Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Man and woman speaking


Program Guide

Thursday, 6 April

Tilton Hall

Keynote address: "The Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the Study of Human Rights Reparations: A Way to Achieve Accountability. The Case of Argentina."

Andrea Gualde, Senior Latin American Program Adviser, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Welcome: Tibi Galis, Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

Friday, 7 April


Historical Legacies

Chair: Burçin Gerçek, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Ken MacLean, Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, Clark University


"The French Revolution and Modern Dilemmas of Accountability"

Ronen Steinberg, Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University


"Metahistorical Glitches"

Gisele Iecker de Almeida, Visiting Researcher, Kings College, London


"The Struggle over the Circassian Genocide: Between Historical Recognition and Current Practicalities"

Chen Bram, Hollander Visiting Professor, Clark University

10:30-11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00- 12:30 pm

Perpetrators as Insiders/Outsiders

Chair: Jason Tingler, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Rosemary Nagy, Associate Professor of Gender Equality and Social Justice, Nipissing University, Ontario

"'We Are Judges Now': The Elected Lay Jurists or Rwanda's Gacaca Courts"

Hollie Brehm, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University

"Remember, Unite, Renew? Accountability and Remorse among Women Perpetrators in Rwanda"

Sara E. Brown, Political Science Lecturer, San Diego State University

"Crimes in Myanmar: The Use of International Criminal Law in Human Rights Advocacy"

Matthew Bugher, Independent lawyer and human rights researcher

"Performing Accountability: Understanding the Myanmar Military's Impunity for Human Rights Violations"

David Baulk, Myanmar Human Rights Specialist, Fortify Rights

12:45-1:45 pm

Lunch Break

Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

2:00-3:45 pm

Presence / Absence

Chair:Anna Aleksanyan, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Valerie Sperling, Professor of Political Science, Clark University


"Obstacles to International Criminal Accountability for Forced Marriage in Mass Atrocities"

Melanie O'Brien, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia and Researcher, Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect


"Accounting for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada"

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, Doctoral Student, Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario


"Inner Peace? Sexual Violence, Accountability, and the Strength of Silence"

James Sedgwick , Assistant Professor in History, Acadia University, Nova Scotia

3:45-4:15 pm

Coffee Break

4:15-6:00 pm

The Politics of Recognition

Chair:Emil Kjerte, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Henry C. Theriault, Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University


"Human Rights Victims or Victimized Heroes? Reparations and Competing Notions of Accountability in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste"

Amy Rothschild, Doctoral Student, Anthropology, University of California, San Diego


"Accountability and Sacrifice: Seeking Justice for Political Prisoners in Myanmar"

Aileen Thomson, Head of Office, International Center for Transnational Justice


"The Participatory Dimensions of Accountability: Examining Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Cambodia"

Tine Destrooper, Visiting Researcher, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University Law School


"Acting Across Violence: Argentinean Civil Society, State Accountability, and the Activism of H.I.J.O.S"

Kerry Whigham, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

6:00-7:00 pm

Social Hour

Saturday, 8 April

9:00-10:30 am
Higgins Lounge,
Dana Commons

Corporate Responsibility – Past, Present, and Future

Moderator: Emre Dağlioğlu, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School


"Corporate Accountability and Non-Repetition Guarantees: What Does 'Peace' Mean for Indigenous People in Transitional Times?"

Monica Mazariegos Rodas, Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala


"After a Century: Who and How Is Accountable for the Armenian Genocide?"

Vladimir Vardanyan , Head of the Division of International Treaties, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia


"SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français) and Deportations during WWII"

Sara Federman, Presidential Scholar, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


"Business as Usual: Accountability and Private Enterprises in Nazi Germany and Beyond"

Johannes Beermann, Archivist, Fritz Bauer Institut and Doctoral Student, University of Hannover

10:30-11:00 am

Coffee Break


The Politics of Efficiency and Effectiveness

Chair: Simon Goldberg, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant:Leigh A. Payne, Professor of Sociology, Latin American Centre, Oxford University

"The Accountable Humanitarian: Practicing Accountability, Acting Without Responsibility?"

Jessica Anderson

"Illiberal Transitional Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia"

Rebecca Gidley , Doctoral Student, Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University

"Tuluwat: From Apology to Support"

Kerri Malloy , Lecturer in Native American Studies, Humboldt State University

12:45-1:45 pm


2:00-3:45 pm
Higgins Lounge,
Dana Commons

Narrating Accountability

Moderator: Gabrielle Hauth,, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Robert Tobin, Professor of Language and Literature, Clark University


"Remembering Silenced Tragedies: Experience in Memorializing Anniversaries of Mass Violence - The Case of Northern Uganda"

Jackson Odong, Centre Manager, National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre, Kitgum, Uganda


"Between Victim and Perpetrator: Dealing with Memory and Accountability After Civil War"

Eva Willems , Doctoral Researcher, History Department, Ghent University


"Embroidery as Narrative: Stitching Narratives of Trauma and Hope onto Black Cloth"

Puleng Segalo, Lecturer, University of South Africa


"Truth, Trauma, and Hard Work: The Extractive Industry of Memory in Peru"

Caroline Yezer, PhD (Independent), Senior Program Chair, Association for Feminist Anthropology

4:30-6:00 pm

Public Lecture: Title Coming Soon

David Rieff, Author of In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies

Sunday, 9 April

9:30-11:00 am

Strategies of Preservation

Chair: Mohammad Sajjadur Rahman, Strassler Center Doctoral Student
Discussant: Mary Jane Rein, Executive Director, Strassler Center


"Government Official Accountability for Prevention"

Tibi Galis, Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation


"Countering Oblivion: Digital Strategies of Participation and Invisible Narratives of Diversity"

Kathrin Schon, Jewish Museum, Frankfurt


"Active Acknowledgment Is Holding Nations Accountable’: A Qualitative Study on Acknowledgment (and Denial) of Collective Victimization Among African-Americans, Armenian-Americans, Jewish Americans, and the Palestinian Diaspora"

Michelle Twali, Psychology Doctoral Student, Clark University


"The Teaching of the Holocaust and Other Genocides in a Post-Conflict Society: Considerations about the Construction of a Public Policy in Argentina (2008-2015)"

Emmanuel Kahan, Adjunct Professor of Political Theory, National University of La Plata

11:00-11:30 am

Coffee Break


Closing Roundtable

Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School
Leigh Payne, Professor of Sociology, Latin American Centre, Oxford University
Rosemary Nagy, Associate Professor of Gender Equality and Social Justice, Nipissing University, Ontario