University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Opportunities for Students

Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies (HGMV) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology
initiated a research workshop in fall 2012 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, and to engage in dialogue with invited scholars.

Workshop Schedule

All meetings take place at 3:00pm in room 710 Social Sciences Building

  • Thursday, October 2: Barbara Frey ,Director Human Rights Program, "Uneven Ground: Asymmetries of Power in Human Rights Advocacy in Mexico."
  • Thursday, October 12: Angela Carter, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, “Re/Imagining PTSD: Toward a Cripistemology of Trauma”
  • Thursday, October 30: Satty Flaherty-Echeverría, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Articulating Afrocentric Thought: Discourses on the Margins”
  • Thursday, November 13: Patrick McNamara, Professor, Department of History, TBA
  • Friday, December 5: Paula Cuellar Cuellar, Department of History and CHGS Badzin Fellow,“Genocide in El Salvador: Where Ethnicity and Politics Collided”
  • Thursday, February 5: Amber Michel, Liberal Studies, "American Islamic Organizations: Narrative Responses to Counterterrorism Initiatives"
  • Thursday, February 12: Group Discussion on Images of Violence (Reading: Judith Butler, "Photography, War, Outrage")
  • Thursday, February 26: Erma Nezirevic, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, "Spain Interrupted: Examining Spanish Representations of Violence in the Former Yugoslavia"
  • Thursday, March 12: Orry Klainman, Department of History, "Jewish DP Immigration Desires after World War II"
  • Thursday, March 26: Jazmine Contreras, Department of History, "An Upheaval of Memory: The Collision of Dutch Resistance Literature and National History"
  • Friday, April 3, 12:00pm (NOTE special time): Amy Cosmini, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, "Truths Produces and Sold: Latin American Media as a Transitional Justice Memory Merchandiser"
  • Thursday, April 16: Yagmur Karakaya and Alejandro Baer, Department of Sociology, "Remembering to Forget? Holocaust Commemoration in Turkey and Spain"
  • Thursday, May 7: Ore Koren and Holly Dunn, Department of Political Science, "Exploring the Alternatives: The Role of Customary Justice Mechanisms in Post-Conflict Contexts"

For more information or to participate please contact Erma Nezirevic at

Workshop Archive

HGMV Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Funding

Funding provided to graduate students towards travel and registration fees for conferences, symposia, workshops and meetings where they will present their work.

Topics must be relevant to the Holocaust, genocide, mass violence andother systemic human rights violations.Applications accepted on a rolling basis, first consideration will be given to those students who have presented or are scheduled to present their work in the HGMV workshop.

  •  Brief cover letter (directed to HRP 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

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100 Years of Genocide Student Conference

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies will be hosting three days of events to commemorate this centennial.  The events will include the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture featuring Professor Bedros Der Matossian, which is open to the public (April 23), a student conference, entitled “One Hundred Years of Genocide” (April 24) and a K-16 teacher workshop (April 25). The objectives of these events are to promote public understanding of the genocide and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who escaped. The events will also analyze responses by the international community (and/or lack thereof), and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide. In addition to these events the Armenian Community of Minnesota will also be commemorating the genocide with their own special programming.

The student conference seeks to bring together graduate and advanced undergraduate students from different disciplines that are working on the Armenian or other episodes of genocide and mass violence.To this end, we are seeking a broad range of papers that examine but are not limited to the following topics:

The Armenian Genocide: Historical and socio-political paths leading to the genocide; the role of the international community, testimonials of survivors; public memory; etc.

Genocide and the international community: Intervention or lack thereof in genocides and large-scale political violence; potential responses to genocide and mass violence; the role of neighboring countries, and other countries.

Genocide and the media: International and local media coverage of genocide; hate media and genocide incitement; representations of mass violence and its (cognitive and ethical) limits; representations in popular media such as movies, documentaries, music etc.

Representing mass atrocity before Lemkin:  the Armenian genocide has been referred to as a Crime with no name because it occurred before the Genocide Convention. How does this fact affect how we understand and talk about mass atrocities that occurred before December 9th 1948, including the Armenian genocide?

Genocide Awareness and Advocacy in the Age of Digital Communications: Social media campaigns to promote awareness and response, traditional vs. new technology platforms to document genocide and mass violence, affect organization and mobilization of citizens, etc.

Justice and politics of reconciliation after genocide: The role and effectiveness of judicial processes and transitional justice mechanisms such as International Tribunals, truth commissions and reparations.

Genocide education and public memory: Teaching about genocide and mass atrocities; the representation of the Armenian genocide in history and other textbooks. Memorials, museums and commemoration days/weeks; the politics of commemoration; the use of human remains in memorials and related issues.

The conference was made possible by funding from the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies at The Minneapolis Foundation and is sponsored by The Institute for Global Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota.

Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History invite applications from current doctoral students in the UMN College of Liberal Arts for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The Badzin Fellowship will pay a stipend of $18,000, the cost of tuition and health insurance, and $1,000 toward the mandatory graduate student fees. Call for applications usually posted the beginning of Spring Semester.

Eligibility: An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and/or genocide studies. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.

Required application materials:

1) A letter of application (maximum 4 pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year
2) A current curriculum vitae for the applicant
3) An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota
4) TWO confidential letters of recommendation from U of MN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

  • 2014-2015: Paula Sofia Ceullar, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Minor in Human Rights
  • 2013-2014(Spring 2015-extension): Wahutu Siguru, Ph.D.Candidate, Department of Sociology
  • 2009-2010: Adam Blackler, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

For more information contact