Other Conferences and CfP

The biannual IAGS conference will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in July of 2019. Information regarding this conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. 

Please note the following conferences are not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with IAGS in any way. To request a conference or call for papers be added to this page, please e-mail stephanie.wolfe@genocidescholars.org. Questions regarding the various conferences below cannot be answered by IAGS.

  1. Lessons and Legacies 2018 - Call for applications: deadline March 1, 2018. Conference Nov. 1-4, 2018. (Missouri, USA)
  2. 4th Master Seminar on Post-Genocide - Call for applications: deadline March 1, 2018. Conference April 19-20, 2018. (New Jersey, USA)
  3. The Holocaust and Motherhood -- Registration deadline: March 9, 2018. Conference March 22-23, 2018. (England)
  4. INoGS 6th Global Conference on Genocide - Call for submissions: deadline March 15, 2018. Conference July 4-7, 2018. (France)
  5. 6th Genocide Awareness Week - Lecture Series April 9-14. (Arizona, USA)
  6. Millersville University - 35th Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide - Conference April 11-13, 2018. (Pennsylvania, USA)
  7. Fourth International Graduate Students' Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies - Conference April 12-15, 2018. (Massachusetts, USA)
  8. The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention - Conference April 13-15, 2018. (New York, USA)
  9. Sacramento State's 5th International Conference on Genocide: Forms of Genocide Across the Globe: Challenges, Responses and Accountability - Call for abstracts: deadline April 27, 2018.  Conference Nov. 1-3, 2018. (California, USA)
  10. Genocide after 1948: 70 Years of Genocide Convention - Call for papers: deadline May 1, 2018. Conference Dec. 7-8, 2018. (Netherlands)
  11. Words that Kill - Conference May 28-30, 2018. (France)
  12. Rwanda After 1994: Stories of Change - Conference July 6, 2018, (Scotland).
  13. Buried Words: A Workshop on Sexuality, Violence and Holocaust Testimonies - Conference October 11, 2018. (Ontario, Canada)
  14. New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison - Conference Nov. 4-6, 2018. (California, USA)




Lessons and Legacies 2018 - Call for Seminar Applications


Call for Proposals for Participation in Seminars
Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust XV
The Holocaust: Global Perspectives and National Narratives
Seminar applications are due March 1, 2018.
1-4 November 2018
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

The Fifteenth Biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference, sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and Washington University in St. Louis, invites scholars to submit proposals for participation in one of the six seminars.

Seminars (new to L&L 2018) bring together a diverse group of scholars at various career levels for three meetings over the course of the conference for sustained discussion of a question or problem. Each seminar will choose 9-12 participants from among the submitted applications.  Participants in each seminar will access a common syllabus of readings developed by the seminar convener(s) and submit position papers BEFORE the conference. Only those registered for the seminar will have access to the papers. Online access will be removed immediately after the conference

The full CfP and descriptions of the seminars can be found here. To apply for one of the six seminars, please go to the online form and submit a paper proposal of no more than 300 words along with a paper title and a 1-2 page CV. Seminar applications are due March 1, 2018.

Participants will be determined by the respective seminar convener(s) in consultation with the conference co-chairs. All applicants will be informed in March 2018 regarding inclusion in the seminar. Seminar papers must be available to post by September 1, 2018.

Questions should be directed to hef@northwestern.edu.




4th Master Seminar on Post-Genocide
Call for Papers: March 1, 2019
Conference Date: April 19 & 20, 2018
Location: Human Rights Institute at Kean University, Union Campus


“Justice After Atrocity?,” April 19 & 20, 2018 — the 4th Master Seminar on Post-Genocide sponsored by Kean University’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, for college seniors, graduate students, faculty and other scholars, and practitioners whose current or recent research projects address the feasibility of criminal justice and its significant alternatives in dealing with the commission of large-scale violence. While all proposed topics related to genocide studies are welcome, topics addressing the seminar theme will receive special consideration. The seminar will permit participants to present their research and receive criticism and ideas for constructive, new lines of investigation. Delivered papers are slated for publication in the Kean University seminar eBook series and, possibly, a book.
The seminar will be facilitated by Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, Amherst College, whose own research examines the remarkable, rapid and yet radically incomplete development of international criminal law in bringing perpetrators of atrocity to justice.

Interested participants are invited to submit a 250-word abstract of a paper in progress or recently completed dealing with the seminar theme, or other theme, by March 1 to Dr. Klein, dklein@kean.edu. Please include your affiliation and cell number. The seminar will take place at Kean University’s Human Rights Institute on Thursday, April 19, from 1 to 5pm (to be followed by Douglas’s public lecture) and will resume on Friday, April 20 from 9am to 6pm. Kean is a public New Jersey university close to Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Train Station, and New York City. No registration fee; lunch provided.





The Holocaust and MotherhoodRegistration for the Holocaust Research Institute's upcoming conference has been extended until Friday 9 March 2018.

The conference consists of two separate events. On the evening of Thursday 22 March 2018, Dr Zoë Waxman (University of Oxford) will deliver a keynote lecture on 'Mothers, Sisters, Resisters? Motherhood and the Holocaust Twenty Years On' at The Wiener Library, central London, UK. This event is free; please click here to register.

This will be followed by a day of panel presentations, also at The Wiener Library, on Friday 23 March. The day will begin at 10:00 and finish at 17:00. There is a conference fee of £15.00 to cover catering and stationery. Please note that catering at the conference will be vegetarian with a vegan option. Those who require vegan food, as well as any other dietary requirements, should indicate this on the conference registration page, which can be found here.

A conference programme is available via this link.

About the conference

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore questions related to Jewish motherhood during and after the Holocaust from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The individual sessions will address the predicament of Jewish mothers living in ghettos, the ways in which women coped with the loss of their (grand)children after the war, and recent challenges to the stereotypical image of a heroic mother. The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss literary and cinematic portrayals of women’s ‘choiceless choices’ regarding their own and their offspring’s life during the war and in its aftermath.




International Network of Genocide Scholars 2018 - Call for Papers, Panels, and Roundtable Discussions


6th Global Conference on Genocide
Medical Faculty of Aix-Marseille University (France), 4-7 July 2018

Genocide and Mass Violence : diagnosis, treatment, and recovery ? Humanities, social and medical sciences facing extreme violence

The closing date for paper, panel and roundtable submissions is 15th March 2018.

Conference Steering Committee
Dr. Elisabeth Anstett, CNRS, Chair of the Committee
Mme Laetitia Delouis, CNRS-AMU, Coordinator of the Committee
Mr Valery Ravix, AMU, IT manager

Conference Scientific Committee
Prof. Pascal Adalian, forensic anthropologist, AMU (France)
Dr. Pamela Colombo, sociologist, EHESS (France)
Prof. Jean-Marc Dreyfus, historian, the University of Manchester (UK)
Dr. Francisco Ferrandiz, social anthropologist, CSIC (Spain)
Prof. Caroline Fournet, legal scholar, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
Prof. Sévane Garibian, legal scholar, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Dr. Gabriel Gatti, sociologist, University of Basque Country (Spain)
Dr. Anne Guillou, social anthropologist, CNRS (France)
Prof. Mario Ranaletti, historian, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (Argentina)
Nicky Rousseau, historian, University of Western Cape (RSA)
Dr. Michel Signoli, archaeologist, CNRS (France)

The International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) was founded in January 2005 in Berlin to provide genocide studies with a non-partisan forum through which to present research and analysis on any aspect of genocide as well as other forms of collective violence. Because genocide is a highly contested legal, historical, sociological and political concept, INoGS has, since its founding, maintained support of research-led analysis rather than politically-defined agendas.
The series of Global Conferences organized by INoGS since 2009 in Sheffield, Brighton, San Francisco, Cape Town and Jerusalem, have witnessed intensified scholarly engagement with a range of issues of fundamental importance to the field of genocide studies, including theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject, the legal and ethical bases upon which to approach episodes of extreme violence, as well as the need to develop more effective means of stopping and preventing mass violence globally.

Conference aims
For more than 70 years, following the seminal analysis developed by legal scholar Raphael Lemkin, academics, practitioners, and researchers from a variety of disciplines have addressed the issue of genocide and mass violence using a wide range of empirical and theoretical approaches to explore case studies throughout history. Interdisciplinary research across the humanities, legal and social sciences, as well as comparative approaches, have thus characterized genocide studies.
However, even if extreme violence is relevant to various medical fields such as psychology, psychiatry and forensic anthropology, dialogue with the humanities and social sciences has been slow to develop. The 6th Global Conference of INoGS, to be held at the Medical Faculty of Aix-Marseille University (France) on 4-7 July 2018, therefore seeks to open new avenues for research on extreme violence while stimulating interdisciplinary exchanges between the humanities, social and medical sciences. The early detection and prevention of mass violence represents a global challenge for each and every one of these fields of knowledge.
This conference will thus seek to discuss various examples of past and contemporary mass crimes, delve into the causes as well as the short and long-term effects of genocidal processes, and foster dialogue between stakeholders who rarely exchange views.

Conference topics
The organizers invite proposals for papers, panels and roundtables on any aspect of genocide and mass crime. We are especially keen to receive proposals from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Scholars working on topics such as sexual violence, forced disappearances, torture, mass trauma, forced separation of children from their families, conflict resolution, and mediation initiatives are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. Presentations on recent experiences of mass violence, such as those in Syria, Darfur, Iraq, Mexico, Colombia, and Myanmar are expressly welcome. We encourage the submission of papers and panels on issues regarding violence contamination and containment processes. Another theme of particular interest is that of humanitarian intervention and the ethical challenges it poses.

Other topics of interest include but are not restricted to :

Symptoms and diagnoseis
Individual cases or comparative analyses of genocide and mass violence
Colonialism and mass crime
Prevention of collective violence
Gendered violence, abduction and forced transfer of children from their families Mass trauma : voices of victims
Roles of perpetrators, bystanders and victims
Forensic architecture, satellite imagery and tools for detecting mass murder
Mass death and migration
Refugee camps

International law, criminal tribunals, and the International Criminal Court
Humanitarian and military interventions
Transitional justice
Mass exhumations and identification of victims
DNA banks


The repercussions of mass violence in both the short and long term
The politics of apology, reconciliation and restitution
Genocide denial, justifications and silences
Memorialization and commemoration of atrocities
Genocide, mass violence and the internet
Representations of genocide in literature, film, art, music and other media
Academic and educational practice within the field of genocide studies

Submission procedure

Participation is not restricted to INoGS members. We welcome interdisciplinary and theoretically-informed approaches as well as trans-disciplinary dialogue. Submissions from scholars, postgraduate students, as well as practitioners and researchers working in government, the NGO sector and other institutions are invited.
From mid October 2017, prospective participants will be able to upload proposals in the form of abstracts of no more than 250 words via the conference website at http://inogsconference2018.com . A biographical sketch of no more than 100 words will also be required. Panel and roundtable submissions need, in addition, to explain the rationale behind the suggestion. Queries relating to this process can be sent to admin@inogsconference2018.com . Applicants can expect to learn the outcome of their proposals within four weeks of submission. After their proposals have been accepted participants will need to register online at http://inogsconference2018.com/ which contains further information about the conference, fees, accommodation options, travel advice, and other relevant matters. Participants registering before 15th February will receive a 10% discount for early registration.

The closing date for paper, panel and roundtable submissions is 15th March 2018.

Funding Opportunities
INoGS is pleased to announce that funding is available to subsidize the attendance of scholars and PhD students from the Global South and from countries experiencing major financial difficulties. The number of grants available is limited.
Prospective presenters from the Global South and from countries experiencing major financial difficulties are thus invited to apply for support to attend the conference under the conference website’s “SCHOLARSHIPS” tab, after their paper or panel proposal has been accepted. The closing date for applications is 28th February 2018 and awards will be announced before the end of March 2018. Please refer to the conference website for details.
Queries relating to the conference may be sent either to Elisabeth Anstett at e.anstett@corpsesofmassviolence.eu or to info@inogsconference2018.com





Genocide Awareness Week is a series of lectures, exhibits and storytelling by distinguished survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement. This week-long event seeks to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world, while also looking to the past for guidance and to honor those affected by genocide.

Genocide Awareness Week is hosted by Scottsdale Community College and sponsored in part by local and national organizations, this event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For information, contact John Liffiton at: (480) 423-6447 or john.liffiton@scottsdalecc.edu

URL: https://www.scottsdalecc.edu/genocide



Millersville University - 35th Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide


Conference Theme:
The Holocaust and Genocide Trials

April 11-13, 2018

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 35th Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide on April 11-13, 2018. The Conference will discuss international and national Holocaust and Genocide trials. The conference will explore the role of trials in exposing and punishing the crimes of Holocaust and genocide perpetrators and their collaborators, and the influence of trials on the formation of Holocaust and genocide history and memory. The Conference will commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. The keynote speaker for the conference is Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College.

The organizers of the Conference invite proposals for individual papers and panels focusing on:

  • international and national Holocaust and Genocide trials;
  • punishment of Holocaust and genocide perpetrators and their collaborators;
  • the influence of trials on the formation of Holocaust and genocide history and memory;
  • the Holodomor in Ukraine;
  • Kristallnacht;
  • the Warsaw ghetto uprising;
  • teaching methods of the Holocaust and genocide.

A one-page paper proposal (double-spaced) should be submitted with a one-page curriculum vitae and contact information (email, mailing address, and phone number).

Panel organizers should submit a cover sheet stating the panel title, all individual paper titles, and contact information for each presenter. Panel proposals should also include individual paper proposals and a one-page CV for each participant. Please send your materials as one document in an email attachment in .doc or .docx format with your first and last name in the title of your file. Foreign scholars should inform us if they need support letters for a U.S. visa for conference attendance.
Please email your proposal to Dr. Victoria Khiterer: victoria.khiterer@millersville.edu. The deadline for all proposals is January 15, 2018. Decisions regarding the acceptance of papers and panels will be made by February 1, 2018.

The conference is free and open to the public.



Fourth International Graduate Students' Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

April 12-15, 2018

Keynote address: Anthropological Methods for Documenting Human Rights Violations and Genocide
Speaker: Victoria Sanford (Anthropology Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Lehman College)

Drawing on 25 years of experience investigating human rights violation and genocide in Guatemala, Sanford will discuss the theory and practice of forensic exhumations, victim identification, archival and testimonial research and their interplay in legal processes and community desires for justice. She will explore the ways in which science and law and justice complement and collide with one another as investigations move forward from the field to legal courts and the court of public opinion.  She will also consider the role of the researcher as both documentarian and participant in the production of history as well as legal precedence. 

Sanford's keynote address is the opening event of a three-day interdisciplinary conference that will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Holocaust and Genocide Studies scholarship. Doctoral students will present their work on genocides and other forms of mass violence in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides. 

Open to the public by reservation.  Please contact Robyn Conroy at rconroy@clarku.edu

Sponsored by the Louis and Ann Kulin Endowed Fund, the Asher Family Fund, the Israel Academic Exchange, and the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich




The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention (April 13-15, 2018, Binghamton, NY)

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention
April 13-15, 2018
Binghamton, NY USA


Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) is pleased to announce its inaugural annual conference. Frontiers of Prevention is designed to bring together academic researchers and practitioners dedicated to the spectrum of genocide and mass atrocity prevention efforts. The intention of this inaugural conference is to initiate dialogue, exchange insights and experiences, and explore areas of possible creative collaboration between the academic world and the community of prevention-focused practitioners, both in government service and in civil society.

The conference theme, Frontiers of Prevention, is a broad-based inquiry into what is new, emergent, or possible in the current landscape of prevention efforts. Possible areas of inquiry include: what is the current status and future prospects of R2P? How does (or doesn’t) empirical research in the causes and triggers of atrocity crimes bear on the formation and implementation of policy for NGOs or state actors? What prospects do emerging information, media, or imaging technologies hold for new prevention approaches? What role do climate change or migration play in the prediction and prevention of atrocities? How can changes to social norms, education curricula, and public policies regarding gender, indigenous populations, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc. contribute to prevention? How can the communication and collaboration between university-based researchers and
practitioners be improved?

Academic researchers are invited to submit abstracts that present ongoing academic research. Abstracts should include a statement regarding the practical implications for prevention efforts.

Practitioners are invited to submit proposals for presentations describing their current work as members of initiatives or programs related to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocity.

Abstracts or proposals (approximately 300 words) should be sent to Max Pensky, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University, at mpensky@binghamton.edu

Deadline for receipt of abstracts and proposals is DECEMBER 20, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 20, 2018.

For additional questions and information, please contact either of the I-GMAP Co-Directors, Prof. Nadia Rubaii [nadia.rubaii@binghamton.edu] or Max Pensky [mpensky@binghamton.edu].




Sacramento State's 5th International Conference on Genocide - Call for Abstracts

Forms of Genocide Across the Globe: Challenges, Responses and Accountability, Nov. 1-3, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline is: April, 27 2018
California State University, Sacramento
The Department of Ethnic Studies

In Collaboration with:
The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
The College of Arts and Letters
The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide in Rwanda (CNLG)
Sonoma State University
Dickinson College
Global Majority
Friends of Rwanda Association


The 5th International Conference on Genocide
Theme: Forms of Genocide Across the Globe: Challenges, Responses and Accountability

November 1-3, 2018 at California State University, Sacramento, USA
Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento, in collaboration with its partners invites individual paper and panel submissions for its 5th International Conference on Genocide.

This is the 5th time the Conference on Genocide is taking place at the Sacramento State Campus. The conferences solidify the legacy of our late Rwandan colleague Professor Alexandre Kimenyi, whose pioneering spirit and selfless sacrifice led to Sacramento State hosting the first International Genocide conference in 1998. The success of the initial conference was followed by the 2004 International Genocide conference, a 2007 National Genocide conference focusing solely on “Rwanda after the Genocide,” and another International Conference on Genocide in 2011. The Genocide Conferences also underscore our commitment to foster a university community that values diversity and promotes international understanding and goodwill.

This year’s theme: Forms of Genocide Across the Globe: Challenges, Responses and Accountability examines themes related to collective memory of genocide with a specific focus on genocide denial, international arrest warrants in the aftermath of genocides, revisionism; survivor’s testimonies; transitional justice, genocide prevention; ending impunity, prosecution and extradition of fugitives from mass killings. The conference explores ideologies that diminish the significance and severity of genocide in a form of historical revisionism in Rwanda and other genocide contexts such as Germany, Armenia, and Bosnia. Other areas include any aspect of Genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, including the Jewish Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the Cambodian killing fields, East Timor, the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda, The Genocide in Darfur, the mass violence in Burundi, as well as the Genocide of Indigenous people in the Americas. Papers that address mass killings in Indonesia 1965- 1966, East Pakistan, Godhra, and Rohingya massacres in Myanmar, will be considered. The 5th International conference will engage challenges, responses, and responsibilities ratified in Articles V and VII of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, in collaboration with countries like Rwanda and the international community in efforts to bring those involved in the 1994 Genocide to justice, and what has worked in the past and what new options can be developed to make efforts of post-genocide governments more effective.

We welcome papers and panels featuring individual case studies, historical investigations, conceptual approaches and frameworks, comparative studies, and practitioner reflections. We are especially interested in papers/panels that address one or more aspects of the conference theme, both broadly and specifically.

The organizing committee welcomes individual paper and panel proposals, provided a panel does not exceed 4 presenters in each panel. For individual papers, no more than 2 authors/presenters will be accepted for each paper proposal. Each person is limited to only 2 presentations, as individual or co-presenter in the conference.

Please submit an abstract that is 150 words (maximum) in length, CV (1 page maximum), and full contact information including title, institution, and email.

You will be notified of the acceptance of your proposal by email, including registration, hotel, transportation, and other related information.

Selected abstracts will be published in the final conference program and should be of publishable quality.

Proposals and presentations in English are preferred, but we may be able to accommodate French speakers.

Abstract Submission Deadline is: April, 27 2018
Please submit your abstract via email to Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe
Email address: ssis-icg@csus.edu
Planning Committee Chair
California State University, Sacramento, University Ethnic Studies,
6000 J Street State Sacramento, CA 95819-6065
(916) 278-3536 or (916) 278 7570 F (916) 278-5156




Genocide after 1948: 70 Years of Genocide Convention
Call for papers deadline: May 1, 2018
NIOD Amsterdam / Utrecht University, December 7-8, 2018

On 9 December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Despite this commitment to prevent genocide and punish its perpetrators, several cases of genocide have occurred since, e.g. in Asia, Africa, and the European mainland itself. Millions of people have been categorically murdered on account of their real or perceived group identity – national, ethnic, racial, religious, political. What kind of impact(s) did the Convention have, and what type of changes were relevant in the postwar period? This multi-disciplinary conference will bring together historians, social scientists, and others, to explore the causes, courses, and consequences of genocide from a global perspective. The conference acknowledges the differences between genocide as a legal, historical, and social-scientific concept, and intends to include a variety of approaches.

We welcome papers on different cases across continents and decades, as well as critical issues that relate to mass violence, including, but not limited to, for example, the context of post-colonialism, the context of the Cold War and the contemporary context; the context of war, civil war and insurgency; intrastate power dynamics and political polarization; forms and institutions of violence; political economy, demography, ecology and geography; ideology, nationalism and identity politics; perpetration and individual perpetrators, victims and third parties; democratization; non-state actors.

The conference will consist of six main themes:

  • The concept of genocide and international law
  • (Civil) war and genocide
  • Perpetration
  • Genocide in Asia
  • Genocide in the Middle East
  • Genocide in Africa

We encourage both theoretical and empirical submissions. The conference will consist of a combination of formats, including pre-circulated paper sessions, public events, and book panels.

Abstracts for papers or panels (max 300 words) including a short biographical statement (max 100 words) can be submitted by 1 May 2018 to: genocideconference2018@niod.knaw.nl

Contact Info: For all general enquiries, please contact Barbara Boender at b.boender@niod.knaw.nl, or Martine van den Heuvel at m.van.den.heuvel@niod.knaw.nl
Contact Email: b.boender@niod.knaw.nl



Words that Kill Conference

May 28th - 30th 2018 - American University of Paris

Please note, registration for participants will open in February, registration for visitors opens in March.

There is a continuum linking symbolic violence (in images, signs, stories) and physical violence. Social violence is bred by the construction of otherness, the mobilization of myth (purity of origins), the use of libel, falsehoods and mistruths-performative acts that foment hate and generate the conditions of possibility of mass violence. They are common elements of strategic propaganda to scapegoat, contaminate, exclude, and dehumanize targeted groups, preconditions for discrimination, repression, mass violence or genocide. Mass violence requires narratives authorizing killing, words that not only distance perpetrators from their involvement but also rationalize and naturalize injustices, normalize crimes and, in the aftermath, erase them from social memory.

In our current troubled historical moment, where toxic discourses are being mobilized for political ends, there is growing concern and debate over the perilous effects of post-truth regimes, false news and lying in politics. The phenomenon is not new: As Hannah Arendt notes in Lying in Politics, penned after the publication of the Pentagon Papers, “Secrecy…and deception, the deliberate falsehood and the outright lie used as a legitimate means to achieve politics ends, have been with us since the beginning of recorded history.” But it has become increasingly acute, affecting and poisoning political discourse and daily social intercourse.

The aim of the international conference Words that Kill (May 28th - 30th 2018) organized by the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention is to reexamine the questions of hate speech and freedom, the production and circulation of lies, and violence-inducing identity discourses. Through interdisciplinary investigation and critique, we aspire to foster intellectual and policy responses to injustice, exclusion, and violence.

We welcome innovative scholarly contributions that examine the multiple dimensions of the problem of hate, the production of otherness, violence and images, language, media and narratives. Potential topics include:

Truth, Lies and the Manufacturing of Otherness

  • The epistemological problem: distinguishing truth and lies, facts from falsehood.
  • Uses and misuses of history: mythmaking and mass violence.
  • Discourses of hate and hate speech.
  • Cross-national approaches to free speech and hate speech.
  • The manipulation of “fact” in hate speech.
  • Manufacturing otherness in narratives, images and language.
  • False science and scientism as justification for violence.

Mediating Hate

  • The production, circulation and reception of dehumanizing representations and falsehoods.
  • Media (new and old), lies, violence and hate.
  • The power of images.
  • Virality.
  • Strategies to counter or control lies and hate speech.
  • Performance and truth.

Inciting and Denying

  • Propaganda as incitement to mass violence.
  • Conspiracy theories and rumor as incitement to violence.
  • Genocide denial and revisionism: production and reception.
  • Commemoration practices: truth and fiction.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
  • Sarah Banet-Weiser (University of Southern California)
  • Susan Benesch (Harvard University)
  • Gérald Bronner (Paris Diderot)
  • Jayson Harsin (American University of Paris)
  • Jason Stanley (Yale University)
Organizing committee:
  • Waddick Doyle
  • Oliver Feltham
  • Philip Golub
  • Cary Hollinshead-Strick
  • Jayson Harsin
  • Constance Pâris de Bollardière
  • Susan Perry
  • Claudia Roda
  • Brian Schiff
  • Miranda Spieler

Papers can be given in English or French. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and quality of the scholarly contribution. Proposals for presentations must include an abstract (no more than 500 words) and a short biography (no more than 250 words). Paper submissions are now closed. New papers will not be accepted.

For questions about the conference, please contact us at schaeffercenter@aup.edu. Interested in attending? You can buy your ticket through our online registration form. 



Rwanda After 1994: Stories of Change Conference

6th July 2018
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Confirmed Keynotes: Esther Mujawayo-Keiner and Malaika Uwamahoro

Rwandan Stories of Change is pleased to announce an international conference to be held at the University of St Andrews on the 6th of July 2018. We will bring together scholars from across the Humanities and Social Sciences to explore how Rwanda has changed since the genocide of 1994.

Since 1994 Rwanda has undergone remarkable shifts and transitions: culturally, economically, and educationally the country has gone from strength to strength. This conference seeks to gather diverse perspectives on the changing social and cultural fabric of Rwanda in the past 24 years. We invite participants to consider the context of these changes, particularly in relation to the ongoing importance of remembering and in wider developments in the Great Lakes and East Africa regions. Equally we are keen to explore what stories of change are emerging from Rwanda: creative writing and testimonies, as well as national, regional, and international political narratives. Which frameworks might be most useful for understanding different kinds of change? And looking forwards, what new directions are emerging, and how will Rwanda’s trajectory be shaped by other global factors?




Buried Words: A Workshop on Sexuality, Violence and Holocaust Testimonies

October 11, 2018

Toronto, Canada

An academic workshop presented by the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program with the support of Sara Horowitz of York University and Anna Shternshis of the University of Toronto

The one-day workshop will include three sessions:

Session 1: Sexuality and violence in testimonies by girls and women

Discussants: Sara Horowitz (York University), Na’ama Shik (Yad Vashem), Zoë Waxman (University of Oxford), Carson Phillips (Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, Toronto)

Session 2: Narratives of sexual violence against boys and men

Discussants: Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Tommy Curry (Texas A&M University), Debórah Dwork (Clark University), Dorota Glowacka (University of King’s College), Benjamin Baader (University of Manitoba)

Session 3: Methodological challenges of using different forms of testimony to study sexual violence

Discussants: Paula David (University of Toronto), Henry Greenspan (University of Michigan), Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto), Kori Street (USC Shoah Foundation), Jennifer Evans (Carleton University)

For more information and to register, send your contact information and academic affiliation to stephanie@azrielifoundation.org.

This workshop is open to scholars and graduate students. There will be a public event in the evening.

 The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program is a not-for-profit program established to preserve and share the memoirs of those who survived the twentieth-century Nazi genocide of the Jews of Europe and later made their way to Canada.




New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison

November 4-6, 2018

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life invite proposals for their 2018 International Conference “New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison” that is being organized in cooperation with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., and the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin, Germany. This conference, which convenes 80 years after the violent pogrom of 1938 against the Jews in Nazi Germany, aims to gather the most recent scholarship on the event itself. Conference presenters will explore the variety of responses to Kristallnacht within Germany, and in other parts of the world, as well as analyze comparisons of violent pogroms in world history. Thus, the conference shall help to situate this anti-Jewish pogrom in its close historical context, as well as in its place in world history.

The conference will be held November 4-6, 2018, at the University of Southern California.

The Call for Papers can be downloaded here.