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Annual Lecture in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2022

On December 1, 2022, Omar McDoom (London School of Economics) will give the Annual Lecture in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2022 in Amsterdam. His lecture is titled ‘Elites, Emotions, and Extremism in Genocides and Mass Killings: Insights from Rwanda’.

Is genocide the product of elite calculation from above or popular pressure from below? Should we think of genocide as a rational choice or an emotional reaction? Is extremism a cause or is it a consequence of genocidal violence? Omar Shahabudin McDoom tackles these three longstanding debates in theorization on genocides and offers a fresh take using new and original evidence from the tragic events that befell Rwanda in 1994.

About Omar McDoom

Omar Shahabudin McDoom is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. He is the author of The Path to Genocide in Rwanda: Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State (Cambridge University Press 2021).


Please register to attend this lecture via e-mail:


14:45: Doors open

15:00: Lecture by Omar McDoom

16:00: Q&A

17:00: Reception

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