University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Opportunities for Students

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

The Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies (HGMV) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group provides a common intellectual space to bring together the disparate but closely related scholarly, legal, policy, and activist work being done by individual faculty and graduate students across the university’s multiple schools, centers, and departments. 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.

The group holds works-in-progress style research workshops twice a month during the academic year and fosters interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust and genocide studies, human rights, representations of violence and trauma, 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.

Graduate Workshop.

Workshop Schedule

Fall 2016

  • Thursday, September 15, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    Pizza Party Welcome
  • Wednesday-Friday, September 21-23, Walter Library
    “Local Action in Response to Migration” third annual international conference
    Organized by the Human Rights Program, the Local Action in Response to Migra-tion Network, and Hispanic Issues Online
  • Thursday, October 6, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    YAGMUR KARAKAYA, Sociology (UMN)
    “Nostalgia as an Analytical Tool Applied to Turkey”
  • Thursday, October 13, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    NICO RAMOS FLORES, Department of Spanish & Portuguese (UMN)
    “Memory and Trauma in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones (1998): The Limits of Memory Theory on African Diasporic Subjects”
  • *WEDNESDAY*, October 26, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    Professor CARLOS PABON, University of Puerto Rico
    “Can the Story Be Told? History, Memory and Fiction in the Representation of Extreme Violence in Latin America”
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and
    the Department of History.
  • Thursday, November 10, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    WAHUTU SIGURU, Department of Sociology (UMN)
    "Constructing News on Mass Atrocity: Darfur in Africa's Press"
  • *TUESDAY*, November 22, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    MIRAY PHILLIPS, Department of Sociology (UMN)
    "Coptic Egyptians: Violence, Collective Memory and Identity"
  • Thursday, December 8, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences
    COURTNEY GILDERSLEEVE, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (UMN)

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.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Badzin Fellowship will be due on March 10, 2017.

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