Sheffield Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence

University of Sheffield
Juergen Zimmerer

The University of Sheffield and the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INOGS) proudly announce the foundation of

The Sheffield Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence

Building both on long traditions and current strengths in Genocide Studies, the University of Sheffield approved in June 2007 the establishment of the Sheffield Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence. Based around the offices of the of the Journal of Genocide Research and the International Network of Genocide Scholars at the Department of History, this unique institution in the UK and beyond is devoted to the study of all aspects of mass violence in history and at the present time. Interdisciplinary in its approach, it explicitly tries to bridge the gaps between Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences: its concerns will include topics such as genocide and environmental change, competition for resources, and mass violence; trauma research; (post)colonialism, memory and identity politics; and prevention studies.

The Centre will coordinate research projects, support international cooperation and offer both face-to-face and distance-learning courses in genocide studies and prevention. Current projects include the Virtual Archive of Genocide, a Bibliography of Genocide and the Sheffield Digital Lemkin, a digital edition of the hitherto largely unpublished writings of Raphael Lemkin, the founder of the UN Genocide Convention of 1948 and pioneer of Genocide Studies.

The official launch of the centre will take place on October 9th, with a public lecture by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw. All are welcome!

Professor Sir Ian Kershaw (Sheffield)
'Genocide and History'
Tuesday 9th October, 2007 (5:15),
Douglas Knoop Centre, Humanities Research Institute

The number of places for Professor Kershaw’s lecture is strictly limited, so please reserve your place in advance by sending an email to Beverley Eaton ( or: by telephoning (0114 22 22550).

In September 2008 the International Network of Genocide Scholars will held its first Global Genocide Conference on "Genocide as Argument" at the Sheffield Genocide Centre. A Call for Papers will be issued soon.

Please address all queries or suggestions regarding the Centre to the founding Director, Dr Juergen Zimmerer, Department of History, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN (


Dr Juergen Zimmerer
Department of History
University of Sheffield
387 Glossop Road
S10 2TN

Sheffield Centre for the Study of Genocide and Mass Violence, 09.10.2007 Sheffield/UK, in: H-Soz-Kult, 27.09.2007, <>.
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