1st Global Conference on Genocide. The Future of Prevention

1st Global Conference on Genocide. The Future of Prevention

The Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence at the University of Sheffield/UK in cooperation with the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS)
United Kingdom
From - Until
09.01.2009 - 12.01.2009
Juergen Zimmerer, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg

The Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence at The University of Sheffield and the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) cordially invite you to their 1st Global Conference on Genocide.

Please contact Tricia Ellis-Evans (tricia@paceprojects.co.uk) for more details about registration or check (http//fp.paceprojects.f9.co.uk/genocide_info.htm)

Please note that places are limited.

Best wishes,

Juergen Zimmerer


The conference is sponsored by The University of Sheffield, the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at The University of Sheffield, the Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence, Sheffield, and the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS)


Genocide: The Future of Prevention
1st Global Conference on Genocide
by the International Network of Genocide Scholars
at the Centre for the Study of Genocide
and Mass Violence/The University of Sheffield/UK
9 – 12 January 2009

Draft Programme
(Please check http://fp.paceprojects.f9.co.uk/genocide_info.htm for updates)

Friday, 13.00-15.00


Friday, 15.00-16.00

Opening Session

Professor Keith Burnett,
Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield
Welcome to University

Professor Phil Powrie,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Welcome to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Jürgen Zimmerer, Convenor, Director, Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence, and President of INoGS
Introductory remarks

Friday, 16.00-17.00

Keynote Lecture

Professor Zygmunt Bauman, Leeds

'Done to humans, done by humans'

Friday, 17.00-18.30

Wine Reception

Saturday, 9:00-10:45

Panel: Theories of Genocide

Chair: Manus I. Midlarsky, Rutgers University, USA

1. Martin Shaw, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Beyond comparative genocide studies: the necessity and character of an international, historical-theoretical understanding of genocide

2. Andreas Exenberger, Innsbruck University, Innsbruck, Austria

The political economy of genocide

3. Yehonatan Alsheh, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Indonesia's genocidal occupation of East Timor and the merits and weaknesses of Christian Gerlach's concept of "extremely violent societies

Panel: Gender and Genocide I


1. Eric Brinkert, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

Rape as genocide

2. Go Funai, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

Sexual violence in genocide since World War II

3. Caroline Fournet, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

The verticality of genocide: genocide as a crime against the family

Panel: Genocide in Art


1. Yvonne Kyriakides, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Ethics, the artist and the representation of genocide

2. Jane Gangi, Manhattanville College, New York, USA

Genocide in literature and art

3. Ferzina Banaji, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Gujarat, genocide and the politics of cinema

Panel : The politics of defining “genocide”: A case study of the Ukraine Famine debate in the US Congress


1. William Fenn, Columbia University, New York, USA

2. Nicolas Beauchet, Columbia University, USA

3. Catherine White, Columbia University, USA

Saturday, 11:15-13:00

Panel: Indigenous Genocides


1. Mohamed Adhikari, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Genocide in slow motion? The extermination of the Cape San peoples

2. Damien Short, Roehampton University, London, UK

Australia: a continuing genocide?

3. Laura Taylor, University of San Diego, San Diego, USA

Genocide of indigenous people in Guatemala: examining social energies of reconciliation

Panel: Gender and Genocide II


1. Daniela De Vito, Roehampton Uniersity, London, UK

Rape as genocide: the individual/group schism

2. Barbra Lukunka, American University College of Arts and Science, Washington DC, USA

Variances of systematic rape: symbolism of mass rape in the Rwandan and Sierra Leonean conflicts

3. Kas Wachala, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK

The silence continues. Prevention is better than cure: genocide, rape and women in Darfur

Panel: Genocide and International Law I


1. Chijioke J. Nwalozie, University of Manchester, UK

Determining the crime of genocide under international law – the problem of definition

2. Kjell Anderson, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Deviant states: a criminological conception of state responsibility for


3. Mark Swatek-Evenstein, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Genocide is uncivilized - therefore incompatible with the Law of Civilized Nations

Panel : Genocide and the International Community


1. Adrian Gallagher, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Genocide and its threat to international stability

2. David Patrick, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Signs of the Time: Western media coverage of Rwanda

Saturday, 14:00-15:45

Panel: Holocaust I


1. Wichert ten Have, Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bystanders of different kinds: Dutch bureaucracy and the persecution of the Jews during the German occupation

2. Henning Pieper, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

SS Sergeant Walter Kehrer and the 'Caucasian Company': a special unit and its role in World War II, 1942-1944

3. Marc Buggeln, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Death, race and work in the satellite camp system of the concentration camp Neuengamme

Panel: The Great Lake Region


1. Nigel Eltringham, University of Sussex, Sussex, UK

Fact, expert or hybrid witness? Knowledge wars at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

2. Joseph Chilengi, Africa IDP Voice, Lusaka, Zambia

Challenges and opportunities for understanding and implementing the Great Lakes Region Protocol on the Prevention of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

3. Shona Patience, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

The Definition and Prevention of Evil: the exclusion of political groups within the 1948 Genocide Convention and United Nations enforceability: case study Kenya

Panel: Ottoman Genocides I


1. İnanç Atılgan, Turkish Historical Society, Ankara, Turkey

Austrian dilemma 1915. Turks or Armenians?

2. Matthias Bjørnlund, Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark, the 'Armenian Question', and violent Turkification in the late Ottoman Empire

3. Barry Dackombe, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

"One of the greatest crimes in history": The British Armenia committee and British response to the Armenian Genocide

Panel: Education and Prevention


1. Ted Orlin, Utica College, Utica, USA
Human Rights Education's Focus on Genocide

2. Helen Bond, Howard University, Washington DC, USA

A Curriculum for Genocide: What We Can Learn about Preventing Genocide from a Third Grade Classroom in Iowa

3. George Weiss & Anneke van Hoek, Radio La Benevolencija HTF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Great Lakes Reconciliation Radio Project, Rwanda. DRC, Burundi,
Genocide prevention in practice: a presentation on the methodology, role and achievements of The Great Lakes Reconciliation Radio Project in Rwanda, DRC and Burundi

Saturday, 16:15-18:00

Panel: Representations of the Rwandan Genocide a

Chair: Dominik J. Schaller, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

1. Karen Knipp-Rentrop, Museum for Peace, Rwanda

Education for prevention: power to the people (Reflections on the Rwandan Example)

2. Stephanie McKinney, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, USA

Managing the dead: the use of human remains in Rwandan Genocide memorials

3. Hilarie Mukamazimpaka, Kigali, Rwanda

Genocide and its Representation in Rwanda

Panel: Genocide and International Law II

Chair: Mark Swatek-Evenstein, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

1. Maria Varaki, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland

Responsibility to protect and ICC - 'From intervention to prevention and vice versa'. Between state responsibility and individual accountability, critical thoughts on legal challenges and political dilemmas

2. Christophe Germann, University of Paris, Paris, France

Legal action against asserted cultural genocide and piracy in China: The strength of the WTO and the weakness of the UNESCO

3. Sébastien Jodoin, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, Montréal, Canada

The other in international criminal law: the status of victims of genocide and crimes against humanity

Panel: Ottoman Genocides II


1. Alexandros Kastrinakis, University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece

From a constant growth to the denial of citizenship and to sudden extinction. The case of Marsovan's Armenians and pontian Greek in 1915 and 1921

2. Euripides Georganopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

The genocide of Greeks in Pontus (1914-1923): evidence from American sources

3. Ginevra Roli, (Theofanis Malkidis, Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece)

The genocide against the Greek of Pontos (Black Sea)

Saturday, 18:15-19:30

Plenary Roundtable Discussion

Genocide: Recent Developments Particpants: tba

Sunday, 9:00-10:45

Panel: Reconciliation

Chair: Henning Melber, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala, Sweden

1. Reinhart Kössler, University of Münster, Münster, Germany

Reconciliation after genocide: postcolonial and transnational dimensions

2. Shivon Byamukama, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

The reconciliation process in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide

3. Jennifer Paymeyer, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

"Shared Colonial History, Shared Memory? Namibia and Germany Compared"

Panel: Holocaust II


1. Gregory Kent, University of Roehampton, London, UK

Resistance during the Holocaust: why Jews chose to rise up in the face of slaughter

2. Vinícius Liebel, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The Construction of the Untermenschen: the Jews' image in cartoons of the Nazi newspaper 'Der Stürmer'

Panel: Perpetrators


1. Elisabeth Hope Murray, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

The (Un)necessary Dictator: The role of the leader in genocidal nationalism

2. James E. Waller, Whitworth University, Spokane, USA

Genocide Prevention: The making and unmaking of perpetrators

3. Bhumitra Chakma, University of Hull, Hull, UK

Ethnocide as genocide: perspectives from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

Sunday, 11:15-13:00

Panel: Soviet Mass Violence I

Chair: Dominik J. Schaller, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

1. Manus I. Midlarsky, Rutgers University
Stalin and Territoriality: Understanding his Resort to Mass Violence

2. Ivan Peshkov, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań:
The Genocide of the Invisible People. Soviet Mass Violence against Transbaikalian Gurans in Siberia.

3. Natalya Lazar, Chernivtsi National University, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Russian and Soviet Concentration Camps until 1941: Continuity and Change

4. Irma Kreiten, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Relocation or genocide? The Russian “final subjugation” of Western Caucasus, 1856-1865

Panel: Bosnia/Kosovo

Chair: Gregory Kent, University of Roehampton, London, UK

1. Louise Lambrichs, France

Understanding the genocide in Bosnia as a displaced repetition of WWII

2. Peter Russell, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

A missed opportunity: the exclusion of Kosovo from the Dayton negotiations

3. Smail Čekić, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Genocidal intention

Panel: 'Immunizing the civil population'


1. Miriam Köppel, Forum Civil Peace Service, Bonn, Germany

Transitional justice in the DR Congo and its social effects

2. Henrik Schrober, International University in Germany, Bruchsal, Germany

Immunization through education in Rwanda

Sunday, 14:00-15:45

Panel: Cultural genocide

Chair: U U Ugor, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

1. Ugur Umit Ungor, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
"Cultural genocide? On the (im)possibilities of a concept"

2. Ara Sarafian, Gomidas Institute, London, UK.
"Denial and Tokenism: the Destruction of Armenian Material Culture in Turkey"

3. Marko Attila Hoare, Kingston University, London, UK.
"Cultural destruction and the Bosnian Genocide"

Panel: Transforming Truths: Literature, Film, Memorials and Genocide

Chair: Donna-Lee Frieze, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

1. Donna-Lee Frieze, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

"It all took place in 1915": temporality and the Armenian Genocide in 'I Hate Dogs!'

2. Peter Balakian, Colgate University, New York, USA

Writing witness in Grigoris Balakian's 'Armenian Golgotha': a memoir of the Armenian Genocide

3. Armen Marsoobian, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, USA

Memorials, modernity and cultural identity: how do we memorialize genocide?

Panel: Genocide and Film: Agitation, Analysis and Reception'

Chair: Bill Niven, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

1. NN: Agitation: tba

2. Elissa Mailänder Koslov. KWI Essen, Germany:

Analysis: “S 21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine” A broken dialogue between survivors and perpetrators

3. Christian Gudehus: KWI Essen, Germany
Reception: Understanding "Hotel Rwanda"

Sunday, 16:15-18:00

Panel: Prevention


1. Theresa Reinold, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The 'law' of genocide prevention

2. Sarah Cover, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Genocide and total war: reconsidering prevention in the twenty-first century

3. Dustin Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Never again…and this time we mean it: a theory on genocide prevention

Panel: Trauma


1. Linda Asquith, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

The surviving remnant: life after genocide

2. Nicole Fox, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Post-genocide identity politics: the intergenerational transmission of trauma to third generation jewish american holocaust survivors

Panel: In consideration of Mass Violence: the Online Encyclopaedia global enterprise

Presented by:

Jacques Semelin, Centre for International Research and Studies, Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Nathalie Tenenbaum, Centre for International Research and Studies, Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Monday, 9:00-10:45

Panel : Memory


1. Christina Kleiser, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Is "shared memory" a good idea? Or how to deal with a conflictive past in the European context

2. Pam MacLean, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Vergangenheitsbewältigung versus perpetual remembrance: national representations of the Holocaust in the Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM) and the New History Museum (NHM) at Yad Vashem

3. Monika Kovács, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Collective memory and the holcaust in Hungary

Panel: The Era of World War II


1. Djordje Stefanovic, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

From genocide to brotherhood and unity: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1941-1943

2. Lorenzo Santoro, Warwick University, Warwick, UK

Violence and fascism: a mass experience amongst symbolism, anomy and request of order

3. Edward Kissi, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

Africans and the Holocaust: How Colonial Subjects Viewed the Nazi Persecution of European Jews.

Monday, 11:15-13:00



1. Antero Homilia, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

"It will remain to be seen if…": the press and the conceptualisation of genocide in the aftermath of the Holocaust, 1945-1948

2. Megan Schmidt, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, UK

Western Manipulation, Power, and Genocide: An Examination of Rwanda and the Future of International Genocide Prevention

Panel : Armenian Genocide and Denial


1. Raffi Sarkissian, Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Esher, Surrey, UK

The Armenian Genocide: recognition and the politics of denial

2. Ara Iskanderian, SOAS, London, UK

Armenian Genocide: Armenians' efforts at remembrance and Turkish efforts at denial

3. Clotilde Pegorier, Univeristy of Exeter, Exeter, UK

The French position on the denial of the Armenian Genocide: a question of legal and moral legitimacy?


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Tricia Ellis-Evans [tricia@paceprojects.co.uk]

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