Genocide_Studies is a new mailing list on Topica.com (see http://www.topica.com/lists/genocide_studies) that seeks to broaden the discussion of genocide with an open forum on genocides past and present. Some of the themes to be addressed are: the causes of genocide; genocide scholars and scholarship; definitional debates; and current or potential genocides around the world. Our aim is to promote the maximum diversity of opinion and political belief on the mailing list. The list will be "lightly" moderated; only posts that are racist or obscene, promote holocaust denial, are commercial in character, or are "spam" will be rejected outright, or forwarded to the (still-evolving) board of editorial advisors for a verdict.
Genocide_Studies has been established by a small group of individuals who have grown increasingly exasperated by the decisions of the editorial board that controls, and in our view too frequently rejects, attempted postings to the H-Genocide mailing list. (See http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~genocide/). For an overview of the most recent controversy, concerning the impact of the U.S. bombing campaign against Afghanistan, see http://adamjones.freeservers.com/h-genocide.html.) However, as mentioned, we wish only to supplement, and not to supplant, the H-Genocide list. How do we differ?
First, Genocide_Studies will have a more overtly activist character than H-Genocide or H-Holocaust (see http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~holoweb/). We welcome calls to action, genocide alerts, news of genocide-related activist initiatives, and so on. We also welcome discussions regarding circumstances and situations which may not yet be genocide, but have some of the characteristics or may be in the early stages.
Second, Genocide_Studies will serve as an alternative outlet for posts rejected by the H-Genocide editorial board. If your post has been rejected on the grounds of length, "appropriateness," "America-bashing," or "erroneous" interpretations of the genocide framework, please consider sending it to us, with a note indicating its rejection by H-Genocide. It is almost certain that we will distribute the post and archive it on our site.
Lastly, we encourage critical and cutting-edge thought and commentary about genocide that does not necessarily respect the designation of certain countries, especially western ones, as "sacred cows" in discussing past, present, and potential genocides.
We hope to coexist constructively with both H-Genocide and H-Holocaust, and we discourage subscribers from cross-posting to two or more or these lists. To subscribe to Genocide_Studies, follow the link given above, or send an e-mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or comments about the list, please contact Adam Jones at email@example.com.
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