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Lemkin Award Event 2019 Highlights!

Lemkin Award Event 2019 Highlights

Celebrating the 2019 Lemkin Award Winner: Geoffrey Robinson 

(Left to Right) ISG Board Member and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, Lemkin Awardee 2019 Geoffrey Robinson, ISG President and Clinical Professor at New York University Joyce Apsel, ISG Executive Director and Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame Ernesto Verdeja 

Following his presentation, Robinson participated in a lively discussion with Professor Ernesto Verdeja, the Lemkin Committee Chair and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide (ISG).

For a written synopsis of key ides from the event, please visit the link below:

and please visit this link below for the recording of the event!

Opening presentation by Geoffrey Robinson

Discussion with Ernesto Verdeja (right) and Geoffrey Robinson (left), Question and Answer session with the audience 

Call for Papers! 2020 Rutgers Global Affairs Conference

by Lillian Hussong

Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs

Annual Global Affairs Conference


April 3, 2020

The Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs (DGA), and its student organization, Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA), will host the 2020 Global Affairs Conference on April 3, 2020 at Rutgers University – Newark. With its annual conference, SAGA seeks to provide a space of critical inquiry for graduate students and early career faculty. This year’s conference theme, “Global Politics in the Era of Climate Change,” aims to examine various aspects of global climate politics including the role of international agreements, civil society movements, indigenous communities, and state actors in addressing what can be argued is the existential challenge of our time. 

We are currently inviting abstracts for papers on the following and related topics in all aspects of global affairs: 

  • Climate change and insecurity (e.g., food, water, land, health policy, etc.)
  • Social movements / activism
  • Indigenous communities and climate change adaptation / resilience
  • Intergovernmental organizations and climate politics
  • Sustainable energy (e.g. carbon markets, solar, wind, etc.)
  • Resource depletion and access
  • Global environmental conflicts / climate change and conflict

The submission deadline for abstracts is Friday, January 10, 2020. Please submit an anonymous abstract of up to 400 words (in PDF or Word document form) to Please write your name and contact details in the email body and write “Paper Submission DGA Conference 2020” in the subject line. 

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Call for Papers! “Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples- The Case of the Americas and Australia/Pacific Region”

by Martha Stroud

Call for PapersInternational Conference
Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples –
The Case of the Americas and Australia/Pacific Region

October 12-14, 2020 (Monday – Wednesday)University of Southern California, Los Angeles

The organizers of the international conference “Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples – The Case of the Americas and Australia/Pacific Region” invite scholars and knowledge holders to submit proposals for papers, panels, posters, and alternative forms of presentation related to the theme of the conference. 

The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Indigenous Knowledge Institute of the University of Melbourne (Australia), will be hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and take place at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, which sits on the traditional land of the Tongva/Gabrieliño People. The conference will commence on October 12, 2020, Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  

The conference will provide a forum for leading and emerging scholars and knowledge holders from around the world to present groundbreaking research on the topics of genocide against Indigenous peoples (especially in North America, Latin America, and Australia/Pacific Region), the long-lasting impacts of mass violence on those communities, and their resistance, agency, and initiatives to effect change. The objective of the conference is to foster an international, interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue on these subjects, across a variety of historical, cultural, and geographic contexts. By convening international experts, preferably from Indigenous peoples, the conference will stimulate discovery and debate about the common dynamics, patterns, and features of colonial/postcolonial violence and its aftermath, as well as the specificities and unique factors that shaped the manifestations and effects of and reactions to that violence in each community. It also aims to shed light on lesser-known and under-researched instances and aspects of genocidal violence against Indigenous peoples. Contributions taking comparative approaches between violence against different Indigenous nations, tribes and communities, and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cases are also encouraged.

The conference will focus on cases of genocidal violence and its aftermath in contexts as diverse as genocide and mass violence against the Maya in Guatemala; Native Americans in the United States; Indigenous peoples in Canada; Aboriginal peoples in Australia; Maori in New Zealand, and others.

The organizers invite proposals on a range of subjects, including (but not limited to): 

1) Challenges to the traditional concept and definition of genocide, in light of the recognition of colonial genocides, and distinctions between genocide, war, mass violence and colonial expansion. 

2) Dimensions and impacts of cultural genocide, such as destruction of languages and cultural and religious practices; boarding and residential schools for Indigenous children; other measures of forced assimilation of children into non-Indigenous communities (such as the “sixties scoop” in Canada and Australia’s Stolen Generations); forced relocations of communities; the forced transfer of human remains, sacred cultural objects and artifacts to museums, research institutions and universities, and others. 

3) Intersections between colonial violence, gender and race. 

4) Long-lasting, trans-generational impacts of colonial violence, such as personal and collective trauma and manifestations of systemic and institutional racism against Indigenous peoples (restricted access to healthcare, education, and other resources; mass incarceration and high suicide rates; environmental racism and ecological destruction; gender-based violence, including the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2SLGBTQQIA, and others). 

5) Legal dimensions of past and contemporary Indigenous land claims and treaties between Indigenous nations and colonial states.

6) Forms of individual and collective resistance against mass violence and its lasting impact, including petitions, public protest and art.

7) Indigenous-centered pedagogies, healing practices, cultural expressions, storytelling, and testimony as ways of combating or addressing the legacies of colonial violence and systemic racism.

8) Return of land and other resources and the repatriation of human remains, sacred/cultural objects and artifacts from museums, research institutions, private collections and universities. 

9) Issues around cultural, political, and economic Indigenous resurgence, self-empowerment, and sovereignty.

Proposal submissions can be for fully constituted panels, individual papers, and posters. The organizers also encourage proposals for alternative forms and methods of presentation. 

panel proposal should consist of three papers and a respondent, or four papers and a moderator. It also should include a panel title, a brief description of the full session (up to 150 words), abstracts for each paper (up to 300 words each), and short biographical notes for each presenter (up to 150 words each). 

An individual paper proposal should include a title, an abstract (up to 300 words), and a short biographical note (up to 150 words). Those papers will be coordinated into panels by conference organizers. 

poster (or an alternative form of presentation) proposal should include a title, an abstract (up to 300 words), and a short biographical note for each participant (up to 150 words each).

The mandate of the conference stems from the recommendations of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The organizers particularly encourage and support the participation of Indigenous scholars, knowledge holders, and other members of communities that have been affected by colonial violence. 

In addition to keynote presentations and scholarly panels, the conference schedule will include cultural programming, such as film screenings, music and dance performances. 

The conference will be live-streamed, so that scholars and community members around the world can watch and participate via social media. Recordings of the conference will be available to watch online afterwards.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2020

To support presentations at the conference, funding for travel and accommodation is available upon request for selected scholars, knowledge holders, and members of affected communities who might not otherwise be able to attend (including junior scholars and scholars without university affiliation or from universities with inadequate resources).

Conference organizers: Lorena Fontaine (University of Winnipeg, Canada), Dorota Glowacka (University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada), Wolf Gruner, (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles), Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj (Guatemala/Stanford University), and Lyndon Ormond-Parker (University of Melbourne, Australia), who will serve as head of the conference’s subcommittee on repatriation. Conference organizers will be assisted by an advisory committee to be composed of Indigenous experts in the field.

Proposals should be submitted to All applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their participation in the conference by April 15, 2020. 

For further information, please contact:

The conference’s organizing committee is currently identifying strategic partners to contribute to funding, supporting, and promoting the conference. Interested parties are invited to contact the Center at

Access the Call for Papers online here.

Call for Papers! Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution

CfP: Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution 

by Johannes-Dieter Steinert

Call for Papers

Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution (deadline: 31 March 2020)

Seventh international multidisciplinary conference, to be held at Birkbeck, University of London, and The Wiener Holocaust Library, London, 6-8 January 2021

This conference is planned as a follow-up to the six successful conferences, which took place at Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and at Birkbeck, University of London, and The Wiener Holocaust Library in 2018. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.

The aim is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include – but are not limited to – Jews, Roma and Sinti, Slavonic peoples, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called ‘racially impure’, and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a ‘survivor’ is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis’ racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.

The organisers welcome proposals which focus on topics and themes of the ‘life after’, ranging from the experience of liberation to the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory and consciousness, and questions of theory and methodology. 

In response to recent scholarly debate and feedback we have received from the last conference, for this seventh conference we are keen to encourage in particular papers on:

– Victimhood and survival in changing public discourse

– The relationship between Holocaust education and education on antisemitism

– Histories of key concepts, e.g. ‘victims’, ‘survivors’

As previously, we also warmly welcome new research in the following areas:

– DPs in post-war Europe 

– Former forced labourers in central, east and south-east Europe

– Relief and rehabilitation

– Reception and resettlement

– Comparative experiences of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors

– Jewish returnees from the Soviet Union

– Literary representation of survival

– Survivors in ‘grey zones’, including kapos

– Soviet and other prisoners of war

– The legacy of euthanasia and medical experiments

– Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process

– Rescuers and liberators

– Child survivors

– Gender and survival

– Physical and psychological consequences

– Trials and justice

– Reparation and restitution

– Film, photography and other visual representations

– Memory and testimony

– Museums and memorials

– Archives and record-building

Panel proposals are welcome.

We particularly encourage early career scholars and PhD candidates to apply; and we are pleased to announce that the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund will support with travel grants a number of speakers who focus on Jewish survivors.

Please send an abstract of 200-250 words together with a biography of 50-100 words by 
31 March 2020 to Dieter Steinert:

All proposals are subject to a review process.

Fees: GBP85 for speakers. The fee includes admission to all panels and evening events, lunches and refreshments during the conference. Further information and registration details will be made available in due course.

The conference is being organised by:

Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museums, London

David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck, University of London

Christine Schmidt, The Wiener Holocaust Library, London

Toby Simpson, The Wiener Holocaust Library, London

Johannes-Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton

Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London

Call for Papers! Holocaust Memory and Education in the Digital Age

Call for Papers 

Special Edition of Holocaust Studies: Culture and History

‘Holocaust Memory and Education in the Digital Age’

Digital media are playing an increasing role in Holocaust memory and education. These include digital mapping projects like, VR representations of former concentration and death camps, such as the one of Sobibór, viewable at Camp Vught in The Netherlands, interactive online archives that give researchers and learners the skills necessary to interpret documents at the Arolsen Archives (International Tracing Service), and 3-dimensional and holographic survivor talks in the US and UK. This special edition seeks to take stock of the wide range of digital projects in these fields and to consider the impact, challenges and potentials of such technologies for the future of Holocaust memory and education. 

Given the increasing presence of Neo-Nazi, alt-right and Holocaust denial rhetoric in online spaces, and debates about the corporate responsibility of organisations like Google and Facebook, and platforms such as 4Chan and 8Chan, it seems particularly timely to address the roles digital technology can play in informing cultural and collective memory of the Holocaust and educating about this past. These issues raise a multitude of questions that we invite potential contributors to explore, including but not limited to:

  • To what extent do digital Holocaust memory and education projects reiterate historical (pre-digital) practices of memorialisation, museology and pedagogy?
  • To what extent can digital practices disrupt traditional ways of remembering and educating about the Holocaust? What are the challenges and opportunities of such disruptions, should they exist?
  • Do digital technologies raise new questions regarding the ethics of Holocaust representation?
  • What role can social media platforms and other digital forms play in democratizing Holocaust memory and education?
  • How do algorithmic and surveillance capitalism risk complicating efforts for informed Holocaust education and memory?
  • What are/should be/ could be the priorities of Holocaust memory and education for the future, through the use of digital technologies?
  • Do we indeed really need digital technologies to help us to teach about and to remember the Holocaust?
  • Is it the responsibility of those working in Holocaust museums, memorialisation and education to tackle digital forms of contemporary hate crime, antisemitism and Holocaust denial?  If so, how might such fights be mobilised in productive ways? If not, whose responsibility is it?
  • What are the limitations of different digital technologies and projects in the context of Holocaust memory and education?
  • How does the digital open up new spaces for Holocaust memory and education, with new audiences? 
  • How do the tensions between techno-utopia, technological determinism and techno-scepticism play out in Holocaust memory and education?
  • How do digital technologies offer potentials for radically rethinking our definitions of the Holocaust memorial, Holocaust memorial museums, and Holocaust education?

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words with a clear title and author biograph (or no more than 100 words) to Victoria Grace Walden at: 20th November 2019. Completed articles of 8,000 – 10,000 words should be submitted by the end of March 2020.

Call for Doctoral Applications: Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University

Type: Fellowship

Date: January 15, 2020

Location: Massachusetts, United States

Subject Fields: Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. seeks applications to its doctoral program in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. Applications from any country are welcome.

The Center is a forum for education and scholarship about the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other genocides around the world. Dedicated to teaching, research, and public service, the Center trains the Holocaust historians and genocide studies scholars of the future—the next cadre of professors, teachers, Holocaust museum directors and curators, and non-governmental organization and government agency experts-about genocide and genocidal situations. Our interdisciplinary faculty strength now includes the expertise of professors in eight departments.

The deadline for applications to the Holocaust History and Genocide Studies program is 15 January 2020.  Further information and the application are online: 

Doctoral students receive a full tuition subvention and fellowship support in the form of an annual living stipend and research bursary throughout the five years of the Ph.D. program. Questions may be directed to chgs@clarku.eduor Thomas Kühne, Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Graduate Studies, Clark University, 950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610, U.S.A.,
 Contact Info: 

tkuehne@clarku.eduContact Email: mrein@clarku.eduURL:

Call for Papers: Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust XVI

The Holocaust: Rethinking Paradigms in Research and Representation

7-10 November 2020 (Saturday-Tuesday)

Ottawa, Canada

Carleton University and University of Ottawa

The Sixteenth Biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference, sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, and hosted by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada, invites scholars to submit proposals for papers, panels, posters, workshops, and seminars. Proposals should relate to recent issues and advances in Holocaust scholarship and pedagogy and conform broadly to the conference theme, “The Holocaust: Rethinking Paradigms in Research and Representation.” We welcome submissions that utilize various methodologies and perspectives. Proposals from disciplines in addition to history are strongly encouraged.

What does it mean to develop conceptual paradigms relating to the Holocaust? From its etymological roots, “paradigm” denotes patterns, models, precedents, and examples. How might existing paradigms for understanding, representing, and teaching about the Holocaust benefit from re-examination and reformulation in light of new sources, interpretive methods, and interdisciplinary approaches and conversations? To what extent can debates in the study of the Holocaust pertaining (but not limited) to modernity, colonialism, antisemitism, racial and gender discrimination, and sexual violence, as well as conceptions of trauma, memory, testimony, and representation, connect the Holocaust to discussions of nationalism, imperialism, and mass atrocity  more broadly? In what ways can experiences of the Holocaust constructively be invoked to call attention to human rights crises? What are the limits and perils of invoking such experiences? This conference aims to deepen our understanding of the Holocaust by recognizing that the uniqueness and specificities of the Holocaust should neither prohibit nor be lost in the process of drawing historical analogies. Holding the conference in Canada also offers an opportunity to think anew about specific lessons of the Holocaust for criminal acts against indigenous populations.

Submission Deadline: 1 December 2019

Conference sessions include several formats, as outlined below. Submissions should clearly indicate one of these formats.

Conference Panels will consist of three to four papers and a moderator. Conference chairs will consider individual proposals and organize them as panels. Paper proposals should include a title and abstract (up to 300 words) and a 1-2 page CV. Proposals for full panels should additionally include a panel title and brief description of the full session (up to 300 words).

Posters should communicate research questions, findings, and importance, each succinctly using text and graphics on a single 2’x 4’ poster. Poster proposals should include title and abstract (up to 300 words) and a 1-2 page CV. Poster sessions are an opportunity for advanced graduate students to present and receive feedback on their research.

Workshops consisting of one or two presenters should focus on particular questions, approaches or sources. Workshops are intended to be interactive and practical, highlighting (for example) a new pedagogical approach or research question or method; curricular innovations; or creative ways to examine and interpret artifacts or texts both in research and the classroom. Conference organizers will prioritize proposals centered on participation and discussion.

Seminars 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. Participants will access a common syllabus of readings and 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. If you are interested in proposing a seminar, submit an abstract (up to 350 words) that describes a compelling case for the why this particular issue should be explored. Once a seminar is accepted, conference attendees may apply to the seminar as presenters (9-12 papers accepted). Participants will be determined by the seminar organizer in consultation with a conference co-chair. Seminar papers must be available to post by 1 September 2020.

To the extent possible, financial assistance for conference presenters will be provided. Priority is given to graduate students, faculty at teaching-oriented colleges not offering research support, and foreign scholars with unusually high travel costs. Instructions for funding applications will be posted once the conference program is finalized.

Co-chairs of the academic program: Professor Jennifer Evans (Carleton University) and Professor Noah Shenker (Monash University)

Workshop and poster coordinator: Professor Gary Weissman (University of Cincinnati)

Co-hosts: Professor Jennifer Evans (Carleton University) and Professor Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa)

All proposals should be submitted online using the Lessons and Legacies Proposal Submission Form. Questions should be directed to

Applicants will be informed in February 2020 regarding inclusion in the conference program. 

Call for Papers: Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network

Dear all,

This is a friendly reminder that we are still accepting abstracts for the 8th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network entitled “Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue In Post-Conflict Settings”. Deadline to submit is August 1, 2019. The conference will take place on December 12-14, 2019 at Columbia University, New York. CfP is here:
Please share this call with all your relevant networks and we apologize if you already received this call or submitted the paper (we hope to review all by mid-August). To attend the conference, please register HERE.

We also invite applications for 2020 Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship program through January 31, 2020: 

Thank you,

Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network

Call for Papers! Citizens and Subjects in the Italian Colonies: Legal Constructions, Social Practices and the International Context (1882-1943) (Naples, 20-21 June 2019)

Type: Call for PapersDate: February 28, 2019Location: ItalySubject Fields: African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Italian History / Studies, Law and Legal History

Call for Papers

Citizens and Subjects in the Italian Colonies:

Legal Constructions, Social Practices and the International Context (1882-1943)

Naples, 20-21 June 2019

The Department of Social Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, the Department of Historical Studies of the Università degli Studi di Milano, together with the project PRIN-2015 “War and citizenship. Redrawing the boundaries of citizenship in the First World War and its aftermath” organize a Workshop to be held on 20-21 June, in Naples (Italy). This workshop seeks to bring together scholars of citizenship in the Italian colonial context and aims at inserting the Italian experience in a broad comparative frame.

Colonialism is based not only upon the exclusion of the indigenous people but also – and particularly – on the differential inclusion of those same people. Colonial governments in different moments and with different juridical and administrative tools tried to manage relationships with individuals, social groups and preexisting power in order to impose political order, exploit resources, and legitimize their sovereignty’s claims. In most cases, the colonial governments recognized part of the demands coming from the native society and did not act like a stone-breaker state. The inclusion of the colonial subjects in positions that would certify their subaltern status would supply the administration with an adequate instrument to establish and maintain the colonial domination, building a political space organized according to different rights regimes and degrees of belonging.

The politics of citizenship and subjecthood must be set against this background. For the powers, like Italy, which had it, citizenship was a legal device that defined the relationship between the individual and the state. It was also, on the one hand, a tool to trace clear boundaries between colonizers and colonized people, and on the other an instrument to obtain loyalty and collaboration, generally held elements essential for the good implementation of the colonial administration. The opposition colonizers/dominated people, therefore, is not sufficient to describe the complexity of the colonial environment. In the colonial political space, gray zones, collaboration, negotiation, and subaltern strategies came into play and shaped the politics of citizenship.

The policies of citizenship reflected and embodied the ideas on nation and race that were in play both in the metropole and in the colonial society. In the Italian experience, diverse – and sometimes contrasting – policies of citizenship took place alongside the elaboration of categories, such as that of sudditanza, derived from the French sujétion, and institutions, like the cittadinanza speciale libica.

The workshop seeks to investigate policies of citizenship through the lenses of the international and inter-imperial connections, adopting a comparative approach in the period comprised between the beginnings of the Italian colonial enterprise and its demise. It also intends to pay particular attention to the impact of the WWI on the notion and practices of citizenship in colonial contexts, during the war and in its aftermath.

We invite the submission of papers dealing with the following aspects:

  • the construction of legal categories and their links and interactions with other colonial cases
  • the position of colonial subjects, in connection with racial conceptions
  • the history of the different kinds of ‘special’ colonial citizenship as an intermediate category between the full citizenship and the subjecthood
  • the social and administrative practices of requesting and approving/denying the full citizenship
  • the citizenship’s regimes of women and mixed-blood children
  • the subaltern strategies of belonging
  • the position of colonial settlers and their relationship both with the colonial power and the indigenous people
  • the change of legal and political paradigms between the liberal age and Fascism
  • the status and social practices of minorities in colonial contexts, like for example the Jews in Libya or the Armenians in Ethiopia
  • politics of citizenship in wartime and its aftermath

Paper proposals (in English or Italian) of a maximum length of 2.000 characters, accompanied by a short biographical sketch and list of the author’s main publications, should be submitted by mail at by 28 February. Authors will hear back from the conference organization by 31 March.

The organization will cover travel and accommodation expenses. For travels from non-European countries, funding is limited and determined on a case by case basis.

Scientific Committee:

Simona Berhe (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Daniela L. Caglioti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

Giacomo Demarchi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Olindo De Napoli (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)Contact Info: Olindo De Napoli, PhDDipartimento di Scienze SocialiUniversità di Napoli Federico IIvico Monte di Pietà 1 – 80138 Napolitel. +39 081 2532199Contact Email: olindo.denapoli@unina.itURL:


Call for Papers! 2019 Mellon Conference

Traversing the Gap: Relevance as a Transformative Force at Sites of Public Memory
June 19–21, 2019

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is pleased to announce the second Andrew W. Mellon Conference, which will be titled, “Traversing the Gap: Relevance as a Transformative Force at Sites of Public Memory,” and will be held on June 19–21, 2019.

As time passes between the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the present, efforts to engage the public in the process of constructing and making sense of the events, as well as their relationship to them, becomes increasingly difficult. Time distances visitors and those who work on memory-related initiatives from communal traumas and the historic sites that commemorate them, interfering with processes of understanding and empathy. Due to this phenomenon, our conference explores the concept of “relevance,” as a state of staying connected to a particular communal trauma in order to educate, foster growth, and encourage empathy. In such a way, memorials, museums, and historic sites become not only places of honoring victims but also places that support transformation at the individual and cultural levels.

Located in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the conference will be an interdisciplinary exploration of “relevance.” According to some scholars and museum professionals, relevance is an internal, cognitive process that activates prior knowledge or helps witnesses identify commonalities between their personal histories and the histories of those victimized or affected by historical violence. This process of activation can be a socially mediated experience, occurring in interactions within people and communities (Nielsen, 2014).

Not everyone agrees, however, on this understanding of relevance. Some museum professionals and theorists prefer to call the approach outlined above as “familiarity,” and instead define relevance as an unleashing of new modes and understandings among audiences who may not initially identify with the content or setting (Simon, 2016). In this sense, sites of public memory invite visitors into an encounter with narratives that have the potential to transform the self and relations with others (Ellsworth, 2005). Within memorial and museum environments, audiences confront histories and lives radically different from their lived experiences. Opportunities arise for awareness, new learning, and activism across gaps of time and social location, such as race, gender, ability, and sexuality (Hooper-Greenhill, 2007; Rose, 2016; Simon, 2014). Regardless of the tactics or the pathways in which relevance emerges for audiences, we take interest in relevance as an endeavor to make sense of life events and the self, as the thinking and feeling undertaken to better understand the present world and the recent past.

Paper and workshop proposals are encouraged to explore this issue of relevance, examining the cultural institutions, educational interventions, theoretical models, archives, bodies, and texts that contend with cultivating connectivity, interaction, and meaningful engagement with a wide range of audiences. Central questions for inquiry include:

  • How do sites of public memory both consider and cultivate “relevance” in their audiences?
  • What kinds of theoretical models are needed to frame and analyze relevance at sites of public memory?
  • What strategies do these sites use to understand their audiences? How do these understandings drive content or exhibitions at the site?

We invite paper and panel proposals from scholars, practitioners, museum professionals, and graduate students who can speak to the conference theme. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and CV to the conference organizers (Drs. Stephanie Arel and Cathlin Goulding) at by December 31, 2018.

Panel proposals should include an additional abstract for the theme of the panel. Some financial assistance will be available to help offset the cost of attendance. Selected papers may be included in a follow-up edited volume.

Featured Keynotes include:

  • Dr. Adam Brown, Faculty of Pyschology and Director of Sarah Lawrence College’s Cognition and Emotion Laboratory
  • Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, Associate Professor of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago & Director of the National Public Housing Museum
  • Karen Till, Professor of Geography at Maynooth University & Director of the Mapping Spectral Traces Network

2019 Mellon Conference

Call for Papers! Social Practice of Human Rights Conference 2019

Going Against the Grain: October 1-4, 2019

2019 marks 30 years since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of an era pregnant with promise and potential for human rights, democracy, and global governance. While the world has seen substantial progress, we are facing the potential of a profoundly dystopian future instead of the utopia of our dreams.

Global capitalism drives widening and deepening inequalities. Its dependence on natural resource extraction and exploitation is hastening ecological collapse. Authoritarianism and populism have risen from the rubble of liberalism’s inability to deliver on its pledges. Technology, once promoted as a panacea for transnational boundary breaking and democratization, further empowers the powerful to reshape politics and upend notions of privacy, social life, information, employment, and even biology.

The forces originally designed to lift up the marginalized, level the playing field, confine power, and ensure accountability have been weaponized and turned against society. Critics have questioned the relevance of the human rights field in countering these trends; they have alleged that the movement suffers from neocolonialist tendencies and unfettered reliance on existing economic and political systems. These dynamics have caused a sense of crisis within the human rights community, prompting extensive self-examination and efforts to affirm its legitimacy and counter high-profile critiques.

Now is the time for creativity and innovation to confront these systemic challenges with an ambition commensurate to their scale and scope.  How can and should the human rights movement shape itself in the future to understand and address such complex risks and structural transformations? What kind of strategic directions —  from reform-oriented to radical — should be analyzed and considered? Which approaches, tools, and spaces are emerging as critical? What novel ones should be cultivated? What are the risks in doing so?

In this spirit, the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton will convene the 2019 Social Practice of Human Rights (SPHR) conference to address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.”

Submissions are welcome on topics that address themes and their intersections including:
  • Eco-economic transformation: emphasis on intersectional inequality, redistributive models, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability and climate justice.
  • Technological transformation: the implications and promise of artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, technology-based innovation, and the role of digital freedom.
  • Social and political transformation: the power of social movements; civic and feminist mobilization; the role of theater, art, and cultural expressions of human rights; and the inclusion, protection, and resourcing  of social movements, activists, and advocates. 

We especially encourage workshops, roundtables, and panels that place scholars and practitioners in constructive dialogue with one another. 

Limited travel support is available to practitioners and presenters from the Global South, as well as graduate students, junior scholars, and contingent faculty with financial need.

Proposals/paper submissions must contain:
  • A title
  • An abstract of 300 or fewer words
  • A biographical statement (no more than 200 words) for each author, including name, title, and institution/organization affiliation.

Please submit a proposal by June 1, 2019.

Submitters will be notified of the status of their proposals by June 1, 2019.

Registration begins June 1, 2019 and accepted submitters will need to register by June 21, 2019 to be included in the program.

All presenters must submit their SPHR19 paper (e.g. academic paper, report, manuscript, concept note) in its entirety to the Human Rights Center via email to by September 1, 2019.

SPHR 2019 Conference

Call for Papers! Historical Dialogues Network Conference 2019


8th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network
Columbia University
New York City
December 12-14, 2019

Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: June 20, 2019

Prevention activism—that is, the effort to record, acknowledge, address and redress the violent past— seeks to counter nationalist myths and identities that are central ingredients of ethnic and political violence. Its goal is to deny the propensity for the future escalation of violence by acknowledging the role that the misuse of history has played in dividing societies. In other words, by enhancing public discussions about the past, prevention activism has become a central part of the efforts in post-conflict societies, as well as in democratic societies, to come to terms with their violent past.

This conference seeks to explore activities that can be defined as “prevention activism”, and their academic analysis. What forms do projects and initiatives take to address past violence, and what impact have they had? These projects often range from civil society initiatives, to government-instated commissions, to the work of international bodies. We are particularly interested in the study of how a specific body has worked to address past violence. Other topics include evaluating the success and failures of such initiatives; exploring the challenges faced by prevention activism; understanding the ways in which pressures, from funding resources to political developments, affect, suppress or inform activism.

Prevention activism and the ways in which it has been implemented on the ground inspired the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (, and papers that take up this resource, or a discussion of the projects mapped therein are also welcome.

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (, which is coordinated by an international Steering Committee, the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, will hold its annual conference on December 12-14, 2019 at the Columbia University in New York City, USA.

In addition to papers that specifically address prevention activism, priority will be given to papers that explore the relationship between memory (individual, societal or international) and historical dialogue, and empirical approaches to historical dialogue, with a particular focus on the issue of the efficacy of justice, accountability and reconciliation mechanisms.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail a 300-500 word abstract, a 2-3 sentence bio, and contact information to email: no later than June 20th, 2019. The documents should be sent in a single e-mail attachment. The conference is open to the scholars and activists from around the world. The conference language is English, no translation available. There is no conference registration fee, and no funding for participation is provided. Applications for panels or roundtables are also welcome.

Panel Submissions
Panels consist of a chair and 3-4 panelists. Panelists should plan to speak for 15 minutes each; the chair is expected to start the panel in a timely manner, to introduce each panelist, to ensure that speakers keep to their allotted time, and to moderate the Q and A. Panelists are not asked to circulate their papers in advance. If you are interested in submitting a panel, please provide a title for the panel and a brief overview of the theme or question that the panel will explore. Participants should also provide a title and abstract for their presentation. They should also include a brief, 2-3 sentence bio and their contact information. These materials should be submitted as a single document to email:

Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel. If you are interested in submitting a roundtable abstract, please include the title of the roundtable, a description (300-500 words) of the issue or question to be discussed, and a list of participants with a brief bio for each person listed, including contact information for each participant. These materials should be submitted as a single document to email

CFP Historical Dialogues 2019 Conference

call for abstracts: edited volume “The Ethics of Action: Conflict Transformation, Peace, and Human Rights”

“The Ethics of Action: Conflict Transformation, Peace, and Human Rights”

edited by
Douglas Irvin-Erickson
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego School of
Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Ernesto Verdeja
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Book Scope and Rationale:

Peace studies and peacebuilding have cultivated a strong sense of
professional ethics to guide practice. However, the field of ethical
practice in peace studies and peacebuilding has mainly focused on the
ethical dilemmas of specific interventions as actions, particularly as
it relates to the intended or unintended outcomes of interventions.
Less well understood are the ethics of leadership, the ethics of
decision-making, and the enduring dilemmas that practitioners face in
the course of their everyday work.

This volume convenes distinguished and emerging scholars and
scholar-practitioners to critically examine the state of the field in
ethical practice and the ethics of practice. This effort will consider
questions of theory and experience as well as enduring puzzles that
have no clear solutions. The volume is intended to deepen scholarship
on ethics in international and global studies, peace and conflict
studies, peace and justice studies, peace studies, human rights, and
other related fields; enhance the impact of scholarship on practice;
enhance feedback from practice to scholarship; and to develop the
field of ethics in a way that can inform the work of practitioners,
advocates, and peacemakers.

Possible issues to explore in a given field of practice include (but
are not limited to):

-Avoiding co-optation;
-Balancing donor demands with local integrity;
-Deciding how to formulate, prioritize, and change goals, especially
in shifting contexts;
-Navigating between competing goals and balancing tactics with strategy;
-Developing influence: including material, institutional, discursive;
and coercive;
-Interpreting and applying abstract values in rapidly changing circumstances;
-Navigating tradeoffs between peace and justice, and vice-versa;
-Operationalizing positive peace without compromising democracy;
-Enabling conflict systems to stabilize without meaningful transformation;
-Conducting urgently-needed research with integrity;
-Any other wicked hard problems faced by practitioners of conflict resolution,
peacebuilding, human rights, and collective action.

The chapters should be rooted in scholarship on ethics—whether
academic or applied—in light of critical and relevant cases. Chapters
should also go beyond extant research to examine the practical
opportunities and challenges raised by decision-making dilemmas.
Concrete examples are welcome; however, the chapter arguments should
have broader applicability than a single case study, and should
clearly identify the main contributions to ethical leadership.

Instructions for Submission:
Interested contributors should e-mail Douglas Irvin-Erickson with 300
word abstracts before February 1, 2019 (

Abstracts will be reviewed by the co-editors in the first week of
February, and responses will be emailed to contributors in the middle
of February.

Completed chapters are expected in June, 2019. The co-editors have
begun reaching out to presses, with a formal prospectus that will be
pitched at the International Studies Association meeting in March 2019
in Toronto. The co-editors have received positive responses on the
book concept from top-tier university press publishers.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be around 300 words, and clearly outline the
problems, theories, experiences, or puzzles the chapter will consider.

Chapter Guidelines

We are planning an engaging and readable volume. Accepted
contributions will expect to be short (no longer than 5,000 words
long) and snappy (sharp and provocative interventions, rather than
reviews of conventional ideas).

Please prepare manuscripts in Chicago intext citations with a bibliography.

New issue of online journal Peace Policy, on mass atrocities prevention.

The new online issue of Peace Policy is devoted to mass atrocities prevention. This special section is guest edited by ISG Executive Director, Ernesto Verdeja, and includes contributions from George Lopez (Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame) and Adam Lupel (International Peace Institute).
Available here:

ISG joins the Alliance Against Genocide

The Institute for the Study of Genocide has formally joined the Alliance Against Genocide, an international network of over fifty nongovernmental human rights organizations and scholarly research centers. The Alliance is committed to creating the necessary political will to prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities through coalition building, consciousness raising and advocacy work.

ISG’s 2017 Lemkin Book Award Ceremony on October 17, 2017

The 2017 Lemkin Book Award Ceremony honoring ‘An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe’ by Benjamin Madley will be held on October 17, 2017 at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights in New York City. Professor Madley will give a lecture followed by a discussion. This is a free public event. More information available on our events page.

Ernesto Verdeja is appointed as the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide

The Board of the Institute for the Study of Genocide (ISG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ernesto Verdeja as its Executive Director. Ernesto is Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Board of the ISG and is Chair of the Lemkin Book Award Committee.

Ernesto earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science (political theory) from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His research focuses on large-scale political violence (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations.

Ernesto is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence and a number of articles and chapters in genocide studies, transitional justice and political theory. He is also coeditor of volumes on peacebuilding and social movements, the field of genocide studies, and the international politics of genocide prevention. He has also served on the board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

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.

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