MIGS FRIDAY WORKSHOPS

Normally at 12 Noon
in Room LB-608/The McConnell Building
1400 Blvd. de Maisonneuve Ouest

Upcoming Friday Workshops:

Friday, 15 September 2006, 11h00-12h30 (Note starting time is 11h00)

"First Nations, Residential Schools, and the Holocaust: Rewriting Indigenous History in the United States and Canada"
A workshop by Dr. David MacDonald, Political Studies, Otago University, New Zealand

Many indigenous groups have invoked the Holocaust to reinterpret
past events, a trend which reflects its Americanization and
cosmopolitanization. Presenting European colonization as a "holocaust",
activist historians in America, Canada and other western settler societies
have used the Final Solution to repackage colonial history in starkly
black and white terms. I pay particular attention to the debates in
America and Canada over the genocidal implications of indigenous
residential schooling. There is a twin danger involved. At one level the
Holocaust is subjected to a process of trivialization. At another level,
framing history through the Holocaust decontextualizes group histories by
re-reading past victimization through a distinctive and wholly different
series of events.

Dr. David MacDonald is a Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at Otago
University, New Zealand. He holds a PhD in International Relations from
the London School of Economics, and is the author of Balkan holocausts?:
Victim Centered Propaganda and the War in Yugoslavia; and Identity
Politics in the Age of Genocide: The Holocaust and Historical
Representation. He is currently working on a book entitled Fragile Empire:
American Trauma, 9/11, and the New Exceptionalism.

Date:Friday, 15 September 2006
Time: 11h00-12h30
Place: The George Rudé Seminar Room, LB-608,
Concordia Library Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

To read a Word copy of Dr. MacDonald's paper, click here.
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Past Friday Workshops

Friday, 28 October 2005, 10h00-11h30

On the Edge of Truth Commissions: Alternative Paths to Recounting the Past
A workshop by Dr. Cynthia Milton, History Dept., Université de Montréal

This comparative presentation takes a current reality—the proliferation of truth commissions—and questions the meaning of such forums for our historical understanding of past violence. An underlying assumption of these commissions (TRCs), especially that of South Africa, is that unearthing the “truth” (or “truths”) is in itself a form of justice and may lead to reconciliation. Yet, limited by time, resources and a top-down structure, truth commissions circumscribed emergent narratives. Nevertheless, the social opening that gave rise to truth commissions, also opened spaces for public discussion and “speaking truth to power” that were previously unavailable, thus allowing for a flood of alternative forms of truth-telling that fall outside the scope of the TRCs: visual and performance art, memory sites, cinema, stories, humour, rumour, and song.

Dr. Cynthia Milton is assistant professor of history at the Université de Montréal and author of the forthcoming book The Many Meanings of Poverty: Colonialism, Social Compacts, and Assistance in Eighteenth Century Ecuador (Stanford University Press). Her workshop presentation emerges from research she contributed to The Art of Truth-Telling about Authoritarian Rule, edited by Ksenija Bilgija, Jo Allen Fair, Cynthia E. Milton, and Leigh A. Payne (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005) and her current work on the nature of historical evidence and the need to excavate truth narratives otherwise excluded from written and state generated records.

Date:Friday, 28 October 2005
Time: 10h00-11h30
Place: The George Rudé Seminar Room, LB-608,
Concordia Library Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

 


19 November 2004

Planning Oslo's New Holocaust Museum: Issues and Dilemmas in Human Rights Education
A workshop by Dr. Berit Reisel

Dr. Berit Reisel’s leadership and vision led the Government of Norway to restore assets stolen from the Norwegian Jewish community and to establish the Norwegian Holocaust History Museum and the Centre for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Norway. She is a member of the Executive Board of the European Council of Jewish Communities representing all four Nordic countries and works in Oslo as a professor, a writer, and a psychoanalyst.

Friday, 19 November 08h30-09h50
Room LB-608, Library Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.


Friday, October 8, 2004

The Limits of Charismatic Leadership: Native-Led Rebellions and Retributive Genocide in the Americas
Dr. Nicholas Robins

12:00-1:30 p.m. You are invited to attend a MIGS Workshop by Dr. Nicholas Robins on 'The Limits of Charismatic Leadership: Native-Led Rebellions and Retributive Genocide in the Americas'

ROOM LB-608/THE GEORGE RUDE SEMINAR ROOM
THE LIBRARY BUILDING/CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Click here to download:
Leadership, Charisma and Exterminatory Movements: Case Studies of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and the Great Rebellion of 1780-1782
Word Document

Click here to download:
Symbolic Discourse and Exterminatory Movements:
The 1680 and 1696 Pueblo Revolts of New Mexico and the 1780-1782 Great Rebellion of Peru and Upper Peru
Word Document


Friday, March 19, 2004

Humanitarian Bombing: Ethics, Technology and the Prevention of Genocide
Prof. Michael Freeman

12:00-1:45 p.m. MIGS Workshop with Prof. Michael Freeman, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, who will talk on '"Humanitarian Bombing: Ethics, Technology and the Prevention of Genocide,” Room LB 608, McConnell Library Bldg.


Friday, March 12, 2004

Hannah Arendt and the Totalitarian Frenzy
Prof. Daniel Dagenais

12:00-1:45 p.m. MIGS Workshop with Prof. Daniel Dagenais, Sociology/Anthropology Department, Concordia University, on "Hannah Arendt and the Totalitarian Frenzy," Room LB 608, McConnell Library Bldg.


Monday, February 9, 2004

Cambodia Genocide: The Intersection of Politics and Justice
Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh

You are invited to meet informally with Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh at his MIGS Workshop at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, 9 February, in Room LB-608, when he will discuss "Cambodia Genocide: The Intersection of Politics and Justice "


Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge and the Role of Legal Accountability in the Process of Reconciliation
Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh

At 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, 10 February, in Room H-110, Youk Chhang, will speak and answer questions on "Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge and the Role of Legal Accountability in the Process of Reconciliation." We have hundreds of seats available for the H-110 talk, so please spread the word among your interested friends.

December 2003/January 2004
YOUK CHHANG--GENOCIDE RESEARCHER
By Dominic Faulder

"AS YOUK CHHANG, 43, tells it, "What happened to the people of Cambodia is very hard to put into words." In April 1975, he was part of the entire population of Phnom Penh emptied mercilessly into the countryside by the "liberating" forces of the Khmer Rouge. In less than four years, up to two
million of his compatriots died by execution or from starvation, medical neglect or overwork. He spent the period in northwestern Battambang Province working in the fields or on canal projects. "I was the same as everyone else," he recalls.

Like most of his family, Youk was fortunate to have survived. He was particularly scarred by one incident after being caught trying to steal food for his pregnant sister. "They tortured me in front of my mother and forced her not to cry," he recalls. "If she had cried, they would have killed her. So she held back her tears. I wanted to kill them--it was unforgiveable."

After Vietnam invaded in early 1979,Youk's mother sent him to the Thai border, from where he found his way as a refugee to the US and an education. He worked as a community relations advisor to the Dallas police, and only re-established contact with his family in 1992 when he returned with the United Nations' Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) as an election
monitor. He later joined the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), a project initiated by Yale University's Cambodian Genocide Center. For the past six years, Youk has served as DC-Cam's executive director.

Like Germany's Nazis, the Khmer Rouge had a perverse propensity for recording their evil industry. DC-Cam has so far documented 19,466 mass graves and 169 places of imprisonment and torture. "There is an enormous amount of information from the Khmer Rouge period-papers, raw materials, and testimonies," he says. "We don't analyse any of the raw data. We just sort
and preserve it."

This information, already invaluable to Cambodia scholars, may next year finally be used in a long overdue UN-supported tribunal for the surviving Khmer Rouge leadership--who number perhaps only half a dozen, but include Nuon Chea, Pol Pot's deputy. "We have sufficient information for any tribunal to bring a case against any of them," asserts Youk. "We monitor their movements."

Ieng Sary, Khmer Rouge foreign minister and Pol Pot's brother-in-law, still travels regularly to Bangkok for medical treatment, but Youk doubts that any will stray further. "Who in the world would accept them?" he asks. "People are coming to understand that crimes against humanity have to be punished."

Says veteran US genocide scholar Craig Etcheson: "Youk Chhang personifies the qualities--transparency, integrity, non-partisan civic-mindedness and a commitment to genuine national reconciliation--that Cambodians must develop if their country is to transcend its tragic past, and move into a peaceful and democratic future." And some day not so far off, Youk's mother and other
Cambodians may have a better understanding not of just what happened but why it did."


Monday, February 2, 2004

The Politics of Humanitarianism
Prof. Michael Barnett

12:00-13:45. MIGS Workshop with Prof. Michael Barnett, Director, International Relations Program, University of Wisconsin, who will speak on “The Politics of Humanitarianism” in Room LB-608, the McConnell Library Bldg.

Also on Monday, 2 Feb, at 2:45 p.m., in the D. B. Clarke Theater, Hall Building, Prof. Barnett will present a public lecture, "When Humanitarian Organizations Go Bad."


Friday, November 14, 2003

Holocaust Education and Prejudice: The Swedish Experience
Åke Ramsten

12:00-1:45 p.m. MIGS Workshop with Åke Ramsten, Boras, Sweden, an innovator in Sweden’s program on teaching tolerance and anti-racism through the history of the Holocaust, who will speak on “Holocaust Education and Prejudice: The Swedish Experience,” Room LB 608, McConnell Library Bldg.


November 7 , 2003

Cambodia Today: Elections, Accountability and International Assistance
Ambassador Stefanie Beck
Canadian Ambassador to Cambodia Stefanie Beck Presenting MIGS Workshop

At 2:30 pm on Friday, 7 November, Canadian Ambassador Stefanie Beck will discuss “Cambodia Today: Elections, Accountability and International Assistance” in Room LB-608, the George Rudé Seminar Room. Amb. Beck joined the Department of External Affairs in 1990. She has served abroad in Sénégal and Australia. While in Ottawa, she served in several divisions, including general relations with Japan, Central and Eastern Europe, and most recently was Deputy Director of the United Nations Division. She commenced her tenure as ambassador to Cambodia in July 2002.


Wednesday, October 15, 2003

The Case of Leon Mugesera (Rwanda) and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Canada) before the Federal Court of Canada
Dr. William Schabas
Director, The Irish Centre for Human Rights and Professor of Human Rights Law

Prof. Schabas is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and edits the Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. Among his other books are Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 1997 (several editions). The Mugesera judgment is available at the following URL: http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fct/2003/2003fca325.html

For further information, please contact Prof. Frank Chalk at drfrank@alcor.concordia.ca


September 12, 2003

The Politics of Genocide Justice in Cambodia
Dr. Craig Etcheson
Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Washington, DC

CRAIG ETCHESON (Ph.D., Political Science, Univ. of Southern California) is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, and an advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. He was formerly an Associate Researcher at Yale University, where he served as the Program Manager and Acting Director of the Cambodian Genocide Program. He has lectured and published widely on genocide studies, and is the author of two books (The Rise and Demise of Democratic Kampuchea, Westview/Pinter, and Arms Race Theory, Greenwood). He has a third book (Crimes of the Khmer Rouge) in preparation for press, and a fourth nearing completion (Retribution and Reconciliation). Dr. Etcheson has worked extensively in Cambodia for ten years. Among his current activities, he directs an international law project funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace to investigate the attempt to establish a mixed national-international tribunal on war crimes in Cambodia, focusing particularly on the obstacles to date and the lessons that may be gleaned.

Click here for a PDF version of the paper


April 4, 2003

The Khmer Rouge, Women and the Family in Comparative Perspective
Zal Karkaria
MIGS Fellow and M.A. Candidate, Concordia University Department of History.

MIGS graduate research fellow ZAL KARKARIA is in the writing stage of his M.A. thesis (History) on the role of women under the Khmer Rouge. He spent the summer of 2002 in Cambodia conducting fieldwork through the Phnom Penh-based Documentation Center of Cambodia, and published an article in the Center's journal based on his research findings.

Abstract

From 1970 to 1979, revolution brought civil war and the radical rule of the Khmer Rouge (KR) communists to Cambodia. This paper uses interviews with former Khmer Rouge female cadres, KR documents and relevant secondary sources to evaluate the KR's policy on women during this period. The author contends that this policy represented a literal interpretation of Frederick Engels's theories on women and the family, as the Khmer Rouge attempted to sever the bonds of the Cambodian family. This study also compares the Khmer Rouge's approaches to women's issues and the recruitment of women, with that of the communist revolutionary movement in China. This comparison reveals that the Khmer Rouge's women's programme lacked the development, sophistication and organization of the Chinese movement and failed to attract women to its revolutionary cause. Four interconnected factors are specified for this failure on the part of the Khmer Rouge: 1) poor recruitment strategies; 2) the forced break up of families; 3) ineffective indoctrination of female recruits; 4) and a total failure to formulate an effective role for women in the revolution.

Click here for a PDF version of the paper


March 28, 2003

Missed Opportunities in Allied Radio Broadcasting to Hungary, 1944
Professor Frank Chalk
Co-Director, MIGS, and Department of History, Concordia University.

FRANK CHALK is Associate Professor of History at Concordia University and a founding Co-Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. With Kurt Jonassohn, he is the co-author of The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies (1990). Professor Chalk is a former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and the Canadian Association of African Studies. Professor Chalk's current project is a book on the role of radio broadcasting in the incitement and prevention of genocide.

Abstract

While the uses of radio in the incitement and possible prevention of the Rwanda genocide focused attention on radio broadcasting's uses in the rescue of potential victims of genocide, an older and less well known debate among scholars of the Holocaust had already covered many of the same issues. In the second edition of Britain and the Jews of Europe (1999), Bernard Wasserstein characterized the issue of Jewish rescue as a clash of priorities, a struggle between the Allies priority of victory and the Jews priority of survival. This clash, Wasserstein suggests, was "a natural result of discrepant interests." But, he asks, "was Britain's wartime policy towards the Jewish problem the only possible one compatible with the overriding end of victory?"

This talk examines British and American policies for BBC and VOA broadcasts to Hungary in 1944, before, during and after the deportation to their deaths in the gas chambers of Auschwitz of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews. It argues that British and American policy guidelines militated against singling out Hungarian Jews as special victims of the Nazis in favor of arousing indignation among Hungarian listeners against all forms of Hungarian cooperation with Germany. It explains why Anglo-American broadcasters focused on the conversion of Hungarian Christians to the Allied cause rather than encouraging active resistance to Nazi genocide among Hungarian Jews. And it contends that Allied broadcasts detailing the fate that awaited Jews sent to "labor in the East" might have contributed more to Allied victory and the survival of some of the Jews who were murdered in Auschwitz than broadcasts encouraging disaffection among Christian Hungarians.

The major sources for this research paper are the archival manuscript records of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the British Foreign Office, and the Political Warfare Executive for British policies, and the records of the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services for American policies.


March 21, 2003

Rue Amelot: The Rescue of Jewish Children as Resistance in France, 1940-1944
Christian DesRoches
MIGS Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Concordia University, Department of History

MIGS graduate research fellow CHRISTIAN A. DESROCHES is a PhD candidate in history at Concordia University, where he holds SSHRC and FRSC scholarships. Having recently completed his comprehensive doctoral examinations in the fields of comparative genocide studies and American history, Christian is currently working on a doctoral dissertation on U.S. foreign policy and the 1972-1974 genocide in Burundi. In May, he will embark on a research trip to Belgium, France, and Washington, D.C., where he will spend time as a visiting scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Abstract

A welfare and rescue group established in 1940 by representatives of several local immigrant social service centres, the Comité de la Rue Amelot was one of the several Jewish organizations that emerged in Paris under Nazi occupation. While it was originally established to coordinate the distribution of food, clothing, and health care for the Jewish population, Rue Amelot gradually drifted into clandestine operations, most notably through the rescue of Jewish children by secretly hiding them with gentile families. It is a story of rescue and resistance, but also one that shows the struggle between conflicting political factions among Parisian Jews and the painful divide between established French Jewry and recent Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, who were often the first to bear the brunt of Nazi persecution.

Click here for a PDF version of the paper


March 7, 2003

The Publication of Unpublished Holocaust Survivor Memoirs
Professors Kurt Jonassohn and Mervin Butovsky

KURT JONASSOHN , Professor of Sociology, is a founding member and
Co-Director of the Montreal Institute for Genoocide and Human Rights Studies
(MIGS). He has published, with Frank Chalk, The History and Sociology of
Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies and, with Karin Solveig Björnson,
Genocide and Human Rights Violations in Comparative Perspective, in addition
to journal articles and book chapters. He is also a Contributing Editor to
the Encyclopedia of Genocide. He is currently engaged, with Mervin Butovsky,
in collecting unpublished Holocaust survivor memoirs that are being made
available in the Concordia Archives and on this web site.

MERVIN BUTOVSKY, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Concordia
University, specializes in modern Jewish writing. He has published critical
essays on A. M. Klein and Irving Layton, and interviews with Canadian
Jewish writers including Henry Kreissel, Matt Cohen and Norman Levine. He
co-edited two volumes of studies on the history and culture of the Montreal
Jewish community. In conjunction with Kurt Jonassohn he has been involved
in a project of collecting , publishing and distributing the written
memoirs of Holocaust survivors living in Canada. To date they have
completed 42 such memoirs.

Abstract

This is the report of a project to collect and publish the memoirs of Holocaust survivors in Canada. This description is a follow-up on an earlier paper ("An Exploratory Study of Unpublished Holocaust Survivor Memoirs," Canadian Jewish Studies, Vols. 4-5 (1996-1997):
147-161) that detailed the methodology of the project. That methodology departs from standard research methods where the sample is specified in advance and respondents are presented with topics and/or questions selected by the researchers. In this project we were passive recipients of survivor memoirs that had been written, not for the project, but to inform family members (and especially grandchildren) of the Holocaust circumstances experienced by the grandparents. We had no role in the shaping of the witnesses' narratives. They were written to underscore the unique experiences they had encountered. The most surprising result of this project derives from the posting of these memoirs on the Internet (http://migs.concordia.ca/survivor.html). Unlike video collections and library holdings, Internet publication elicits a lively response from the readers. The nature of these responses will be described.


February 14, 2003

Scorched Ether: Radio Broadcasting in the Liberian Civil War
MIGS Fellow Michael A. Innes

MIGS Fellow MICHAEL A. INNES is finishing his M.A. in history at Concordia University, Montreal. His thesis, entitled "Warlord Radio, 1980-1997: Lessons From Liberia," examines the uses of radio broadcasting and propaganda in Liberia under Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor. While studying at Concordia, he has published work on genocide in Rwanda, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, military intervention, foreign policy, and historical memory. A Canadian Forces reservist, he is interested in international security issues including humanitarian intervention, ethnic militarism, internal war, and hate radio in conflict zones. In April he will be deploying on his second tour with the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Click here for a PDF version of the paper


February 07, 2003

Challenges Of Development: Mining Codes In Africa And Corporate Responsibility
Prof. Bonnie Campbell
Département de science politique Université du Québec à Montréal

BONNIE CAMPBELL earned her Ph.D. in Development Studies
and Economics at Sussex University. She is the author of over sixty articles
in such journals as Politique Africain, the Journal of Modern African
Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and is the author or
editor of six volumes, including Structural Adjustment in Africa (1989) and
Political Dimensions of the International Debt Crisis (1989).

Click here for a PDF version of the paper


January 24, 2003

Precursors of Annihilating Violence: Pan-Turkism and Pan-Germanism Compared
Prof. Meir Amor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University

MEIR AMOR earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Toronto
with a dissertation on "State persecution and vulnerability: a comparative
historical analysis of violent ethnocentrism." An assistant professor in
Concordia's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, his courses at
Concordia include race and ethnic relations. Prof. Amor's paper on
"Minorities, Expulsions and State Persecution" is scheduled for publication
in the September 2003 issue of the Journal of Genocide Studies.

Abstract

Precursors of Annihilating Violence: Pan-Turkism and Pan-Germanism Compared

This research compares the historical contexts of the Pan-Turkish and the Pan-German social movements. It suggests that there were close correlations between the movements’ ideologies and the annihilating violence perpetrated by the Young-Turks and the Nazi regimes. These murderous policies characterized the actions of these regimes with respect to the Armenian and the Jewish minorities.

The correlation between the Pan social movements ideologies and the actions of the Young Turks and the Nazis are overwhelmingly close. The people who seized state power in Turkey and Germany, who were able to materialize racial ideologies as their respective states’ policies, and in due course, perpetrated a genocide against a domesticated minority, had close acquaintances with the teaching and actions of the Pan social movements advocates. Despite these historically known close associations, there are a few works which actually compare the history of the Pan-Turkish and the Pan-German movements and ideologies.

• What were the ideas that populated the minds of the intellectual advocates of the Pan-Turkish and the Pan-German movements?

• Were there any similar political, social and cultural developments in these societies?

• Were there any similarities in the historical experiences of these two countries, states, nations and societies?

• Were these similarities conducive to the appearance of these Pan movements?

• Why was there a close associations between the idea of a Pan social movement and the development of an annihilating ethnic violence?

The presentation suggests some homologies and many analogies of ideology, historical experience, structure of society, projected images espoused by Pan-Turkish and Pan-German movements and clear similarities with regard to attitudes toward ethnic minorities. These five fields of comparison point at a limited commonality in the origin and content of annihilating ethnic violence. This however, is not to claim that similarity is an equation. There were important differences which were articulated in debates concerning the peculiar way of Germany in history and the role function or intention had played in the perpetration of the Holocaust. This presentation’s claim for distinction is rooted in its comparative historical method. It claims that such a research strategy brings a different set of insights into the above debates and arguments.


November 29, 2002

ENEMIES OF THE REVOLUTION: RADIO, PROPAGANDA, AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN SAMUEL DOE'S LIBERIA, 1980-1989

MIGS Graduate Research Fellow MICHAEL INNES is currently in the final stages
of writing his M.A. thesis, entitled "Fear and Loathing on the Ethereal
Channel: Radio Broadcasting, National Development, and Ethnic Conflict in
Liberia, 1980-1997," based on his survey of Foreign Broadcast Information
Service and BBC Monitoring transcripts of Liberian radio broadcasts. During
his time as a graduate student in Concordia University's History Graduate
program, he has published articles, essays, and reviews in Cultural Survival
Quarterly, Transitions Online/Balkan Reconstruction Report, the Journal of
Humanitarian Assistance, and the SAIS Review. He is currently sorting out
which of his many research interests will become the basis for future
doctoral work, in addition to fulfilling his duties as a Canadian Forces
reservist.

Click here for a PDF version of the abstract

Click here for a PDF version of the paper


November 01, 2002

WAR CRIMINALS, REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA
TOM QUIGGIN, RCMP, Ottawa, and
KIM MANCINI, Legal Officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

TOM QUIGGIN (Hon, MA, CD) has worked as a contract research analyst for the
RCMP War Crimes Unit in Ottawa and currently works in the area of
intelligence and Canada's national security. A former military intelligence
officer with service in Ex-Yugoslavia (1994), he has also been an election
supervisor with the OSCE in Bosnia and an arms control inspector under the
Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty and the Vienna Document. He has also
worked for the International War Crimes Tribunal as an analyst in the Office
of the Prosecutor. Since 1999, he has worked extensively in Canada's modern
war crimes program, including contract work with the RCMP and Citizenship
and Immigration.

KIM MANCINI, member of the Barreau du Québec since 1994, is Legal Officer
for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR is the UN
agency responsible for protecting refugees worldwide and mandated to monitor
the application by States of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of
refugees. Ms Mancini has worked in Montreal since 1998 and also completed a
short-term mission in Beirut, Lebanon in 2000. She advises UNHCR on law,
policy and practice that affect asylum-seekers and refugees in Canada and
conformity with international refugee protection standards. Additionally,
Ms. Mancini represents UNHCR in Quebec vis-à-vis its governmental and
non-governmental counterparts engaged in refugee protection.

The Fifth Annual Report of Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes
Program, covering the year 2001-2002, was released on 11 October 2002, and
it will be one of the documents discussed at the Workshop. It is is available for
printing or downloading at:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pub/war2002/section01.html (and subsequent sections).

"Lacking Conviction," a relevant article by Juliet O'Neill on the failure of
the Canadian Government strategy for pursuing killers, torturers, and other
fugitives accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity , which appeared
in the Ottawa Citizen, April 13, 2002. Click here for a pdf.


11 October 2002

FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT'S DECISION TO INTERN JAPANESE AMERICANS
Prof. Greg Robinson
Department of History, l'Université du Québec à Montréal

GREG ROBINSON is the author of By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (Harvard University Press, 2001), which spent four months on Academia magazine's University Press Best-Seller list, as well as Associate Editor of The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History. He received his doctorate in American History at New York University, and is Assistant Professor of History at l'Université du Québec à Montréal. His current research traces interactions between Japanese Americans and black Americans in the 1940s.


27 September 2002

THE MEN OF JULY 20 AND THE JEWS: A CASE OF LATE MORAL ACTION
Dr. Abe Tarasofsky
Statistics Canada, Ottawa

ABE TARSOFSKY, Ph.D. Economics, McGill, is a senior advisor in National Accounts and Business Statistics at Statistics Canada in Ottawa. Before coming to StatsCan, he was Senior Economist at the Economic Council of Canada. Prior to that, he served as an Associate Professor of Economics at Concordia University. He has had a life long interest in the
history of the Second World War and a special interest in moral courage in this context. This has led him to read and think extensively on the German resistance to Hitler.


18 January 2002

THE 1969 UNITED KINGDOM GENOCIDE ACT: ORIGINS AND SIGNIFICANCE (html version)

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Paper presented by Professor Frank Chalk, Department of History, Concordia University, and Co-Director, MIGS


1 February 2002

A NEW ERA OF ABORIGINAL CONTROL AND PARTICIPATION IN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN THE TORRES STRAIT, NORTHERN AUSTRALIA (html version)

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Paper presented by Professor Monica Mulrennan, Department of Geography, Concordia Univesity


8 February 2002 at 10:00 A.M. (this is an exception)

THE QUESTION OF COMPLICITY IN GENOCIDE: KEY NORMATIVE AND ANALYTIC THEMES (html version)

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Paper presented by Professor Peter Stoett, Department of Political Science, Concordia University


1 March 2002

POLICING AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA: AN HISTORICAL PERSECTIVE

Paper presented by Professor Gary Kynoch, Department of History, Concordia University

 

 

8 March 2002 at 10:00 A.M. (this is an exception)

WEALTH AND POVERTY IN THE NIGER DELTA: AN INQUIRY INTO THE PRACTICES OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL AND COROPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Paper presented by Professor Fred Bird, Department of Religion, Concordia University

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