Forgotten Genocides: Silence, Memory, Denial

March 28-29, 2011
Rutgers University, Newark
Bergen Community College


Conference Hosts

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

Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation (CPJR)
Bergen Community College

This event is supported by the Bergen Community College Foundation and The Rutgers Newark Alumni Association

Conference poster
Conference program
Conference schedule

Conference Theme

When people think of genocide, certain cases remain exemplary, first and foremost the Holocaust. A perusal of book publications, course syllabi, and popular discourse suggests a cannon of cases: the Armenian genocide, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Darfur, the Holocaust, and Rwanda. Historically, however, there are many cases of genocide, ranging from mass killings in antiquity through the slaughter of indigenous peoples, which are rarely described as genocide if they are remembered at all. In other situations, largely forgotten genocides, such as the Armenian and Ukrainian cases, suddenly emerge into the foreground. Drawing on a range of these “forgotten genocides” as well as relevant bodies of theory, the participants in this interdisciplinary conference will explore both cases of forgotten genocide and the reasons for such forgettings as well as their occasional sudden remembrances. In exploring forgotten genocides, participants will also be concerned with examining issues of memory, representation, denial, truth, memorialization, generational transmission, state ideology and silencing, definition, and diaspora.