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The Holocaust and Modern Genocide

Date:11 June 2010, 9:00am to
11 June 2010, 5:00pm
Location:10 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AH
Fee:Free, but advance registration

A One Day International Conference organised by The Wiener Library and Kingston University

The Wiener Library and Kingston University came together to organise an international conference entitled The Holocaust and Modern Genocide, which examined the way in which scholars of genocide write and think about the Holocaust now and its continuing relevance, as it recedes further into the past. This was stimulated by our earlier collaboration on the 2007 conference Teaching and Researching the Politics of Mass Murder and our shared interest in how the Holocaust is being incorporated into the historiography of genocide. Among the issues that the conference discussed were the extent to which the Holocaust remains or should remain central to our understanding of both the history and continuing threat of genocide, and how it can be understood in relation to other genocides past and present, perhaps particularly to those committed or facilitated by Western powers.

The key-note speaker was Professor Omer Bartov (John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and Professor of German Studies: History, Brown University), author of several major works on the Holocaust and genocide, including Mirrors of Destruction - War, Genocide and Modern Identity, (Oxford, 2000).

Papers were also be given by:
Professor Jacques Semelin (Senior Researcher in Political Science CERI-CNRS Editor in Chief of Center for International Studies and Research), and author of a major recent study of comparative genocide Purify and Destroy - The Political Uses of Massacre and Genocide(Hurst, 2007)

Professor Martin Shaw (Research Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex) and author of What is Genocide? (Polity, 2007)

Professor Marcello Flores (Professor of Contemporary and Comparative History, University of Siena), author of Tutta la Violenza di Un Secolo (Feltrinelli, 2005)

Professor Philip Spencer (Director of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence at Kingston University)

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