6th Global Conference on Genocide
Abstr. due: 15.03.2018
Dates: 04.07.18 — 07.07.18
Organizing comittee e-mail: [email protected]
Organizers: Aix-Marseille University
The International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) was founded in January 2005 in Berlin to provide genocide studies with a non-partisan forum through which to present research and analysis on any aspect of genocide as well as other forms of collective violence. Because genocide is a highly contested legal, historical, sociological and political concept, INoGS has, since its founding, maintained support of research-led analysis rather than politically-defined agendas.
The series of Global Conferences organized by INoGS since 2009 in Sheffield, Brighton, San Francisco, Cape Town and Jerusalem, have witnessed intensified scholarly engagement with a range of issues of fundamental importance to the field of genocide studies, including theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject, the legal and ethical bases upon which to approach episodes of extreme violence, as well as the need to develop more effective means of stopping and preventing mass violence globally.
For more than 70 years, following the seminal analysis developed by legal scholar Raphael Lemkin, academics, practitioners, and researchers from a variety of disciplines have addressed the issue of genocide and mass violence using a wide range of empirical and theoretical approaches to explore case studies throughout history. Interdisciplinary research across the humanities, legal and social sciences, as well as comparative approaches, have thus characterized genocide studies.
However, even if extreme violence is relevant to various medical fields such as psychology, psychiatry and forensic anthropology, dialogue with the humanities and social sciences has been slow to develop. The 6th Global Conference of INoGS, to be held at the Medical Faculty of Aix-Marseille University (France) on 4-7 July 2018, therefore seeks to open new avenues for research on extreme violence while stimulating interdisciplinary exchanges between the humanities, social, and medical sciences. The early detection and prevention of mass violence represents a global challenge for each and every one of these fields of knowledge.
This conference will thus seek to discuss various examples of past and contemporary mass crimes, delve into the causes as well as the short and long-term effects of genocidal processes, and foster dialogue between stakeholders who rarely exchange views.
The organizers invite proposals for papers, panels and roundtables on any aspect of genocide and mass crime. We are especially keen to receive proposals from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Scholars working on topics such as sexual violence, forced disappearances, torture, mass trauma, forced separation of children from their families, conflict resolution, and mediation initiatives are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. Presentations on recent experiences of mass violence, such as those in Syria, Darfur, Iraq, Mexico, Colombia, and Myanmar are expressly welcome. We encourage the submission of papers and panels on issues regarding violence contamination and containment processes. Another theme of particular interest is that of humanitarian intervention and the ethical challenges it poses.
Other topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
Symptoms and diagnoses
Individual cases or comparative analyses of genocide and mass violence
Colonialism and mass crime
Prevention of collective violence
Gendered violence, abduction and forced transfer of children from their families Mass trauma: voices of victims
Roles of perpetrators, bystanders and victims
Forensic architecture, satellite imagery and tools for detecting mass murder
Mass death and migration
International law, criminal tribunals, and the International Criminal Court
Humanitarian and military intervention
Mass exhumation and identification of victims
The repercussions of mass violence in both the short and long term
The politics of apology, reconciliation and restitution
Genocide denial, justifications and silences
Memorialization and commemoration of atrocities
Genocide, mass violence and the internet
Representations of genocide in literature, film, art, music and other media
Academic and educational practice within the field of genocide studies