HGHR Center Research

 

August 2019: HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, have sigend a contract with Routledge to co-edit a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference. Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? will be published in 2020 and include contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars. Among other chapters and topics, the book will include: 

Indigenous Genocide Denial and Settler Colonialism; 
The Holomodor (Ukrainian famine-genocide of early '30s) and Holocaust Memory in Competition and Cooperation;
Denial and the Duvalier Regime in Haiti;
Triumphalism: The Final Stage of Bosnian Genocide;
Denying Rwanda, Denying Congo;
Gendercide and the Destruction of the Transgender Body;
Trauma-Informed Transitional Justice.

 


International Research Affiliates of the HGHR Center

Dr. Adam Jones, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Dr. Jones is working with the Center on a co-edited genocide-studies reader that will include sections on, among other topics, Imperialism, and Colonialism; Religion; Judeophobia and Islamophobia; Fascism; Poverty, Structural Violence, and the Environment; Psychology of Perpetrators and Rescuers; Gender, Rape, and Genocide; Interventions and Aftermaths; and Cultural Legacies.

Dr. Hikmet Karčić, Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Dr. Karčić is working with the Center on a research project titled "Anti-Nazi resistance by Bosniak Muslims during the Second World War."

U.S.-based Research Affiliates of the HGHR Center

Dr. Sarah Minslow, Cal State-LA, Department of English. Dr. Minslow is collaborating witth our Center on a co-edited book on genocide denial.

 


Articles and Working Papers by HGHR authors

Elizabeth M. von Briesen, UNC Charlotte PhD candidate in Computing and Informatics, "Modeling Genocide at the System and Agent Levels" (Policy and Complex Systems, Vol 3: 2 [Fall 2017])

Abstract: This research works to bridge the gap between the knowledge of social scientists in the field of genocide studies and that of computational experts. A thorough system-level description of the problem informs the implementation of an agent-based model (ABM) that simulates local interactions in a society composed of two identity groups. This model explores how dynamics between agents with different identities, ideology, influence, susceptibility, and threshold to act against those of a different group lead to the emergence of genocide. Early results indicate the model’s usefulness in revealing the underlying factors and thresholds of importance....

Michelle Stanley, UNC Charlotte Graduate student, former HGHR Studies Minor, "Beyond Erasure: Indigenous Genocide Denial and Settler Colonialism" (2019)

Abstract: I argue that Indigenous genocide denial allows for the continuation and emergence of settler colonial ideology, processes, and practices. Decolonial and sovereignty efforts that emphasize Indigenous cultural resurgence are essential to challenge the internalization and naturalization of settler colonial ideals. While external modes of colonialism include the removal of Indigenous peoples from their lands and the recasting of Native bodies and land as resources to be exploited, internal modes include biopolitical and geopolitical methods of control, such as schooling, criminalization, segregation, and minoritizing (Tuck & Yang, 2012).

Additionally, I argue that heteropatriarchal ideals have been internalized and naturalized within Indigenous communities. The presence of homophobia, transphobia, and sexism within Indigenous communities demonstrate the pervasiveness of settler colonialism. Finally, I argue that cultural resurgent decolonial and sovereignty efforts challenge the internalization of settler colonial ideals by revitalizing Indigenous cultural traditions that accept gender and sexuality diversity and emphasize the power and authority of women.

Nikolai Mather, UNC Charlotte Levine Scholar, Majoring in International Studies and Political Science, "Defining Genocide: 21st-century Genocides in Chechnya and Myanmar" (2019)

Abstract: The UN Genocide Convention is now 70 years old and more than ever is in need of revision. My paper offers a comparative analysis of genocidal violence against LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya and against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and I argue that these cases demonstrate the need for an updated and expanded definition of "genocide."

 

 

 
 

Recent books by HGHR Center steering committee members

"Scholar’s Book Analyzes Freedom, Citizenship In Study of Black Militia"

On Sept. 7, 2018, Dr. Mixon was informed that his book was chosen for the "2018 Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of Archives," given by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

History professor Gregory Mixon’s new book analyzes one state’s process of freedom, citizenship and the incorporation of African Americans within the political and economic structure of the United States after the Civil War.

Show Thyself a Man: Georgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905 (University Press of Florida, 2017) explores the history of Georgia’s black militia and how both independent militias and state-sponsored militias defined freedom and citizenship for African Americans.

“Black people had a vision for freedom after the Civil War,” Mixon says. “They had a vision of what citizenship should be and that vision conflicted with white definitions of post-Civil War freedom and citizenship.” Attempts to fulfill the African American vision of freedom have often met with resistance.

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"To Kill A People: Cox’s Book Considers Genocide in 20th Century"

In his 2017 book "John Cox emphasized that individuals make choices, although these may be under circumstances difficult to imagine. “We also have it within ourselves to ‘do the right thing,’ so to speak,” he says. “Genocidal violence can begin with small acts that go unopposed; similarly, resistance can begin with small acts or gestures, which then have a rippling effect. One thing we should learn from history is the necessity to be vigilant in defending human rights, and to stand up against bigotry and injustice, and to not keep silent, waiting for the storm to pass. It might not.”

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"Interview with UNCC prof. Emek Ergun and her co-editor on major new book"

Feminist Transation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) explores feminist approaches to translation across diverse geographical and historical locations as resistant transnational practices that challenge multiple forms of domination. In the piece, they introduce feminist translation studies, discuss the role that translation plays in the transnational and examine the relationship between feminist praxis, translation and activism. It is co-edited by Dr. Emek Ergun, member of the Steering Committee of the Center for HGHR Studies.

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"During the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West, the local black church was essential in the making and reshaping of urban areas. In Detroit, one church and one minister, in particular, demonstrate this power of the pulpit.

Julia Marie Robinson, UNC Charlotte associate professor of Religious Studies, looks at the role black churches in urban areas in Race, Religion and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit (Wayne State University Press)."

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