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KHRCA Colloquia 2015-2016: Gender, Mass Violence and Genocide: Introduction

Colloquia series consisting of eight events tightly linked to a newly established field of research in genocide: gender-sensitive scholarship on mass violence and genocide

Gender, Mass Violence and Genocide

"Gender, Mass Violence, and Genocide" is a Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives  (KHRCA) colloquia series consisting of eight events tightly linked to a newly established field of research in genocide studies: gender-sensitive scholarship on mass violence and genocide. According to von Joeden-Forgey, a gendered analysis of “genocide as a process: its roots, its immediate causes, its shape, its aftermath, and ultimately, its definition” will lead to both “a better understand(ing) of the crime” and the improvement of “protocols for preventing and responding to it.”[1]

The eight events that constitute “Gender, Mass Violence, and Genocide” have two foci. The first is how gender structures and mediates experiences of mass violence and genocide, including the nature of pre-genocidal propaganda, the agency and victimization of men and women, and the use and effects of certain genocidal tools (e.g., sexual violence, selective mass killing, and slavery). The second is how attention to gender can help to predict, prevent, and reconcile mass violence and genocide. For example, the events collectively speak to gendered precursors to (and early warning signs of) genocide, gendered memories of trauma, and gendered efforts to rebuild and restore justice after genocide.

To best address these two foci, the eight events engage comparative perspectives and in-depth reflections on specific historical events. Consistent with Fein, they address elements of gender-specific and gender-neutral genocides, and they examine both women and men as agents (or perpetrators) and victims of mass violence and genocide.[2] The eight events also offer deliberately diverse disciplinary perspectives on the topics; bringing together fifteen scholars from a range of humanities and humanities-oriented disciplines, including History, Psychology, Philosophy, Women’s and Gender Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Comparative Genocide Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, English and Comparative Literature, and Jurisprudence.

 

[1] Elisa von Joeden-Forgery, “Gender and the Future of Genocide Studies and Prevention,” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 7, 1 (2012); 89-107; pp. 90-91.

[2] Helen Fein, “Genocide and Gender: The Uses of Women and Group Destiny,” (Journal of Genocide Research 1, 1 (1989); 43-64.

Acknowlegement

“Gender, Mass Violence and Genocide” was organized as the 2015-2016 colloquia series by Dr. Amy E. Traver, Associate Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives colloquia series, initiated in the 2012 – 2013 academic year, is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. 

This program was made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Events

Event 1:  Gender and the Future of Genocide Studies

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in S-111 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 2:  Human Rights and Genocidal Rape

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in KHRCA 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 3:  Multiple Girlhoods: Growing Up in Bosnia Before and During the Civil War

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in M-136 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 4:  Gendered Experiences in and Memories of the Nazi Holocaust

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in KHRCA 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 5:  Gendercide: Inclusivity in the Study of Gender, Mass Violence and Genocide

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in KHRCA 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 6:  Spanish Women and Fascism under the Francoist Dictatorship

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in KHRCA 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 7:  Forgotten Witnesses: Gender-Based Violence in Asia During World War II

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in KHRCA 12:10 - 1:40 pm

 

Event 8:  Gender, Genocide and Justice in Rwanda

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in KHRCA 12:10 - 1:40 pm