17 December 2019

Dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör has been appointed to senior researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and to the Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The special chair was established by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW).

Üngör is a specialist in comparative genocide studies and will play a central role as senior researcher and as professor in research and teaching in this field, in particular the international Master’s program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the UvA.

He will also have an important role in scholarly and societal discussions in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In addition Üngör will lead the Holocaust and Genocide Studies team at NIOD. The tasks in this area have been assigned to the NIOD by virtue of a ministerial decision of May 2001, as a result of the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust (2000).

About Dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör
Uğur Ümit Üngör (1980) is a specialist in the field of the study of mass violence, civil wars, and comparative genocide studies, including the Holocaust. He obtained his PhD (cum laude) in 2009 at the University of Amsterdam with the thesis Young Turk Social Engineering: Mass Violence and the Nation State in Eastern Turkey, 1913-1950.

Currently, Üngör is still Associate Professor of History at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, as well as a research fellow at NIOD. He previously worked as a Lecturer at the Department of History of the University of Sheffield and as a postdoc research fellow at the Centre for War Studies at University College Dublin. He was a guest researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (2014) and Central European University in Budapest (2016), and a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles (2019).

His most important publications are Genocide: New Perspectives on its Causes, Courses and Consequences (Amsterdam University Press, 2016, ed.), Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Continuum, 2011), and The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2011). Üngör has also published on genocides in Rwanda, the Balkans, and in Iraq and Syria.

Üngör is an editor of the Journal of Perpetrator Research and coordinator of the Syrian Oral History Project at the NIOD. From 2014 to 2019, Üngör coordinated a Dutch Research Council-funded research project on paramilitarism, which led to the monograph Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Üngör has been widely acknowledged for his research contributions. In addition to an NWO Vidi grant (2014), he received various other grants, subsidies, and prizes, including an NWO Refugees in Science grant (2018), the Heineken Young Scientist Award (2012), the Keetje Hodshon Prize (KHMW, 2011), and an Erasmus prize (2010).

In 2017, Uğur Ümit Üngör advised the Dutch House of Representatives on the use of the term genocide. He recommended recognizing well-researched genocides as such, but also stressed that politicians should be aware of the restrictions and risks in the use of the term genocide. He also emphasized the need to keep genocide on the agenda of the public debate in the Netherlands, Europe and the world.

Dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör

About the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies conducts academic research on war, Holocaust, and genocide. The central question is the effect of wars, the Holocaust and other genocides on individuals and societies. The NIOD also makes archives and collections about war, the Second World War in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies, the Holocaust and other genocides in the 20th and 21st century available to all interested parties.

About the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands. The Academy was founded in 1808 as an advisory body to the Dutch Government – a role that it continues to play today. The Academy derives its authority from the quality of its members, who represent the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly endeavour and are selected on the basis of their achievements. It is also responsible for fourteen internationally renowned institutes whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship.

About the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA)
This broad faculty not only accommodates a range of established and venerable disciplines - such as foreign languages, Dutch, history, art sciences, archaeology, religious studies and philosophy - but also young, pioneering fields such as new media, digital humanities, conservation and restoration. Nationally, the faculty profiles itself with a wide range of teaching, in the tradition of the classical broad university. At the same time, the Faculty strives for innovation through progressive research, intensive cooperation and interdisciplinarity.