Through the Research Center for Culture and Arts and Humanities, the University of Santo Tomas will hold International Conference on Ethical Literary Criticism: Celebrating Literature as a Distinctive Ethical Expression on April 26-28, 2019, at 4/F Dr. George S.K. Ty Function Halls of the Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P., Building.

The conference aims to foreground perspectives and discourses on the relationships between literature and society, the relations between writers and their works, and the relations between readers and works from an ethical vantage point.

The speakers include Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of World Literatures founding director Nie Zhenzhao, PhD, from Zhejiang University in China; Critical Performance Studies Professor Victor Merriman, PhD, from Edge Hill University in England; Media Communication Department chair Joel David, PhD. from Inha University in the Republic of Korea; and Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities director Prof. Joyce L. Arriola, PhD.

Topics to be covered are Ethical Literary Criticism: Concept Analysis and Theory Mapping; Ethical Literary Criticism and Interdisciplinary Studies; and Ethical Literary Criticism and the Re-reading of World Literary Canons, among others.