In June 2007 a group of young scholars from the Karman Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Bern hold an international, interdisciplinary workshop on the denial of genocide in legal and public discourse.
The motive for the workshop was based on the question; if the denial of genocide ought to be considered a criminal act or not. This examination was set against the background of an ongoing debate driven by the schism between the claim for freedom of speech versus the protection of the victims of mass violence and their descendants. The workshop attempted to give a forum to an open discussion, where young scholars from various backgrounds got an opportunity to discuss different perspectives and approaches to a contested issue.
A publication of the contributions is still on the agenda. We do have a publisher but fair contributions are missing. However, the topic of genocide denial is of high relevance as it was visible for instance in the debate on holocaust denial on facebook or the debate on the lifting of the excommunication of Bishop Williamson, who is a Holocaust denier, by Pope Benedict XVI.
Interesting and substantial contributions (in English or German) are welcome. Please, send an abstract (not more than 500 words) until August 7, 2009. We will inform you if your abstract has been accepted by September 1, 2009. Then we will give you all needed information in detail concerning our proceeding and time schedule. We are planning to publish the book in summer/autumn 2010. Therefore, we would need the papers by February 2010.
Editors: Jenny Tillmanns (Karman Center, University of Bern) and Martino Mona (Law Faculty, University of Bern)
Karman Center for Advanced Studies
in the Humanities
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