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The 5th Global Conference of the International Network of Genocide Scholars

Intersections: Holocaust Scholarship, Genocide Research,

And Histories of Mass Violence”

The 5th Global Conference of the International Network of Genocide Scholars

The Hebrew University and the Van Leer Institute, 26-29 June, 2016


The International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) emerged from a January 2005 conference in Berlin that aimed to provide Genocide Studies a non-partisan forum through which to present research and analysis on genocide as well as other forms of collective violence.


Since the emergence of Genocide Studies in the 1970s, the field has diverged both theoretically and methodologically from the more established Holocaust Studies. Holding the 2016 INoGS conference in Jerusalem, where Holocaust Studies emerged in the 1960s, offers a valuable opportunity to overcome this division and examine how research into one field enriches the other, especially as scholarship on the Holocaust exceeds the work on any other case of genocide or mass violence.


While all cases of genocide and mass violence are of interest, the conference will place special emphasis on one particular debate in the last two decades, around the place of the Holocaust in the history of modern genocide and mass violence—in Europe, in former European colonies, and in postcolonial states across the globe. Inquiry into a range of subjects—from colonial violence, to genocidal violence during World War II, to postcolonial conflict and the mass atrocities of counterinsurgency, and from the motivations of perpetrators, to the meanings of witnessing in the twentieth century, to international law and mechanisms of transitional justice—has underscored the analytical potential of treating the Holocaust as integral to modern processes of imperial collapse, social disintegration, and the rise of nation-states in Europe and the Middle East. The literary genre and tradition of victims’ accounts that have emerged from various cases of genocide and mass violence, and the scholarly engagement with them, constitute another central arena for examining the Holocaust as part and parcel of the modern experience. It is in these ways that bringing the INoGS conference to Jerusalem, a city in which foundational collective traumas intersect and are experienced in everyday life, offers an opportunity to engage with the main theme of the conference: Intersections: Holocaust Scholarship, Genocide Research, and Histories of Mass Violence.