University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Workshops for Graduate Students & Faculty
Genocide and Mass Violence Studies

In the fall of 2012 the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology
organized a research workshop for graduate students and faculty members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota.

Graduate Workshop
The workshop was founded to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness and collective memory.

Support fellow scholars and provide feedback at various stages of the research process.

Engage in dialogue with invited scholars.

Twelve students, visiting professors and faculty members gave papers throughout the 2012-2013 academic school year. A
complete list of presenters and topics is available by clicking the following link. 2012-2013 Complete Workshop Schedule.

2014 Presentations

All meetings take place on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in Room 609 Social Sciences

  • February 13: Verena Stern, Research Fellow, Center for Austrian Studies
    "Grievable Lives": Dealing with Dimensions of (Mass) Violence in Somali Transnational Migration"
  • March 13: Carla Manzoni, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    "Argentina’s Collages of Memory: Aesthetic heritage in post-dictatorial film Los rubios (2003)"
  • April 3: Angela Carter, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
    " Re/Imagining PTSD: Toward a Cripistemology of Trauma"
  • May 1: Marisol Soto, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    "Visual Interstices of Rhetoric, Memory, and Trauma in the DocumentariesSpoils of WarandThe Lost Children of Franco."

HGMV Workshop Funding for Conferences

The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are providing travel support up to $500 for 4 workshop participants.


  • Brief cover letter (directed to HHRR Program and CHGS)
  • Date and title of conference/symposium
  • TItle of presentation and abstract presentation (500 words)
  • Funds required (up to $500 US )
  • Date and title of HGMV Workshop presentation
Deadline for submissions: April 30th. 2014, please email your submission to

2013 Presentations

  • September 19: Sandra Gómez Santamaría, visiting scholar from Colombia
    “Uses of transitional justice discourse in Colombia: the cases of “Justice and Peace" Law and “Legal framework for Peace”
  • October 4: Courtney Gildersleeve, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
    “Poetry, Damaged Life and One Poem: By Agha Shahid Ali
  • October 31: Wahutu j. Siguru, Badzin Fellow CHGS, Department of Sociology
    “The Politicsof Representation: Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities in the Media.”
  • December 12: Paula Cuellar Cuellar, Department of History, Human Rights Program.
    “Punishing genocide through trials: a viable option in the aftermath ofsystematic and widespread violence?”

For more information or to particpate please contact Wahutu Siguru at