Perpetrator Studies Network


Out now: JPR Issue 4.1!

We are happy to announce the publication of the latest issue of the Journal of Perpetrator Research!

This is a rich and varied issue featuring a Roundtable discussion on the theme of populism, authoritarianism, and perpetrator studies, with contributions by Alex Hinton, Luisa Morettin, and Wulf Kansteiner, as well as interviews with Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Valentina Pisanty on their latest books.

The issue continues with five full-length articles: Marcelo Svirsky investigates the role settler colonialism plays in the formation and perpetuation of Israeli subjectivities and how this contributes to perpetuating (and perpetrating) the oppression of Palestinians. Marc-Olivier Cantin engages with the important questions of what motivates rank-and-file combatants in civil wars to target civilians. Rachel Louise Hatcher analyses the rhetorical strategies deployed by the rightwing Foundation against Terrorism to dehumanise human rights activists in Guatemala. Alexandra Birch explores the theme of forced singing during Nazi mass shootings in the USSR, and Kevin Hall presents a comparative analysis of Axis mistreatment of downed Allied flyers in the European and Pacific theatres of war. 

The issue concludes with several book reviews. Helena Duffy’s review of The Routledge Handbook of Perpetrator Studies (2020) coedited by Susanne Knittel and Zachary J. Goldberg; Stephanie Bird’s review of Clare Bielby and Jeffrey Stevenson Murer’s edited volume Perpetrating Selves: Doing Violence, Performing Identity (2018); Ariel Ahram’s review of Uğur Ümit Üngör, Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State (2020); Sabah Carrim’s review of Craig Etcheson, Extraordinary Justice: Law, Politics, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunals (2019); Vicente Sánchez-Biosca’s review of Raya Morag’s Perpetrator Cinema: Confronting Genocide in Cambodian Documentary (2020); Juanjo Monsell’s review of Anacleto Ferrer’s Facticidad y ficción: Ensayo sobre cinco secuencias fotográficas de perpetración de la Shoah (2020); Hasan G. López Sanz’s review of Anacleto Ferrer’s and Vicente Sánchez-Biosca’s edited volume El infierno de los perpetrators: Imágenes, relatos y conceptos (2019); Mary Fulbrook’s review of Peter Black, Bela Rasky, and Marianne Windsperger (eds), Collaboration in the Holocaust abd Wolrd War II in Eastern Europe (2019); and last but not least, Franziska Karpinski’s review of Alex J. Kay, The Making of an SS Killer: The Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990 (2016).

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