Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies

More than 60 years have already passed since the United Nations adopted the "Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide ". However, the fact that mass killings  have been repeated in many parts of the world after the end of the Cold War, such as those in former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, East Timor and India shows that humanity is not yet free from genocide.

Under exactly what kind of political and social conditions and with what kinds of purposes is genocide caused, which is also known as the "crime of all crimes" and an "extreme violation of human rights"? And what kind of support initiatives should international society undertake in order to achieve peace and justice in the countries or regions where genocide has unfortunately occurred and reconstruct the destroyed societies in a fair and just way? In addition, what can we do in order to prevent genocide in the first place?

In the field of IGS (Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies) researchers and practitioners with expertise in various areas and disciplines participate and cooperate in conducting research activities in order to pursue these issues.

*IGS conducts its research based on the support from the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Historical research on genocidal phenomena in the modern world” (2009 to 2012).

News and notifications

  • Research meeting with the project members. (University of Tokyo, February 17, 2013) *scheduled
  • Presented a research paper at the 3rd Global Conference on Genocide (San Francisco State University, June 30, 2012)
  • Held a research meeting in preparation for the 3rd Global Conference on Genocide (University of Tokyo, June 2012)
  • Supported the Fifth Research Conference of the Truth-Seeking Network for Forced Mobilization (University of Tokyo, April 7 2012)
  • Organized a sectional meeting on “genocide studies” at the Peace Studies Association of Japan Fall Research Seminar 2011 (Hiroshima Shudo University, October 30, 2011)
  • Supported the symposium on the 20th anniversary of the Paris peace agreement “Where stands developing Cambodia now? Towards sustainable development and peace” (University of Tokyo, October 15, 2011)
  • Co-hosted the International Symposium “Civil society and violence in the history of modern Germany”in collaboration with the Japanese Society for Modern German History (University of Tokyo, September 18, 2011)
  • Organized a sectional meeting on “genocide studies” at the Peace Studies Association of Japan Spring Conference 2011 (Niigata University of International and Information Studies, June 4, 2011)
  • Published the essay collection „Genocide in the Modern World“  (March 2011).