Candidates for the IAGS Executive and Advisory Boards 2013-15

EXECUTIVE BOARD

POSITION: PRESIDENT (1 candidate)

DANIEL FEIERSTEIN (dfeiers@gmail.com)
Statement: After serving IAGS for three terms, I have gained experience and knowledge that are essential for a Presidency. When I ran for First Vice-President, I promised to enhance our social media presence, to develop resources on trials, genocide prevention, and to increase the exchange between Anglosaxon and non-Anglosaxon perspectives.

Indeed, we have transformed our journal in a free, open access on-line journal which will allow a broader exchange, including the translation of works produced from all over the globe. Our cutting-edge research will therefore available for free for scholars from the Global South, politicians, survivors, media and interested lay readers. This change has helped ensure the fiscal solvency of IAGS and its independence.

Regarding internationalization, we planned conferences in Siena (2013), Winnipeg (2014), and Yerevan (2015). I served as one of the main organizers of Buenos Aires and Siena, and have the experience to ensure that the next two go just as smoothly. I will seek to strengthen the Latin American participation and to expand the IAGS in Asia and Africa. I believe greater involvement from emerging scholars is crucial to enrich the debates and dialogue across generations.

I hope you will agree to journey with me, as we work together, as scholars, to confront the genocidal legacies. To do so requires more debate as well as critical thinking in a respectful and engaged manner.

Biographical note: Daniel Feierstein holds a PhD in Social Sciences. He is the Director of the Centre of Genocide Studies at the UNTREF, Argentina, and the founder and Professor in the Genocide Chair at the UBA. He has published several books (Genocidio como Práctica Social; Memorias y Representaciones; State Violence and Genocide in Latin America, among others). He has published numerous articles in refereed journals. His work has been used in the trials in Argentina to qualify the human rights violations committed in the country as genocide.

POSITION: 1ST VICE-PRESIDENT (1 candidate)

DONNA-LEE FRIEZE (donna-lee.frieze@deakin.edu.au)
Statement: I am seeking the 2013-2015 position for 1st vice president of IAGS. I strongly believe in the internationalization and inclusivity of IAGS and support active regional representation for the Association. As an advisory board member of IAGS from 2011-2013, I have observed its evolutions and strongly support its direction and goals. I have had the pleasure of working with the current 1st vice president Daniel Feierstein, as we both made a contribution to the Siena conference. In this new position, I would be eager to plan the two major conferences forthcoming in 2014 and 2015 and work closely with Feierstein as president. The IAGS has grown in the past few years to include members from around the globe and has supported emerging scholars, which has been a healthy advance for the Association. The South Pacific region has many well-renowned genocide studies scholars who are underrepresented in the voices of the organization, including young scholars, and I would encourage their participation in the various roles a new journal may offer.

I am a Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan and a Visiting Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute in Melbourne. I taught a graduate unit on Genocide Studies for over ten years and continue to teach an undergraduate unit on the Holocaust at Deakin University, Melbourne. I am collaborating with a team of historians and museologists on a history of the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre. My teaching and research areas include genocide studies, film, and philosophy. In 2009 I was joint consulting scholar for a conference on Raphael Lemkin and sole consulting scholar for a six-month exhibition on Lemkin, both at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. I am the editor of Raphael Lemkin’s autobiography, forthcoming this month with Yale University Press.

 
POSITION: 2ND VICE-PRESIDENT (2 candidates)

(1) MARC SHERMAN (msherman-encygeno@mail.com)
Statement: I am Chief Librarian at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. I am running for Second Vice-President of IAGS. If elected, I will devote my time to membership development and recruitment utilizing my skills, knowledge, and training as an information professional. It is crucial that the role of the Second Vice-President, responsible for membership development and recruitment, be skilled and trained as an information professional, while sensitive to all the interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship in our field. As Membership Director from 2005-2007, I worked tirelessly identifying potential new members and inviting them to join IAGS. Through my efforts, IAGS grew to 400 members.

From 2009-2012, I was director of the Holocaust and Genocide Review (HGR) of GPN – Genocide Prevention Now, a web-based magazine published by the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem, through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation in New York.  HGR accumulated and provided scholars and followers of GPN with information resources in a variety of areas. Through HGR, I established contacts throughout our field that will enable me to further locate potential members for IAGS. 

I have been an active member of IAGS since 1996. Aside from serving as Membership Director, I also served as Secretary from 2007-2009. IAGS is an organization I hold close to my heart and will work with dedication and thoroughness to build our organization through membership development and recruitment.

(2) ANDREW WOOLFORD (Andrew_Woolford@umanitoba.ca)
Statement: I have been an IAGS member since 2007 and now hope to increase my role in the Association, both through co-organizing the 2014 IAGS meetings in Winnipeg and my candidacy for this position.

If elected second VP, my first objective is to better understand the multiple cultures of genocide studies with an eye toward bridge building. As well, my priority is to contribute to ongoing efforts to reach out to less prominent constituencies (e.g., youth, Indigenous scholars, and scholars from the developing world). Finally, I am committed to the important and interrelated scholarly and public/international roles of IAGS.

I am professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba. I have held a variety of administrative and executive academic and nonprofit positions. At present, I am on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and have recently completed a term as president of the board of directors of the John Howard Society of Manitoba.

My research covers a wide range of topics that includes genocide studies, settler colonialism, and transitional justice. My current project is a comparative study of Indigenous boarding schools, “This Benevolent Experiment”: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in the United States and Canada.

POSITION: SECRETARY-TREASURER (1 candidate)

BORISLAVA MANOJLOVIC (borislavam@gmail.com)
Statement: I am honoured and grateful to be nominated for the IAGS Secretary-Treasurer position. As the Cumbie Director of Research with the Genocide Prevention Program and a member of the Faculty at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), George Mason University, I have taught courses and implemented numerous research projects that focus on dealing with the past and genocide prevention. Before joining S-CAR, I worked on minorities and reconciliation related issues with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Croatia and Kosovo for more than seven years.

The painful experience of wars in the Balkans in the 1990s has shaped my life trajectory and dedication to genocide prevention and dealing with the past. My desire to understand the roots of violent conflicts has eventually led me to where I am in academia. I currently teach a course on Dealing with the past in the aftermath of mass atrocities in the Balkans that includes travel to the Balkans and learning from the local people about transitional justice and reconciliation processes. I am also writing a book based on my dissertation research that explores memory of past atrocities in educational systems in Eastern Slavonia, Croatia.

If I am elected Secretary-Treasurer of IAGS, I will focus on attracting new members by closely working with the second Vice-President on strategies that would raise awareness about IAGS’s mission. Recognizing the importance of online and social media platforms, I will work with the Media/Communications Officer to facilitate the exchange of fresh and innovative ideas, further develop a network of Emerging Scholars, and encourage dialogue and meaningful conversations between junior and senior scholars on the topics related to genocide studies. I will also ensure proper, efficient and transparent management of IAGS’s financial practices by continuing to improve the existing system.

I am excited about this opportunity and I will do my best to promote IAGS goals of advancing research, teaching and policy studies related to genocide and atrocities prevention.

POSITION: NEW MEDIA/COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (1 candidate)

RAFIKI UBALDO (rafiki.ubaldo@gmail.com)
Statement: I am the current New Media and Communication Officer of the IAGS. It has been an honour and a privilege to coordinate The Website Committee that gave a new face to IAGS Website and the Emerging Scholars team of administrators and curators of different IAGS’s social media platforms. I hope you have enjoyed our new presence on the internet. While we have achieved a lot together, we still need to strengthen the membership pages on our website so that your interaction with other members is made easier and more useful. We also need to develop other components of the website such as the IAGS image Bank that we hope will be useful in classroom and other public gatherings. We would also like to increase content on IAGS Official Blog. But most importantly we need to increase the visibility of IAGS’s Emerging Scholars. That is why I kindly ask you to vote me for a second term as IAGS’s Media and Communication Officer so that together we continue to create awareness about the IAGS and its work, and intensify education for genocide prevention using our presence on the internet.

ADVISORY BOARD – CANDIDATES

(1) MARK DELL KIELSGARD (mkielsga@cityu.edu.hk)
Statement: I am an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong. I have been an IAGS member for five years and I teach International Criminal Law and Human Rights in Hong Kong and Mainland China. I’ve studied in the US and Europe and worked in Asia so I would enrich the international perspective of the board. I understand scholarly considerations as I publish on a variety of relevant subjects including genocide, terrorism, comparative criminal law, corporate social responsibility and I am currently working on a book for Routledge titled At the Confluence of Law and Politics: Responding to Modern Genocide. Additionally, I have experience with cross-cultural organizations as I am a member of The American Society of International Law, the European Chinese Law Association, the Asian Law Institute and the Society of Policy Scientists in addition to my IAGS membership. I also understand practical constraints as a practicing lawyer licensed in the US and the ICTY. I believe the IAGS is a robust organization whose best days are ahead and would encourage not only its academic leadership but continued practical initiatives directed at concrete results.

(2) EDWARD KISSI (ekissi@cas.usf.edu)
Statement: I am Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. I am the author of Revolution and Genocide in Ethiopia and Cambodia (2006) and “The Holocaust as a Guidepost for Genocide Detection and Prevention in Africa” (2009), a discussion paper written for the UN.

If accepted as a member of the Advisory Council, I will work to extend the global outreach of the IAGS to the African continent, a region where our influence is yet to spread, but where the Association can make an impact. Fifteen African countries including Ethiopia and Zambia agreed, this year, to make genocide-education an integral part of their public school curricula. Our global outreach should include helping Africa’s teachers to teach about genocide-prevention. Identifying educators in Africa who share this goal, and sponsoring some of them to participate in our conferences will be one of my advisory priorities, as we continue to build a global Association. I also see an African network of genocide scholars as a necessary regional affiliate of the IAGS. I will work within the Council to explore that possibility. With that network, an IAGS conference on the African continent will not be far from a reality.

(3) ALAN KUPERMAN (akuperman@mail.utexas.edu)
Statement: I did not seek this nomination, but it is an honor to be nominated by former IAGS President Israel Charny, so I am happy to stand for election. I worry that IAGS has lost its way in recent years in two regards: procedural and substantive. Procedurally, there has been a lack of transparency and engagement with the membership on issues that are vital to the organization, including censorship on the LISTSERV and termination of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention. Substantively, some senior officials of the organization regrettably have tried to use the organization as a platform to promote their own political agendas on issues not involving genocide. My hope is that IAGS will return to its traditions of transparent democratic procedures and an unwavering substantive focus on the study and prevention of genocide.

(4) ARMEN MARSOOBIAN (marsoobiana1@southernct.edu)
Statement: I have been actively involved and attending IAGS conferences for a dozen years. I am committed to scholarship and teaching in our field. I believe that we two important roles to play: 1) We need to support the varied disciplinary approaches to the scholarship of genocide studies; 2) We need to promote teaching about genocide and its prevention. In carrying out these roles the IAGS should be particularly supportive of scholar-activists in under-resourced countries. We should carry out all our activities in a transparent and democratic fashion. I am Chairperson and Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Twice serving as the Ordjanian Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies, at Columbia University. Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook. I am editor of the Wiley-Blackwell philosophy journal Metaphilosophy. I teach courses in philosophy and genocide studies. I have co-edited five books and published articles in aesthetics, moral philosophy, genocide studies and American philosophy. My essay, “Rescue in Marsovan: The Untold Story Behind a Photograph,” won the Hrant Dink Prize for Historical Research and is being expanded into a book. I recently organized an exhibition in Istanbul about my family and their photography business in the Ottoman Turkey.

(5) MELANIE O’BRIEN (melanie.obrien@griffith.edu.au)
Statement: I am a Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, specialising in, inter alia, international criminal law, international humanitarian law (IHL), and human rights.  From July 2013, I will spend 12 months as Human Rights Legal Officer at the Office of the Ombudsman, the new National Human Rights Institute, in Samoa. (For a full bio, see http://www.ceps.edu.au/people/30/melanie-obrien)

I am on the IAGS Emerging Scholars Committee, By-Laws Committee and Journal Transition Committee.

If elected, I will:
* (Continue to) promote IAGS and its conferences in Australia and the Pacific.
* Work towards a future IAGS conference being held in Australia and/or other new locations.
* Boost profiles of early career scholars within IAGS.
* Encourage links between early career scholars and more experienced scholars.
* Bring an international criminal legal and historical perspective to the Advisory Board, promoting, e.g., issues surrounding application of the Genocide Convention; accountability of génocidaires, through prosecution in national and international courts and tribunals.
* Ensure continuation of the inter-disciplinary collegiality in IAGS’ boards, committees and memberships, and the new journal.
* Encourage more involvement with social media (website, Facebook page) from all IAGS members, to make our web presence more dynamic.

(6) PHILIP SPENCER (P.Spencer@kingston.ac.uk)
Statement: I have for the past two years served on the Resolutions Committee of IAGS and, more recently, helped with the preparation of this year’s conference. I hope I have contributed constructively to important discussions about whether IAGS should take a position on current and threatening genocides, and sought to reconcile alternative points of view, respecting the different backgrounds and concerns of our importantly diverse membership. I have meanwhile written a new book on genocide (Genocide since 1945), intended for as wide an audience as possible. This was a product both of my research and teaching. At Kingston, I have developed a genocide curriculum that is now taught to over 180 students (we began with 15). Internationally, I led the development of a pioneering Joint European Masters in Human Rights and Genocide Studies, in collaboration with several European Universities (including Siena). This course links academic study activity with advocacy, whilst respecting different understandings of genocide as such and of actual or potential genocides. As a member of the Advisory Board, I would want to foster both our ongoing debate about these issues and the spread of genocide education across the diverse civil societies with which we are all engaged.

(7) HANNIBAL TRAVIS (travish@fiu.edu)
Statement: I am interested in participating in the development of special issues of Genocide Studies and Prevention, and resolutions of IAGS on current events, as an advisory board member. I have published two articles on the Armenian/Assyrian/Greek genocide and the Darfur genocide, respectively, in Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. I have also published a chapter on the Darfur genocide in The Top Ten Global Justice Law Review Articles 2008 (Oxford UP, 2009). I have served on the board of advisors of the Journal of Genocide Research. I have contributed three book reviews to that journal as well, relating in particular to the Armenian Genocide and the Bosnian Genocide. I line edited the Harvard Human Rights Journal in 1997, and conducted peer review on several occasions for Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.  I have published a chapter on the international arms trade as a contributing factor to genocide in Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide: An Annotated Bibliography (Samuel Totten ed., Transaction Publishers, 2010), a chapter on denial of the Armenian/Assyrian genocide in Forgotten Genocides (Rene Lemarchand ed., U. Penn. Press, 2011), a chapter about the crime against humanity of persecution as related to bloggers and Internet users in Transnational Culture in the Internet Age (Elgar, 2012), and a monograph comprising the first comprehensive legal and social history of genocide in the Middle East and North Africa, entitled Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). I obtained my law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1999. I am an Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University, which I have taught international and comparative law, Internet law, intellectual property law, antitrust law, and freedom of expression. I have also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute in the United Kingdom.  My other work has been published in the American University Law Review, Hofstra Law Review, Miami Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Tulane Law Review. I have also participated in archival projects relating to genocide, including the Modern Assyrian Research Archive and a potential archive relating to the southern Sudanese genocide.

(8) UGUR ÜMIT ÜNGÖR (ugur.ungor@gmail.com)
Statement: My name is Ugur Ümit Üngör of the NIOD: Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, and I study mass violence from a comparative, interdisciplinary perspective. I want to take an active role in the ongoing improvement and development of genocide studies. We have a strong organization in the IAGS with a mission to support genocide scholars and students. I’m excited to offer my work experience and talents to help IAGS adequately plan for the challenges of future growth. I have held many roles over the years. Since 2003, I have been involved with the exceptionally successful Master’s program in ‘Holocaust and Genocide Studies’ at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2011, I serve on that MA program as Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Apart from this, I have served on the Advisory Board of the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence for the past two years. I enjoy academic service and helping improve higher education and genocide studies in general. I would appreciate your support for me, to serve on the IAGS Advisory Board.

(9) ERNESTO VERDEJA (everdeja@gmail.com)
Statement: I have been privileged to serve on the IAGS Advisory Board during the 2011-2013 term and I would be honored to serve again.

I see three main areas that should receive special attention: First, the association should continue its efforts to expand its membership and invite greater participation from scholars in Africa, Asia and Latin America, who can provide alternative perspectives that can enrich everyone’s research. The association is at a pivotal moment now, when new and exciting work is being produced around the globe but often doesn't receive the kind of attention it deserves in the global North. Second, we should encourage more research on the ways in which genocide is connected (and differs from) other kinds of political violence. With some important exceptions, much of the field's work has developed in isolation from research on civil wars, terrorism, counterinsurgency, famine, and similar phenomena. I would also encourage greater attention to the ways in which transnational economic and environmental pressures affect the likelihood of genocide and related forms of violence. Third, I support continued attention to professionalizing young scholars to prepare them for the job market. Most jobs are in disciplinary departments and not in genocide research institutes, and thus emerging scholars can benefit from greater preparation on how to secure these positions.

(10) JAMES WALLER (jwaller@keene.edu)
Statement: I am the Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire (US). Keene State offers the only undergraduate major in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the US. I also serve as the Academic Programs Director for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, a genocide and mass atrocity prevention organization with offices in New York City and Oswiecim, Poland. In addition to my frontline work on genocide and mass atrocity prevention with diplomats from around the world, my research interests include the psychology of perpetrator behavior. My related book, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, was first published in 2002 by Oxford University Press, with a 2nd edition (revised and updated) released in 2007 and a third edition in preparation. I am also contracted with Oxford for a textbook on comparative genocide and, in addition to two other books on racism, I have authored over three dozen chapters in edited volumes. I have been a long-standing member of IAGS and, along with Hilary Earl, served as the program co-chair for the 2009 conference at George Mason University.

My vision of the role of the Advisory Board is to assist IAGS in staying clear to its stated goal to “further research and teaching about the nature, causes, and consequences of genocide, and advance policy studies on prevention of genocide.” Our publications, resources, and conferences should be structured so as to advance this goal, particularly in the encouragement of interdisciplinary approaches. As we are all aware, this is a crucial time of transition for IAGS that offers opportunities for growth and enrichment. As such, it would be a particular honor to serve on the Advisory Board during this time and join with my colleagues from around the world in advancing the important work to which we are dedicated.”

(11) LIOR ZYLBERMAN (liorzylberman@gmail.com)
Statement: I have recently finished my PhD thesis on memory and image in Atom Egoyan's film work (UBA). I’ve received a Master degree in Communication and Culture (UBA, 2011) – where my thesis analyzed film representation of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. My Bachelor’s degree is in Sociology (UBA, 2005). I’m a member of the research team at the Center for Genocide Studies, National University of Tres de Febrero. I also serve as Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, in the career of Image and Sound Design.

In IAGS, I’m a member of the Emerging Scholars Initiative; I was a member of the art committee in the Conferences of Buenos Aires (2011) and Siena (2013). Additionally, I am one of the moderators of the Facebook page of the association, providing news related to Latin America.

The theme of genocide concerns me not only for academic issues but also for family reasons: besides being grandson of survivors of the Shoah, I was born under the last military dictatorship in Argentina.

Currently, my main research interests are film, modes of representation of genocides and collective memory´s processes, articulating sociological theory with visual studies.

The aspects aforementioned provide me a perspective that is not limited on Latin America issues, but includes the articulation and comparison of the various genocidal practices around the world. This, I think, can be an interesting contribution to the Advisory Board of IAGS.