Title

Savages and Pig-men: the Role of Dehumanization in Torture

Presenter Information

Evan Menkes

Department

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Major

Geological Engineering and Mining Engineering

Research Advisor

Johnson, Lindgren H.

Advisor's Department

English and Technical Communication

Abstract

At the dawn of humanity, there was torture. While public opinion of torture has changed quite drastically since humanities humble beginnings, it still is a common practice. The fact that this abhorrent action continues to flourish in modern society, hints at some underlying connection between the idea of humanity, and the practice of torture. This paper examines that connection and how it has changed as humanity has evolved, and along the way explores the effects of torture on the victim, torturer, and society at large.

Biography

Evan is a sophomore in Geological Engineering and Mining Engineering. When he is not working in the lab our out in the field he enjoys spelunking, mountain biking, running, pruning shrubberies, interpretive dance, and hiking.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, Second place

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Savages and Pig-men: the Role of Dehumanization in Torture

Turner Room

At the dawn of humanity, there was torture. While public opinion of torture has changed quite drastically since humanities humble beginnings, it still is a common practice. The fact that this abhorrent action continues to flourish in modern society, hints at some underlying connection between the idea of humanity, and the practice of torture. This paper examines that connection and how it has changed as humanity has evolved, and along the way explores the effects of torture on the victim, torturer, and society at large.