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Session D1 4: Roundtable: New Books in Genocide and Perpetrator Studies
Monday, 19/July/2021:
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Session Chair: Timothy Williams, Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany
Location: Room 4


Roundtable: New Books in Genocide and Perpetrator Studies

Chair(s): Timothy Williams (Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany)

Why do people participate in genocide and what motivates them? Why do other individuals not participate? How do perpetrators locate themselves within and interact with normative discourses at the societal level? Why does genocide even occur and what differences can be seen in various communities? These questions are fundamental to our understanding of genocide and are addressed from different perspectives in three recently published books. Kjell Anderson (Perpetrating Genocide: A Criminological Account, Routledge 2019), Omar McDoom (The Path to Genocide in Rwanda. Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State, Cambridge UP 2020) and Timothy Williams (The Complexity of Evil. Perpetration and Genocide, Rutgers University Press 2021) each in their own unique way contribute to the interdisciplinary debate by making new arguments at the micro-, meso- and macro-levels. These books all strive for systematic and comparative explanations that challenge some of the field’s current thinking. Each also provides nuanced empirical insights from Rwanda or Cambodia, as well as Burundi, Bosnia, Bangladesh, the Holocaust and Iraq. This roundtable will bring the three authors into a discussion with each other on their own new perspectives. Anderson, McDoom and Williams will engage in a discussion about shared ideas as well as points of dissent in order to highlight what new directions their research opens up for the study of genocide and perpetrators. The roundtable will be moderated by Hollie Nyseth Brehm.


Presentations of the Symposium


Roundtable: New Books in Genocide and Perpetrator Studies

Timothy Williams1, Omar McDoom2, Kjell Anderson3, Hollie Nyseth Brehm4
1Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany, 2London School of Economics, UK, 3University of Manitoba, Canada, 4Ohio State University

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