Critical Genocide Studies Symposium (Spring 2011)

 

Critical Genocide Studies
Reflections from the Raphael Lemkin Archives
 

Tuesdays, April 2011
6:00-8:30pm

Dana Room
4th Floor, Dana Library
Rutgers University, Newark

Symposia Hosts

Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGCHR)
Rutgers University, Newark

Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA)
Rutgers University, Newark

Symposia Theme

In this series of four interconnected symposia, students from the "Critical Genocide Studies" graduate seminar present original research based on or inspired by the Raphael Lemkin archives in New York City. Lemkin, who coined the term genocide in 1943 and later worked tirelessly for the promulgation and later ratification of the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, is widely considered the "father of genocide studies." He also taught at the Rutgers-Newark School of Law for one year in the 1950s. While there has been a resurgence of interest in Lemkin, his archives, which include letters, newspaper clippings, an autobiography, and a history of genocide, among other things, remain underexamined. The papers in this symposium help address this lack of research by exploring Lemkin's work in relation to such topics as colonialism, slavery, prevention, and cases past and present.

Location/Information

Rutgers University, Newark
Dana Room 
4th Floor, Dana Library
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
University Information: 973-353-1766
Directions
Visitor Parking
Newark Cab: 973-643-4100 (other taxis)
 

Symposia Schedule

April 5

 

Symposium I: The UN Genocide Convention: Lemkin's Seed for Genocide Prevention 
Chair: Elena Lesley (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)

P. T. Rose (Genocide Studies, Rutgers University, U.S.)
A Forgotten Massacre? Seeking Justice for Political Groups

Joya H. Clark (Urban Education, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Raphael Lemkin's Perspective on the Genocide of African Americans in the United States:Evidence from the Archives

Doug Irvin (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Lemkin's Romanticism

Binneh S. Minneh (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Theorizing Mass Killing in Darfur: A Comparative Analysis with Rwanda Using Lemkin's Theories

 

April 12

 

Symposium II: The Cultural Lens of Critical Genocide Studies 
Chair: Joya H. Clark (Urban Education, Rutgers University, U.S.)

Gina O’Melia (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
The Nature of the Victim and Its Ramifications on Persecution: A Comparative Case Study of the Genocides of the Zoroastrians and the Orthodox Serbs

Kristin Hutchinson (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
I Have a Rose to Tend: Raphael Lemkin, Genocide Studies, and the Power of Creative Works

Jolanta Lisowski (Global Affairs, Kassel University University, Germany)
There and Back Again: The Shift between Genocide and Discrimination illustrated by the case of the Roma in Europe

Joanna Cichon (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Pioneers of Genocide Studies: What do their Early Experiences tell us about the State of our Education System Today?

 

April 19

 

Symposium III: The Dark Side of Progress
Chair: Joanna Cichon (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)

Elena Lesley (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Cultural Impairment and the Genocidal Potential of Intoxicants

Victoria Grippe (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Reexamining the Case of King Leopold's Congo through Raphael Lemkin's Research and Ideology of Genocide

Abdullah Sherzad (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Modernity, Religion and Genocide: The Struggle for Afghanistan's Future

Samphors Huy (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
The UN Genocide Convention and its Prevention

 

April 26

 

Symposium IV: Identity, Ideology, and the Politics of Genocide
Chair: Victoria Grippe (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)

Ashlie Perry (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Terrorism as Genocide?: Killing with "Intent"

Monica Alava (Political Science, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Lemkin's Experience with Social Entrepreneurship and Anti-Genocide Legislation

Meho Buljubasic (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Nationalism and Identity Issue in a case of Bosnian Genocide

Jeff Benvenuto (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, U.S.)
Recalling North America's Forgotten Legacy of Destruction: Raphael Lemkin and the Genocidal Process