News: Center of Genocide Studies and Human Rights – University of Erbil – May 31, 2016.
Conference Title: Genocide and Human Rights in Kurdistan: An International Perspective
Call for Paper
The Center for Genocide Studies and Human Rights – based at the University of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan was recently established with the purpose of promoting academic research and public awareness on the genocides committed in Iraq and in whole region and every form of mass violence. The aim of the center to serve as a regional, national and international resource for those who are researching or working in the fields of genocide and human rights with a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on the Kurdish Region and the Middle East in an effort to engage information specialists, scholars, educators and students in an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.
As part of its activities the Center for Genocide Studies and Human Rights hosts its first conference. Recent events, in particular, but not exclusively, in the Middle East have driven the attention of scholars, researchers and the general public of the dangers that wars and international confrontations pose to the prevention of mass violence and genocide. In particular, the events in Syria and Iraq, the rise of ISIS with the following persecution of religious minorities constitute an alarming sign for the present and the future not only of the communities affected but for the whole humanity. This conference aims at hosting scholars, activists and practitioners working in the area to discuss new ways to address the field of genocide studies in order to be able to envisage old and new tools of prevention, deterrence, intervention and prosecution. The Conference to be held in Erbil – Iraqi Kurdistan May 31, 2016 seeks to build on the last discussions in the light of the most recent events. The organizers invite papers particularly, but exclusively on the following topic:
1) The International Community Facing Genocides and Human Rights Abuses: Old and New Perspectives
2) The Kurdish Case in the International Frame: A Comparative Approach
3) Retributive vs. Restorative Justice in Kurdistan: What was done? What should be done?
4) The Legacy of Violence: Human Rights Awareness in the Kurdish Region.
We welcome submissions from scholars, postgraduate students, as well as practitioners and researchers working in government, the NGO sector and other institutions. Prospective participants need to send a proposal in the form of abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Maria Rita Corticelli at email@example.com no later than April 15, 2016. A biographical sketch of no more than 100 words will also be required. Papers are welcome in Arabic, Kurdish and English. The interventions will have to be between 15 and 20 minutes long.