Nominations and Biographies for the 2017-2019 Board

POSITION: PRESIDENT

 

HENRY THERIAULT

Given the humbling list of previous presidents, nomination is a tremendous honor.

Genocide studies has been at the forefront of recent human rights advances. Dire political climates in the US, Europe, and other areas threaten this progress. Racism, xenophobia, misogyny, etc. pervade public discourse and drive repressive legal and political regressions the world over. Genocide’s prevalence even threatens increase.

Against this, a vibrant IAGS is essential. Demagogues attack the sensibilities genocide studies engenders. Our work is a crucial challenge to their propaganda. IAGS must strive against this marginalization while innovatively expanding the field, especially creating space for emerging scholars particularly vulnerable to this backlash.

Specific initiatives are vital. IAGS is positioned respectfully to support program development especially in the Global South and relationships between established and emerging centers.  Launching an accreditation system would promote program creation and evolution while ensuring quality. Research partnerships with funding organizations could finance members’ projects, especially international collaborations involving Global South and emerging scholars. Achieving UN NGO status would increase members’ impact. An IAGS monograph series might publish definitive reference works, while open-access curricular guides and supporting publications would disseminate our work to secondary institutions and universities.

An accomplished facilitator can help realize these and other possibilities. Beyond publishing and presenting in various venues including policy domains, I served on IAGS’s Advisory Board 2007-2011 and co-edited Genocide Studies and Prevention 2007-2012.  I am in my sixth year as my university’s Philosophy Department chair, ran our Human Rights Center eight years, and have served in numerous other leadership positions.

 POSITION: FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT

 

ARMEN MARSOOBIAN

As a child of genocide survivors, I have long been aware of cruelties that humans are capable of committing. Understanding human behavior an individual and communal level led me to the study of history, political science and ultimately philosophy, earning a doctorate in the latter (SUNY at Stony Brook). My recent scholarship focuses on the aftermath of genocide. Collective moral responsibility arising from crimes against humanity has been the focus of my articles published in philosophy and genocide studies journals and in my co-edited a book, Genocide’s Aftermath: Responsibility and Repair. In my forthcoming co-edited volume Genocide and Memory: Interdisciplinary Approaches, I take up issues related to memorial art and historical dialogue. I have lectured extensively on these topics, including at all meetings of the IAGS since 2004. I have also evaluated IAGS conference submissions. I have extensive teaching experience on comparative genocide at my university and Columbia University. In some of my courses I approach issues through the arts and literature.

I see myself as a scholar/activist who is committed to social justice, accountability and reconciliation. I have partnered with a Turkish NGO to bring the “forgotten” story of the Armenians to the Turkish public. Using the photos and textual materials we have created highly successful photography exhibitions in Istanbul, Merzifon, Diyarbakir, and Ankara. I have published books in both English and Turkish that tell the Armenian story using photographs and family memoirs.

My goals for the IAGS are reflected in my work as a scholar/activist. Education is the key to genocide prevention.

 

ADAM MULLER

I’m an interdisciplinary scholar in the University of Manitoba’s Department of English, Film, and Theatre. I work mainly on visual representations of atrocity, and I’ve edited three books, most recently The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2015). I also co-direct the Embodying Empathy project, which links survivors, scholars, technologists, and heritage professionals to build and study a virtual Canadian Indian Residential School.

IAGS means a lot to me, professionally and personally. I’ve tried to express my deep gratitude for the remarkable people and ideas I’ve encountered over the years of my membership through service to the association. Since 2015 I’ve been a member of IAGS’s Advisory Board, and in this capacity helped draft terms of reference for the IAGS Artist Prize.  I also served on this year’s Awards Committee. In large and small ways I’ve tried to contribute productively to ongoing executive discussions of IAGS’s policies and priorities. 

IAGS’s first VP will be responsible for working collaboratively to coordinate and plan the association’s conference. I have considerable such experience, most recently a symposium bringing together Canada’s leading indigenous and Holocaust scholars to discuss cultural genocide. I also helped secure funding for, and organize, IAGS’s 2014 conference in Winnipeg.

 

POSITION: SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT

MELANIE O’BRIEN

Currently a research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia, I am an international lawyer, focused on international criminal law and human rights law, but with a significant inter-disciplinary aspect, crossing over with history, politics and international relations. My strong belief in social justice, in particular prevention of and accountability for atrocities and human rights abuses, has led to an active and engaged commitment to IAGS. In addition to dedication to the mission of IAGS and its members, I have striven to bring my substantial organizational skills to the various roles I have taken on since joining in 2011, including the Emerging Scholars Committee, the By-Laws Committee, the Journal Transition Committee, and two terms on the Advisory Board. I am currently an Editorial Board member of IAGS journal, Genocide Studies and Prevention, and especially enthusiastic to be co-convenor of the IAGS 2017 conference at UQ. Through these experiences and my active engagement with members across the globe, I have a developed understanding of IAGS’ structure and functions. I am excited about the chance to extend my service to IAGS through the Second Vice-President’s position. IAGS is a wonderful, multi-disciplinary, international association with so many fantastic, talented members who contribute significantly to global scholarship and policy in such a crucial area. Our work is particularly important in the current era of populism, alt-truth and discrimination against minority groups. It will be my honour to represent those members on the Executive Board as Second Vice-President, continuing international outreach for IAGS, including to enhance collaboration with Global South scholars and continue the push for NGO status at the UN.

 

REGINA PAULOSE

My name is Regina Paulose and I am an International Criminal Law and Human Rights Attorney based in the United States. I am a graduate of Seattle University Law School (2004) and I graduated from the University of Torino/ UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (2012) with a LLM in International Criminal Justice. I am a former prosecutor and I have interned for a UN mission and an active NGO in Geneva, Switzerland. I am active in presenting at different conferences on genocide and human rights issues in addition to working with different groups around the world. My specific area of interest and passion in international criminal law is genocide. In many parts of the world “genocide” is a crime that is altogether ignored or denied. I hope to serve the IAGS community on the Executive Board and help bring more connection among the community in between IAGS conferences in addition to increasing the amount of education IAGS provides to civil society as a group of scholars. If I am elected Second Vice President, I hope to underscore IAGS importance in today’s world given the changing factors we witness everyday at global citizens.

 

POSITION: SECRETARY/TREASERUR

AMY FAGIN

I am a U.S. based visual artist and author of Beyond Genocide; an emerging series of illuminated manuscripts documenting a visual arts narrative on global incidents of genocide and mass violence. This body of work represents a meta-modernist approach to the materials, techniques and theoretical principals underlying art form and subject matter. I am also founder of Beyond Genocide Centre for Prevention which conducts research, travel seminars, lectures, workshops and advisory work on global initiatives of memory and memorialization through individual and collective arts expression and the museum experience. I have served on the advisory board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars for two terms and currently serve on the international advisory board for the Winter School in Genocide Studies Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

This year I nominated myself for the position of Secretary Treasurer for the IAGS community to offer expertise in keeping an organized treasurers account for the benefit of the organization. The criteria of my professional experience as a treasurer include a term of office as Secretary Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of the New Salem Public Library and over 30 years of experience owning and operating a small business, using Quickbooks programming for the bookkeeping of all accounts as a manufacturer of reproduction art. 

 

POSITION: MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

STEPHANIE WOLFE

Stephanie Wolfe is an Assistant Professor at Weber State University who specializes in international politics and human rights, with an emphasis on genocide, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities.  She received her PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies in 2011. Her publications include The Politics of Reparations and Apologies (2013), which focuses on the aftermath of World War II atrocities; specifically the Holocaust and the Romani genocides, the Japanese American internment, and the Japanese ‘comfort women’ system. In addition a book chapter: The Politics of Reparations and Apologies: Historical and Symbolic Justice within the Rwandan Context was published in 2014.

Dr. Wolfe’s current projects center on the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and is currently immersed in a large scale research project with Never Again Rwanda to write a comprehensive book on memorials throughout the country.

Dr. Wolfe has served has been a member of IAGS since 2008, and served as the facebook administrator since 2012.  Since 2012 she has grown the facebook community from 79 followers to 3,137 followers. She was elected in 2015 for a two year term in Communications and is currently overseeing the transition from the previous website to a new platform. She is seeking re-election as the communications officer to bring to completion the previous projects and to ensure everything runs smoothly for the new board.
 

POSITION: ADVISORY BOARD

Hollie Nyseth Brehm

Hollie Nyseth Brehm is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the causes and processes of genocide and on how countries rebuild in the aftermath with a specific focus on Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan. Her research on the gacaca courts is currently funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and her recent articles have been published or are forthcoming in Criminology, Social Problems, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, the American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Genocide Studies and Prevention, the Journal of Genocide Research, Sociological Forum, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociological Quarterly, and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Hollie is a member of a U.S. government atrocity prevention task force and regularly works with the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide. She also works with the Center for Victims of Torture and is a core member of I-Activism, which provides humanitarian action to people affected by mass atrocity in Darfur. At Ohio State, she teaches classes on global criminology, violence, and terrorism in addition to a study abroad course in Rwanda. Hollie has been a member of IAGS and has regularly attended its annual conference since 2012.

 

SARA BROWN

Statement: I am seeking a position with the Advisory Board for the International Association of Genocide Scholars. A proud and engaged member of IAGS since 2013, I would be honored to join the Advisory Board and contribute to the meaningful work at IAGS, including growing our member base, further cultivating our presence within and beyond our academic community, and supporting meaningful avenues for engagement with young scholars within IAGS.

Bio: Dr. Sara E. Brown was the Stern Family Fellow and the first comparative genocide Ph.D. at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Brown has worked and conducted research in Rwanda since 2004 and has been an active member of the academic community for the past eight years. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Brown’s forthcoming book is titled Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Rescuers and as Perpetrators.

 

HILARY EARL

I am a professor of Modern European History at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. My research and teaching interests include comparative genocide, war crimes trials, perpetrator testimony, and the cultural impact of the Holocaust and genocide in the twenty-first century. I have published in a variety of journals and essay collections and my book, The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity, Law, and History, published by Cambridge University press,  won the 2010 Hans Rosenberg prize for best book in German history. I also co-edited Lessons and Legacies XI: Expanding Perspectives on the Holocaust in a Changing World published with Northwestern University Press, 2014 and I am co-editing the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Holocaust expected out in 2018. My current work includes an examination of the reintegration of war criminals into German society and developing a pedagogy for reading atrocity photographs. I am in the early stages of making a documentary film on Nazi perpetrators. I think I would make an excellent member of the advisory board having served 2 years as an editor for the IAGS journal and because my scholarly interests are so diverse. 

 

CHRISTIAN GUDEHUS

A social scientist by training, I am working in the field of memory and violence studies at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany). The institute is research-orientated and works, despite its name, in an interdisciplinary manner. It further offers an international master in international humanitarian action. In the past I have taught and undertaken research in different capacities in Argentina, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, and Sweden.

My publications covers the aforementioned and other subjects as for example social change, research methods, social theory, and e-humanities. Amongst others I co-edited interdisciplinary Handbooks on Violence as well as on Memory and Remembrance.

Since 2014 I am editor in chief of genocide studies and prevention, the journal of the IAGS. In this relative short time the editorial team was able to establish the journal as a respected and widely read publication in the field with more than 50.000 downloads per annum. To strengthen the journal and to pass on the experiences of the work done for it will be an integral part of my position as an advisory board member.

Links

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict: http://www.ifhv.de/

International humanitarian action: http://www.ifhv.de/index.php/noha-master

GSP: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/gsp/

Profile page: http://www.ifhv.de/index.php/contact/9-people/129-dr-christian-gudehus

SUREN MANUKYAN

Suren Manukyan, PhD, Deputy Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute (Yerevan, Armenia) (since 2007). Member of IAGS (since 2013), the member of Resolutions` committee of IAGS (since 2015), the member of IC-MEMO, International Committee of Memorial Museums in Memory of Victims of Public Crimes (since 2015).

Lecturer at American University of Armenia and Yerevan State University. Book review editor of International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies.

I was director of the IAGS’s twelfth conference “Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides” in Yerevan (8-12 July 2015).

My current research focuses on the social-psychological dimension of the Armenian genocide. It is based on my Fulbright research project “The Sociology of Armenian Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers vs Victims, Survivors, and Betrayers” done at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at the Rutgers University of New Jersey, USA (2012-2013).

I am ready to invest my organizational and academic skills for the promotion of the mission of IAGS and development of the organization.

 

ANDREW WOOLFORD

I have been an IAGS member since 2007. I served as IAGS president from 2015 to 2017 and Second Vice President from 2013 to 2015. I bring to the Advisory Board valuable experience in the IAGS decision-making process, as well as the historical memory needed to ensure continuity in our Association.

As President, I have contributed to a wide variety of initiatives, including renewal and formalization of IAGS scholarly prizes, the rebirth of our newsletter, growth of the IAGS media presence, and the expansion of membership options and benefits. As Second Vice President, I organized the Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Winnipeg. This our first off-cycle meeting, the conference presented unique challenges, but attracted 120 presenters and over 200 attendees to a stimulating conference.

My research covers the areas of post-genocide reparations and justice, colonial genocide, and the criminology of genocide. Most recently, I am author of This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States (2015) as well as co-editor of Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America (2014,), The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2015), Canada and Colonial Genocide (2017). My current project, Embodying Empathy, involves a community-based design and build of a virtual Indian Residential School as an educational and commemorative resource.