Thematic Issue of the Journal of Genocide Research (JGR)
Settlers, Imperialism, Genocide
Colonialism played a central role in the thinking and work of the Polish-Jewish specialist in international law Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) who coined the term “genocide” in 1944. It was not least the study of colonial mass murders that provided Lemkin with a conceptual framework for analysing the German policy of occupation and extermination in Eastern Europe during World War II.
Until recently however, most scholars have ignored the relationship between the phenomenona colonialism and genocide. Colonial atrocities as for example the "first genocide of the 20th century" (Zimmerer) against the Herero and Nama in German Southwest-Africa 1904-08 or the wars of extermination against indigenous peoples in the Americas and in Australia are often still labelled as "pre-modern mass murders". Unlike the murder of the Anatolian Armenians 1915-17 and the Holocaust, these events have so far not been subsumed under the category of genocide. Or if so, this remains highly disputed. Therefore more empirical research is needed on the relationship between settlers, imperialism and genocide.
The recent studies and pioneering works of A. Dirk Moses, Patrick Wolfe and others have led to a paradigmatic change in both colonial history and genocide scholarship by highlighting settler colonialism's genocidal tendencies (see, e.g., Patrick Wolfe, "Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native" in Journal of Genocide Research 9 (2006) Nr. 4, 387-409). However it seems that this has not yet been fully adopted by genocide scholarship. To foster and broaden the discussion on settlers, imperialism and genocide the editors of the Journal of Genocide Research are therefore inviting papers for a thematic issue devoted to this topic.
We welcome original and innovative theoretical papers as well as case studies ranging geographically from Australia to the Americas and from early contact to the 20th century. After initial editor screening, all submissions will undergo peer review.
Proposals (max 1.5 pages) for papers should be submitted together with a short curriculum vitae by June 15, 2007 to both
Dominik J. Schaller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Jürgen Zimmerer (email@example.com)
The articles, which should be a maximum of 8500 words including documentation, will be due at December 1, 2007.
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