Perpetrator Studies Network


New Books in Perpetrator Studies Launch Series 2021-2022

The Perpetrator Studies Network is happy to announce the 2021-2022 edition of the New Books in Perpetrator Studies book launch series.

The year-long online series will introduce recent publications in the field and bring authors into conversation with researchers from other disciplines. The aim is to foster dialogue, across disciplines, on key issues currently discussed in perpetrator studies (issues concerning, for example, methodology, terminology, theory, ethics, representation, etc.), to explore the conditions which enable acts of collective (and) political violence, as well as to engage critically with the very concept of “perpetrator” or “perpetration”.

The series opened on September 24 at 14.00 CET with a discussion of Omar McDoom’s The Path to Genocide in Rwanda: Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State (Cambridge UP, 2020). Drawing on interviews with over three hundred Rwandans and new data and analysis at the local, regional, and national levels, the book offers new perspectives on several key aspects of the Rwandan genocide. Discussants were Hollie Nyseth Brehm and Jens Meierhenrich.

The series continued with the launch of Edward B. Westermann’s book Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany (Cornell UP, 2021) on 11 November at 18.00 CET. Doris Bergen and Adam Jones served as the book’s discussants and the event was moderated by Hilary Earl.

On 2 December at 20.30 CET we will welcome Pamela Steiner to present her book Collective Trauma and the Armenian Genocide: Armenian, Turkish and Azerbaijani Relations since 1839 (Hart Publishing, 2021). The event will be moderated by Maureen Freely and the book will be discussed by Thomas Kohut.

The seriescontinue on January 13, 2022 at 16.00 CET with a discussion of Alexander Laban Hinton’s It Can Happen Here (NYU Press, 2021). The discussants will be Al Frankowski and Cathy Schlund-Vials.

On 17 March at 16.00 CET we will launch Salvador Santino F. Regilme’s Aid Imperium (U of Michigan P, 2021). Daniel Blocq will be the moderator, and Yuna Han and Bonny Ibhawoh will be the discussants.

On 31 March, 2022 at 17.00 CET Eva Mona Altmann will present her book Das Unsagbare Verschweigen: Holocaust-Literatur aus Täterperspektive (Concealing the Unspeakable: Holocaust-Literature from the Perpetrators’ Perspective,  Transcript, 2021). The respondents will be Juliane Prade-Weiss and Brigitte Jirku and the event will be moderated by Susanne Knittel.

In May we will welcome Deana Heath to present her book Colonial Terror (Oxford UP, 2021), and Jonathan Leader Maynard will conclude the series in June with the launch of his Ideology and Mass Killing (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2022).

This series is organized by Timothy Williams and Susanne Knittel.