The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a locus for research and teaching on the Holocaust, genocides, and events of mass violence as well as on the memory and representation of these historical occurrences.
Each year the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS) at UMass Amherst will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the Five Colleges to explore a broad topic. In the academic year 2018-2019 this group of IHGMS Fellows is exploring the topic of “1948: A Global History.”
The workshop seeks to take stock of innovative recent research on the war, its origins, and consequences as well as to open new avenues of research and interpretation. The research on the history and memory of the 1948 war in Palestine and Israel and its origins has seen tremendous innovation in recent years.
IHGMS will be participating in the Genocide in Twentieth-Century History: The Power and the Problems of an Interpretive, Ethical-Political, and Legal Concept conference at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, October 19-20. Co-presented by Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (University of Alberta) and Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (University of Toronto), the conference will focus on how the concept of “genocide,” differentiated and contested from its inception, evolved and adapted in the face of a rapidly growing body of research that surged after the 1980s.
Each year IHGMS will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the Five Colleges to explore a broad topic. In the academic year 2018-2019 this group of IHGMS Fellows is exploring the topic of “1948: A Global History.” The project organizers are Alon Confino (director of the Institute and professor of History and of Judaic Studies at UMass) and Daniel Gordon (professor of history at UMass).