12 September 2018
Aula, University of Amsterdam, Singel 411 in Amsterdam

Time: 15:30

The American political scientist Scott Straus will hold the NIOD annual lecture in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2018 on Wednesday 12 September.

Image credits: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Bell Gallery, London Aboudia Daloa 29, 2011 Acrylic & mixed media on canvas 400x180 cm (00164)

In his lecture Rethinking the Origins of Genocide: Evidence from Africa and Implications for Prevention Straus will analyse cases that nearly resulted in genocide but did not.

Most comparative research on genocide compares mass atrocities to mass atrocities. In this talk, Straus will argue for a different approach: studying negative cases. Using evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa, Straus analyses cases that nearly resulted in genocide but did not. Comparing those cases to ones that did result in genocide, Straus develops an original theory of genocide and discusses the implications for genocide prevention.


Scott Straus (1970) is a political scientist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work focuses on the subjects genocide, human rights, African politics and violence. Straus is author of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda (2006) with which he won several awards. His most recent work is Making and Unmaking Nations. War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (2015).