Lemkin Scholarship Program in Armenian Genocide Studies

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute announces 2014 LEMKIN SCHOLARSHIP program for foreign students and PhD candidates. Raphael Lemkin scholarship is intended to enable foreign students, who specialize in genocide studies, especially in the Armenian Genocide, to visit Armenia for a month to conduct research in local scientific institutions and libraries.

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will provide researchers possibility to carry out their research in AGMI, including necessary research materials and consultation.

The deadline for application is on 15 December, 2013. The winner will be selected by the Scientific Council of the AGMI on 25 December, 2013.

The beginning of the scholarship program is on 1 January, 2014. Winners are free to select a month within 2014 except January, February and December. Continue reading

Investigative Interviewing Through an Interpreter Workshop

Workshop at Aston University on Thursday 19th December: “Investigative Interviewing through an Interpreter”, targeted specifically at police officers and legal professionals. In the light of the EU Directive which recently came into force in October 2013, there will be new obligations for police officers to provide quality interpreting as well as translation services. This year we will be performing role plays with experienced interpreters to demonstrate and highlight how interviewing through an interpreter is a complex activity which requires specialised training. Speakers for the day will include Dr Krzysztof Kredens, Dr Yvonne Fowler and Dr Nicci MacLeod.
Contact: John Pollard
Centre Administrator
Centre for Forensic Linguistics
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET

CfP: How Objective Can Judges Be: Legal Rule, Evidence, Narratives, Society

14-16 May 2014; University of Antwerp, Belgium.

The academic workshop will investigate how sound, objective and ethically informed judgments can be reached in the courtroom, balancing the influence of the judge (the working of the legal profession, the role of rhetoric and language, etc.), with the input of new scientific methods, the influence of other actors (the attitude of the parties, their lawyers, experts and their aura of irrefutability, …) and the socio-political context (political responsibility, social pressure, media influence, …). Continue reading

CfP: Third International Graduate Students’ Conference on Genocide Studies

The State of Research 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide

The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University will host the Third International Graduate Students’ Conference on Genocide Studies on 9 -11 April 2015, in cooperation with the Danish Institute for International Studies, Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Copenhagen. The conference will provide a forum for doctoral students to present their research projects to peers and established scholars. The keynote speaker will be Professor Eric Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History at the City College of New York.

This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Genocide Studies research. The keynote address and a focus on papers that explore the Armenian Genocide are planned in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the events of 1915. Papers that put the Armenian Genocide in a broader perspective and examine the concept of Ottoman Genocide carried out against minority ethnic-religious groups, including Assyrians and Greeks, are especially encouraged. Topics may include forceful mass–deportations, expulsions, and massacres during the late Ottoman period. We also invite pertinent applications from students working on the Holocaust as well as those who focus on genocides in Africa, Asia, Australia, and America as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides. Continue reading

Call for Nominations: The Lemkin Book Award

Institute for the Study of Genocide

The Institute for the Study of Genocide’s Lemkin Book Award honors Raphael
Lemkin, the originator of the concept of genocide and first exponent of a
United Nations Genocide Convention. The biennial award recognizes the best
non-fiction book published in English or translated into English that
focuses on explanations of genocide, crimes against humanity, state mass
killings and gross violations of human rights, and strategies to prevent
such crimes and violations. Edited volumes, memoirs, poetry, fiction and
drama are excluded.
The award consists of a citation and honorarium, and the winner is invited
to deliver a public address in New York at a meeting convened by the
Institute for the Study of Genocide.

The 2015 award cycle covers books published in 2013 and 2014. We are now
accepting nominations for books published in the 2013 calendar year
(January 1st-December 31, 2013).


Prior to sending books please contact Lemkin Award Committee Chair,
Professor Ernesto Verdeja at everdeja@nd.edu to confirm their eligibility.


The current (2013) award winner is:
Yang Jisheng, “Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962” (Farrar,
Straus and Giroux, 2012).

Previous winners are:
2011: Emma Gilligan “Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of
Civilians in War” (Princeton, 2009)
2009: Darius Rejali “Torture and Democracy” (Princeton, 2007)
2007: Donald Bloxham “The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism,
and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians” (Oxford, 2005)
2005: Peter Balakian “The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and
America’s Response” (Harper Collins, 2003)
2003: Samantha Power “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide”
(Harper Perennial, 2002)
2000: Alison Des Forges “Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda”
(Human Rights Watch and FIDH, 1999)

More information on the Institute for the Study of Genocide is available

CfP: International Network of Genocide Scholars Fourth Global Conference on Genocide

Cape Town, 4-7 December 2014

Genocide and Mass Trauma: Rising to the Challenges of Comprehension, Intervention, Prevention and Restitution

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. Continue reading

Symposium: Transmitting the Experiences of Hiroshima & Nagasaki to Future Generations

Start: December 7, 2013 1:00 pmEnd: December 7, 2013 5:00 pm

Cost: FreeOrganizer: Hiroshima Peace
Updated: November 17, 2013 Venue: Hiroshima International Conference

Phone: 082-242-7777Address:
1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku,Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-0811, Japan

International Symposium on December 7, 2013: 13:00-17:00

The Hiroshima Peace Institute will hold an international symposium under
the theme “Transmitting the Experiences of Hiroshima & Nagasaki to Future
Generations” co-hosted by the Chugoku Shimbun and the Research Center for
Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University.

Presentations in English and Japanese: Simultaneous interpretation
equipment is available at the venue. Continue reading

International Law Association Australia Annual Christmas Speech: Surveillance, Secrecy and a Fair Trial

Bret Walker SC presents the Annual Christmas Speech on ‘Surveillance, Secrecy and a Fair Trial’

Thursday, 12 December 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Baker & McKenzie
Level 27, AMP Building
50 Bridge Street, Sydney

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is pleased to extend an invitation to the Annual Christmas Speech, this year to be delivered by Mr Bret Walker SC on the topic of surveillance, secrecy and the implications of national security legislation for fair trials. Mr Walker is the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor and brings a unique perspective to this important topic.

Prior to Mr Walker’s presentation the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Branch will be held from 5.00pm.

ILA Members: $10.00, Non-members: $20.00, payment at the door.

RSVP to secretary@ila.org.au or to the President, Dr Christopher Ward at cward@12thfloor.com.au

Reminder: CFP: Human Rights and Change, Istanbul 16 – 18 June 2014

Human Rights and Change

Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul
16 – 18 June 2014

A joint conference organized by:

Human Rights Section, International Studies Association
Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association
Human Rights Research Committee, International Political Science Association
Standing Group on Human Rights and Transition, European Consortium for Political Resaerch

In association with:
Kadir Has Üniversitesi
Academic Council on the United Nations System

The human rights sections of the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association, are pleased to announce the third joint international conference on human rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Change” to take place 16-18 June 2014 at Kadir Has Üniversitesi in Istanbul. The conference will take place immediately before the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (19 – 21 June), also in Istanbul (http://acuns.org/am2014/). The theme for that conference is “Global Governance: Engaging New Norms and New Challenges” (a discount on registration will be available for those who register for both conferences). Continue reading

CfP: “The Armenian Genocide on the Eve of the Centenary”

International Conference

Buenos Aires, 9-11 April 2014

The Center of Genocide Studies of the National University Tres de Febrero and the Memory of the Armenian Genocide Foundation invite scholars to apply to participate in the Conference “The Armenian Genocide on the Eve of the Centenary” taking place on 9-11 April in Buenos Aires.

To mark the hundred anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the Organizing Committee accepts submissions for individual papers focusing on the Armenian genocide in world history. Authors may consider all aspects of historical scholarship, including historiography and new sources for the study of the Armenian genocide, “cultural” Genocide, denial, international legislation, gender and violence, education and prevention of other genocides, comparative studies with other cases of genocide.
Please submit a 300-word abstract, including your professional title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information (email), and the equipment needs.

Deadline for submission: December 20, 2013.

The Organizing Committee will notify authors the acceptance of their proposal by January 20, 2014.
The complete work in Word format, Times New Roman 12, with a length of 4000 words should be sent until March 15, 2014. All submissions received in term will be published on-line, unless there is a specific request on the contrary.
Papers will be accepted in English and Spanish and they should be sent as an attachment to
Dr. Nélida Boulgourdjian: e-mail genocidioarmenio2014@hotmail.com