International Conference organized by NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in collaboration with IMIS University of Osnabrück
Amsterdam, December 8-9 2019
Since its foundation in May 1945 the NIOD in Amsterdam has studied war and genocide in their societal context, originally focusing on the experience and legacy of the Second World War. The present NIOD research program War and Society specifically studies the beginnings, developments and (long term) effects of wars and mass violence on societies and the individual. It aims to further academic insights and to inspire societal reflection on the challenges we face in our time.
Some of the most pressing current challenges are the various crises of mass displacement caused by extremely violent conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the consequences of which are affecting societies locally and globally. In the public debate, these phenomena often are perceived as immediate threats (like fear of terrorism) or instant humanitarian emergencies. We feel the urge to take up Peter Gatrell’s question ‘how to write displacement into the history of genocide’ and complement it with the history of war: how can we write displacement into the history of war and genocide in order to reach better understand our current world ?
This conference thus aims at connecting research on war, mass violence and genocide with migration research hoping to deepen the dialogue between two disciplines that often look at similar phenomena but from different perspectives. Talking across disciplines may help unlock empirical, epistemological and methodological synergies and advance research on forced migration and its aftermath. Linking up with the Institute for Migration Studies (IMIS) of the University of Osnabrück NIOD hopes to create a strong point of departure to invite scholars to explore integrated perspectives on war and displacement.