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

Spring 2016

  • Thursday, January 28, 4:00PM 710 Social Sciences / 120 Andersen Library
    Welcome and semester planning (4-4:30pm); Meet the Archivists and visit the library archives (4:30-5:30pm)
  • Thursday, February 11, 4:00PM 710 Social Sciences
    RITA KOMPELMAKHER, Department of Theater Arts and Dance
    “Staying Alive: Human Rights and the Performance of Life Support in Post-Soviet Belarusian Theater”
  • Thursday, February 25, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    OFELIA FERRÁN, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and LISA HILBINK, Political Science
    “Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present”
  • Thursday, March 10, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    PAULA CUELLAR, Department of History
    "Scorched Earth Operations in El Salvador as Genocidal Practices."
  • Thursday, March 24, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    HEIDER TUN, Department of History
    “Writing human rights from the bottom up: the case of the Salvadoran Co-Madres (1977-1992)” 
  • Thursday, April 7, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    “Unpacking Narratives” Reading / Discussion Group Meeting
    COURTNEY GILDERSLEEVE, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and ADEY ALMOHSEN, Department of History
  • Thursday, April 21, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    MARÍA JOSÉ MÉNDEZ GUTIÉRREZ, Department of Political Science
    “The soundtrack of war: ‘Narcocorridos’ and drug war violence in Latin America”
  • Thursday, May 5, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    SIDI N'DIAYE, Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    “The Role of Historical Hate Representations in the Murder of Neighbors in Rwanda (1994) and Poland (World War II)”

Fall 2015

  • Wednesday, September 9, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    Welcome and Workshop Planning Meeting
  • THURSDAY, September 24, 4:00 PM 1210 Heller Hall*
    WALTER MANOSCHEK, University of Vienna: “If that's True, then I'm a Murderer!” (2012) Film screening and discussion with film director on Nazi perpetrator guilt, repression and denial
  • Wednesday, September 30, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    JOE EGGERS, Liberal Studies (UMN): “What's in a name? Exploring How We Define Genocide from Lemkin to International Law”
  • Wednesday, October 7, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    DEEPIKA UDAGAMA, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka): Human Rights Law
  • Wednesday, October 14, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    DANIEL BLAUFUKS, artist: The Creation of Holocaust Memory in Media
  • Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 PM 120 Andersen Library
    LOU URENECK, Boston University: “The Great Fire at Smyrna and the genocide of the Ottoman Greek and Armenian population”
  • Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    SAM GREY, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Sociology (UMN): “Memory, Affect, and Retributivism after Genocide:
    Resistance to Forgiveness-Reconciliation in Dakota Homeland”
  • Wednesday, November 4, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    WAHUTU SIGURU, Sociology (UMN): “What African Media? Rethinking research on representations of atrocities in Africa by Africa's Press”
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    ADAM MULLER, University of Manitoba: “Embodying Empathy: Canadian Settler-Colonial Genocide and the Making of a Virtual Indian Residential School”
  • Wednesday, December 2, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    OFELIA FERRÁN, Spanish and Portuguese, and LISA HILBINK, Political Science (UMN): “Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present”
  • Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 PM 710 Social Sciences
    MARIA HOFMANN, German, Scandinavian & Dutch (UMN): "Recent Genocide Documentaries between Return and Respite of Trauma"

For more information or to participate please contact Erma Nezirevic at

Workshop Archive

HGMV Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Funding

We are pleased to offer HGMV graudate students funding support for travel to present their research at academic conferences, which includes an exciting new partnership with the UMN Libraries:

- CHGS / HRP travel awards funded by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program
- Library Archives travel awards: the Kautz Family YMCA Archives HGMV Graduate Award, and the IHRC Archives HGMV Graduate Award

Funding for both types of awards will be provided to graduate students in the form of reimbursement for travel costs 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 CHGS / HRP and UMN Library Archives as appropriate)
  • Date and title of conference / symposium / workshop / meeting
  • TItle of presentation and abstract presentation (500 words)
  • Funds required (up to $500 US )
  • Date and title of HGMV Workshop presentation
  • Date of consultation with archivist and collection(s) utilized (for Library Archives award)
  • Appropriately and accurately cite Archives collections in future presentations / papers (for Library Archives award)

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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