9 april 2021
Live stream from De Balie Amsterdam

Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Looking Backward, Moving Forward. 
A hybrid expert symposium, Amsterdam 9th April 2021, 12.30 - 18.00 hrs (GMT+2)

To mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the domain of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the NIOD and the University of Amsterdam this symposium takes stock of the accomplishments of the past, and draws up a vision for the future. One of the important aims of this symposium is to bring together the very sizeable and sophisticated body of knowledge in the study of war, genocide and Holocaust, and their respective intellectual communities, which up to now tend to remain bounded and distant from each other. The event will be broadcasted at De Balie in Amsterdam and can be followed online. Key notes by Carol Gluck, Amos Goldberg, Stathis Kalyvas, Siniša Malešević and Dirk Moses, and contributions by Nanci Adler, Jolle Demmers, Eva Kovacs, Omar McDoom, Kristin Platt, Ismee Tames and Uğur Ümit Üngör.

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Programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Looking Backward, Moving Forward. 

  • 12:30-14:00 – Session 1
  • 14:15-15:30 – Session 2
  • 15:45-17:00 – Session 3
  • 17:15-18:00 – Session 4


  • 12:30-12:35 – Welcome by Frank van Vree, director NIOD
  • 12:35-12:45 – Opening address by Nanci Adler, programme director Genocide Studies, NIOD

Session 1: Contexts: Is the Holocaust a universal history and a global memory?

  • 12:45-12:50 – Introduction by Uğur Ümit Üngör (NIOD)
  • 12:50-13:15 – Keynote by Amos Goldberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • 13:15-13:25 – Response by Eva Kovacs (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies)
  • 13:25-13:35 – Response by Kristin Platt (Ruhr-Universität  Bochum)
  • 13:35-14:00 – Discussion between Goldberg, Kovacs, and Platt hosted by Üngör with Laurien Vastenhout (researcher, NIOD)

Break until 14:15

Session 2: Connections: How are war and genocide related?

  • 14:15-14:20 – Introduction by Uğur Ümit Üngör
  • 14:20-14:45 – Keynote by Stathis Kalyvas (University of Oxford)
  • 14:45-14:55 – Response by Ismee Tames (Programme Leader War & Society, NIOD)
  • 14:55-15:05 – Response by Jolle Demmers (University of Utrecht
  • 15:05-15:30 – Discussion between Kalyvas, Tames and Demmers hosted by Üngör with Thijs Bouwknegt (researcher, NIOD)

Break until 15:45

Session 3: Chronicles: What is the future of genocide research?

  • 15:45-15:50 – Introduction by Uğur Ümit Üngör
  • 15:50-16:15 – Keynote by Dirk Moses (University of North Carolina)
  • 16:15-16:25 – Response by Uğur Ümit Üngör
  • 16:25-16:35 – Response by Omar McDoom (London School of Economics)
  • 16:35-17:00 – Discussion between Moses, Üngör, McDoom and Nanci Adler

Break until 17:15

Session 4: Reflections

  • 17:15-17:20 – Introduction by Uğur Ümit Üngör    
  • 17:20-17:35 – Reflection 1 Keynote: Holocaust, Genocide and Transitional Justice by Carol Gluck (Columbia University)
  • 17:35-17:40 – Response by Uğur Ümit Üngör
  • 17:40-17:55 – Reflection ‘The Sociology of Genocide by Siniša Malešević (University College Dublin)
  • 17:55-18:00 – Wrap up by Uğur Ümit Üngör


Red Terror victims Ethiopia (photo: Thijs Bouwknegt)