CFA: Genocide in the 20th Century: What Have We Learned? (Deadline: December 16, 2016)
CFA: Genocide in the 20th Century: What Have We Learned?
Registration Deadline: December 16, 2016
Course Dates: January 3-19, 2017, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: New York University
Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group. The term was coined as such in light of the atrocities committed during World War II. The 20th century was marked by all too many examples of history repeating itself after WWII. This course will explore the phenomenon of genocide as a product of modernity through the analysis of comparative case studies from the 20th century, including the Holocaust and events in Armenia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, and Darfur. We will examine central debates regarding the field of genocide studies, including the legal definition of genocide, mechanisms of prevention, the hierarchy and severity of crimes in international law, the act of naming a conflict, reconciliation between victims and perpetrators, and the impact of recognition and denial of genocide on contemporary politics.