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Perpetrator Studies Network


4 - 7 July 2018
Aix-Marseille University, France

CFP: Genocide and Mass Violence: diagnosis, treatment, and recovery?

For more than 70 years, academics, practitioners, and researchers from a variety of disciplines have addressed the issue of genocide and mass violence using a wide range of empirical and theoretical approaches, exploring case studies throughout history and numerous past and present events or processes around the world. Interdisciplinary research across humanities, legal and social sciences, as well as comparison, have thus characterized genocide studies.
However, even if extreme violence is relevant to various medical fields such as psychology, psychiatry and forensic anthropology, dialogue between medical sciences and humanities and social sciences has been slow to develop. The 6th INoGS Global Conference, to be held at the Medical Faculty of Aix-Marseille University (France) on 4-7 July 2018 and entitled “Genocide and Mass Violence : diagnosis, treatment, and recovery?“, therefore seeks to open new avenues for research on extreme violence while stimulating interdisciplinary exchanges between the humanities, social and medical sciences. The early detection and prevention of mass violence represents indeed a global challenge for each and every one of these fields of knowledge.

The organizers invite proposals for papers, panels and roundtables on any aspect of genocide and mass crime. We are especially keen to receive proposals from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Scholars working on topics such as sexual violence, forced disappearances, torture, mass trauma, forced separation of children from their families, conflict resolution, and mediation initiatives are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. Presentations on recent experiences of mass violence, such as those in Syria, Darfur, Iraq, Mexico, Colombia, and Myanmar are expressly welcome. We encourage the submission of papers and panels on issues regarding violence contamination and containment processes. Another theme of particular interest is that of humanitarian intervention and the ethical challenges it poses.

Participation is not restricted to INoGS members. We welcome interdisciplinary and theoretically-informed approaches as well as trans-disciplinary dialogue. Submissions from scholars, postgraduate students, as well as practitioners and researchers working in government, the NGO sector and other institutions are invited.

Prospective participants can upload proposals in the form of abstracts of no more than 250 words via the conference website. A biographical sketch of no more than 100 words will also be required. Panel and roundtable submissions need, in addition, to explain the rationale behind the suggestion. Queries relating to this process can be sent to admin@inogsconference2018.com. Applicants can expect to learn the outcome of their proposals within four weeks of submission.

The closing date for paper, panel and round table submissions is 15th March 2018.