History of Genocide

HIST-W 335 — Fall 2019 — Themester

Days and Times
9:30-10:45 A.M. TR
Course Description

Genocide is the ultimate effort to excise memory. Its aim is to eliminate everything that recalls the presence of a particular community or a people. No other human policy so brutally seeks to remove the traces of memory. But the effort at elimination is seldom completely successful. For survivors, the imperative is doubly to remember – the world that was lost, and those who destroyed it. They often find themselves in a memory war with the perpetrators or their descendants – over what should be remembered, and what should be denied or forgotten. The History of Genocide explores the remembering and forgetting that is at the heart of genocide, and the memory politics that have become indelibly linked to struggles to define events as genocidal.

Instructor: Mark Roseman