The Concept of Genocide and the Foundation of the Postwar OrderMade possible by a grant from the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and Dept. of History

A presentation by A. Dirk Moses, Dept. of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence.

The Concept of Genocide and the Foundation of the Postwar Order

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
4:00 PM

6275 Bunche Hall

The ensemble of measures enacted by the international community after the Second World War known as the "human rights revolution"--the human rights declaration, genocide, refugee and Geneva conventions--are commonly regarded as inaugurating a world-historically significant humanization of international relations. This paper places these measures, and particularly the negotiations for the genocide convention, in the context of contemporaneous events, like the partitions of Europe, India, and Palestine, to argue how they intersected in surprising ways of lasting significance.

A. Dirk Moses took up the Chair in Global and Colonial History at the European University Institute, Florence, in January 2011 after eleven years at the University of Sydney, where he remains a member of its department of history. A native of Brisbane, Australia, he was educated at the Universities of Queensland (B.A. 1987), St. Andrews (M.Phil. 1990), Notre Dame (M.A. 1994), and California, Berkeley (Ph.D. 2000). Before coming to Sydney, he was a research fellow at the University of Freiburg where he worked on postwar German debates about the recent past, a project that appeared as German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past (Cambridge, 2007), winner of the H-Soz-u-Kult ‘The Historical Book of the Year’ prize for contemporary History. All the while, Dirk has pursued a parallel interest in genocide in colonial contexts, on which he has published many articles, book chapters, and edited books, including the prize-winning Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation and Subaltern Resistance in World History (Berghahn 2008/pbk 2009). Most recently, he has co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies (2010) and Colonial Counterinsurgency and Mass Violence: The Dutch Empire in Indonesia (2014).

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