IAGS Holds 8th Biennial Conference on ‘The New Face of Genocide’

ARLINGTON, Va. (A.W.)—On June 7-9, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) held its 8th Biennial Conference, hosted this year by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.

The theme of this year’s panels, films, and discussions was “The New Face of Genocide.” Conference program chairs Dr. Hilary Earl of Nipissing University and Dr. James Waller of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation defined the theme in their opening mission statement. “This conference was designed to provide a forum for the exchange of research and ideas related to genocide studies,” they said.

They also welcomed workshops and roundtable discussions that advance policy initiatives, pedagogy and education, and film and other cultural media on the history and prevention of genocide.

The papers and panels at the conference reflected the innovative research and thinking about the nature, causes, and consequences of historic and contemporary genocide. Teachers, scholars and activists from any discipline were encouraged to apply, as were graduate students working in the field.

The June 27 issue of the Weekly will feature in-depth coverage of the topics and panels explored at the IAGS 2009 Conference.

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Andy Turpin

Andy Turpin has been the assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly since 2006. He was raised in Palma City, Fla. His family is of Italian, Welsh and Armenized-Romani stock. He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., with degrees in history and journalism. Following graduation, he went to Armenia as an English as a Second Language (ESL) U.S. Peace Corp volunteer. He received his CELTA-ESL degree from Cambridge University in 2006.

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