Mason Hosts Genocide Scholar Conference

Posted: June 11, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

Approximately 165 scholars from around the world met at Mason this week for the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, hosted by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at the Arlington Campus and on Capitol Hill.

Andrea Bartoli, professor of conflict analysis and resolution, was a key organizer for the conference, which was based on the theme “The New Face of Genocide in the 21st Century.”

The annual conference serves as a forum for the exchange of research and ideas related to genocide studies. It also offers workshops and roundtable discussions that advance policy initiatives, research, education, film and other cultural media on the history and prevention of genocide.

The Honorable Irwin Cotler, member of the Canadian Parliament and former attorney general of Canada, opened the meeting on June 8 with a presentation titled “The Danger of State-Sanctioned Incitement to Genocide.”

Other speakers included Lawrence Woocher of the U.S. Institute of Peace on “Preventing Genocide: the Albright-Cohen Commission Report: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers”; and Mô Bleeker of the Foreign Ministry of Switzerland on “The Role of Governments and International Organizations in Genocide Prevention.”

Workshops and discussions on June 9 and 10 covered topics such as international justice; teaching about genocide; Holocaust studies; Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and Armenia; and religion and genocide.

Video and audio from the conference will be posted on the ICAR web site at a later date.

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