited collection Living Together. Jacques Derrida’s Communities of Peace and Violence was published by Fordham University Press in early 2013. Her current research and teaching focus on the abilities of literature and critical theory to explore trauma, human rights and their violations, and to question concepts whose definitions have become uncertain, including the concepts of “the human,” “democracy,” “justice,” “rights.”

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