CFP: Britain and Genocide in the 1990s

This inter-disciplinary conference, to be held at Northumbria University, will focus on Britain’s response to the challenges posed by genocide in the 1990s and try to examine their consequences and aftermaths. “Britain” here is defined widely to include government, NGOs, media, the public and other actors. It will look at Britain’s practical response to crises (e.g. military intervention, the work of NGOs), Britain’s role in influencing the international debate on intervention and the development of the intellectual argument surrounding the response to ethnic cleansing and genocide.

The conference aims to identify patterns and contrasts in the response to incidents of genocide and ethnic cleansing and to explore the legacy of the decade. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Foreign policy making in response to genocide
  • Britain at the United Nations
  • Media coverage and other representations
  • The impact of crises on Britain’s diplomatic relationships
  • The work of non-governmental organisations
  • Public attitudes towards intervention
  • The role of race thinking in conceptualising crises
  • Parliamentary debate
  • Prosecuting the perpetrators of genocide
  • The reception of refugees into Britain
  • The legacy of the 1990s on future interventions
  • The development of a particular Holocaust memory during the decade

Comparative papers that explore the response to more than one crisis are especially welcome; however, papers focussed on the response to one particular crisis will also be accepted. Papers, covering violence in any geographic region, are encouraged from all disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite abstracts for 20 minute papers. Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to Dr Dean White at”> by 30 June 2014. Please also include a biography of no more than 200 words.

The conference will be held at Northumbria University (Newcastle) on 13 January 2015.

Dean White

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