[Marxism] European Network of Genocide Scholars: Foundational Meeting

Christopher Carrico ccarrico at temple.edu
Fri Jul 9 04:58:14 MDT 2004

Conference: Genocide: Forms, Causes, Consequences: Berlin 
January 13-15, 2005. Announcement and Call for Posters 


European Network of Genocide Scholars [ENOGS]: Foundational 
Meeting (Berlin, January 13-15, 2005)

Without doubt, genocide is one of the most horrific crimes 
in the history of humankind. In the twentieth century, the 
Holocaust proved the destructive potential of a utopian 
biopolitics that aimed at an ethnically or racially 
homogeneous "societas perfecta". Unfortunately, it was not 
the first genocide of the last century, as in 1904 the 
Herero and Nama people had been slaughtered by the imperial 
German army, and ten years later during World War I, more 
than 800’000 Armenians were deported and killed by the Young 
Turks. Nor was the Holocaust the last. Despite the United 
Nations Genocide Convention of 1948, genocides took place in 
Cambodia and Rwanda to name just a few. 

These enormities, and current crises such as the situation 
in Darfur (Sudan), make international and interdisciplinary 
research on genocidal processes all the more important. 
While genocide research has become an established academic 
discipline in the USA since the 1970s, its institutional 
recognition is still in its infancy in many European 
countries. Whereas in the United States conferences, 
journals, and publication series attest to a vibrant 
community of genocide scholars, such a scholarly 
infrastructure is less well developed in Europe. With the 
foundation of an "European Network of Genocide Scholars" 
[ENOGS], we attempt to foster scholarly exchange between 
individuals and institutions worldwide. It will be open to 
researchers from all academic disciplines working on 
genocide and mass violence from within and outside Europe. 
Its focus is historical and comparative. A webpage and a 
discussion-list as a forum for academic announcements and 
discussions are planned, as well as the publication of a 
journal or a yearbook. We attempt to cooperate with 
existing organisations wherever possible. 

When the Polish-Jewish lawyer and historian Raphael Lemkin 
coined the term "genocide" in 1944, he was referring to Nazi 
policies in Europe, but was first prompted by the Armenian 
case to conceptualize and criminalize genocide. Lemkin 
himself wrote extensively on colonial genocides. The 100th 
anniversary of the genocide in former German Southwest 
Africa (now Namibia) is therefore an appropriate occasion 
for the foundation of an “European Network of Genocide 
Scholars” during the international conference, "Genocides: 
Forms, Causes, Consequences. The Namibian War (1904-1908) in 
Historical Perspective,” in Berlin between 13-15 January 
2005 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, (the programme is 
available online: 

http://www.hist.net/ag-genozid/namibianwar). We invite all 
interested parties to our foundational meeting in Berlin.

Please share with interested colleagues.

From August on, updated information on ENOGS and its 
foundation will also be available on our website:


Please do not hesitate to ask for further information:

The preparation committee:
Dr. Juergen Zimmerer Dominik J. Schaller 
(CEIS 20, Univ. Coimbra) 
Rua Alves Torgo 25, 1° esq David Hess-Weg 10 
P-5000-679 Vila Real 8038 Zürich 
Portugal Schweiz 
juergenzimmerer at freenet.de rickscafe at bluemail.ch

Dr. Juergen Zimmerer 
(CEIS 20, Univ. Coimbra)
Rua Alves Torgo 25, 1° esq. 
P-5000-679 Vila Real 
namibian-war at freenet.de

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