Archive: October, 2015

Call for chapter abstracts extended: Edited volume on “Approaching Perpetrators”

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Prisoners at work, Rwanda

Approaching Perpetrators: Insights on Ethics, Methods, and Theory

Deadline extended: October 31, 2015

Editors: Kjell Anderson, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies,

& Erin Jessee, University of Strathclyde


Although much has been written about the causes of genocide and similar mass atrocities, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge of perpetrators. While a range of studies have emerged over the past few decades that examine perpetrators’ motives and actions as represented in legal transcripts or through the narratives of survivors, for example, there is a relative paucity of studies that emerge from firsthand qualitative fieldwork with perpetrators themselves. Our volume will address this gap by bringing into conversation for the first time a selection of chapters on perpetrators of genocide and related mass atrocities based entirely on qualitative field research. As such, this volume will explore the personal, social, economic, political and historical contexts through which people from a range of backgrounds become perpetrators, and the theoretical insights that can be gained from engaging with perpetrators’ narratives, facilitating a more nuanced understanding of how genocide and related mass atrocities take shape within societies. (more…)


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