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Commemoration of 20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide, Kigali. [UN]
New ISG Board Members

The Institute for the Study of Genocide is delighted to announce the addition of two new board members, Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum and Douglas Irvin-Erickson. Professor Getgen Kestenbaum is an attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she also directs the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic and is Faculty Director of the Cardozo Law Institute on Holocaust and Human Rights. Her research focuses on genocide and mass atrocities prevention, the protection of vulnerable populations, and accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Professor Douglas Irvin-Erickson is Assistant Professor and Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, with research interests in the prevention of genocide and other forms of mass violence, international justice, and peace studies. More information on them can be found here.

Call for Papers for the upcoming IAGS conference, July 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Call for Papers for the upcoming IAGS conference, July 2017, Brisbane, Australia

The IAGS conference is open to any whose work connects with the study of genocide. We welcome scholars, activists, artists and survivors to examine genocidal violence from a wide range of disciplines and approaches.

The 2017 theme is ‘Justice and the Prevention of Genocide’ (please see the attached PDF flyer for more details on the Call for Papers). The conference website is: The call for papers link is: Please note that the deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016.

On the website, you will find information about coming to Brisbane, the venue (the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland), and information on how to submit your abstract. We welcome panels and suggestions for workshops also (please see the CFP link).

Some of our confirmed keynote speakers include:

· Prof. Alex Bellamy (head of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect)

· Prof. Robert Cribb (expert on cases of genocide in Southeast Asia, from the Australian National University)

· Prof. Lyndall Ryan (expert on the genocide of indigenous peoples in Australia, from Newcastle University)

· Mr. William Smith, AM (Deputy Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia), and

· Dr. Pheobe Wynn-Pope (Directory, IHL and Movement Relations, the Australian Red Cross).

Information will also be made available soon about registrations and scholarships. If you have any questions, please get in touch! Email:


Dr Melanie O’Brien and Dr Annie Pohlman (co-convenors)


Call for papers “Remembrance and Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence”

Call for chapter abstract submissions for a book titled, “Remembrance and Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence,” to be published by Central European University Press in 2018. The book seeks to examine memory and forgiveness in the post-Holocaust era. Editors are Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic and Laura Kromják. Contact Laura Kromják at for more information. 

Lemkin Book Award Recipient Peter Balakian is named 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Peter Balakian, recipient of the 2005 Lemkin Book Award for The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, has been named winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his collection Ozone Journal. Congratulations to Peter! For more information, go here.

In Honor of Sheri P. Rosenberg (1967-2015)

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Sheri Rosenberg in Philadelphia on May 22, 2015. Sheri served as Executive Director of ISG; and before that as a Member of the Board.  The last two Lemkin Award Ceremonies were held at Cardozo Law School under her auspices.

Sheri was remarkable in her ability to pull together different groups of people and networks working toward issues of justice and human rights. She developed the clinic at Cardozo Law School on the Holocaust and Human Rights and held a series of  path breaking international conferences there.

Our sympathy is extended to her husband Gregg Kantner and three small children and to her entire family. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Joyce Apsel, President of ISG
Helen Fein, Chair of the Board