2023 Genocide and Human Rights University Program Registrations Open Now! (Focus on SEAsia)

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The Zoryan Institute is thrilled to announce that after two years of hosting the program virtually, the 2023 Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) will be taking place in person at the University of Toronto! Registration for the 2023 GHRUP is open now until April 30th.

The program is an intensive course taught by 17 leading experts in the field of genocide studies, that takes place over  a two-week period, from July 31 - August 11, 2023. It is one of the first programs of its kind to explore and analyze  instances of genocide through a comparative and interdisciplinary lens, by studying important themes and select case studies, which vary from year to year.

The GHRUP aims to encourage a new generation of scholars to be engaged in the field of genocide and human rights studies. Since its inception in 2002, the program has welcomed over 450 students from over 47 different countries around the world. Over time, the graduates from this program have created an expansive and diverse network of genocide scholars, students, researchers, activists, lawyers, and educators who continue to make incredible contributions to the field, and to humanity at large.

Our 2023 syallbus will cover genocides that occured and are occuring within the South East Asian region - the Cambodian Genocide and the Uyghurs. The class on the Cambodian Genocide will explore the genocide in-depth and how the Khmer Rouge violently attempted to reshape Cambodia to fit the extreme collectivist and exclusionary conception of revolutionary Kampuchea. Our class on the Uyghurs will explore the ongoing Uyghur crisis in relation to the broader socio-political history of the region. Exploring some of the official policies that make the case of Uyghurs distinctive from the comparative perspective. Finally, the class look at the judgment of Uyghur tribunal to understand the legal logics that seek to capture the evolving nature of genocidal violence in our interconnected yet profoundly divided world today. Therefore, we particuarlly encourage those from South East Asia to apply, so the voices and opinions of those closest to those tradgegies can be heard.

One of the strengths of the course was bringing in people from all areas of study. Not just the presenters, but also students, who have such a vast background and can provide other insights into genocide and human rights that others in certain fields may not have considered before.

- 2021 Graduate

Interested students can submit an application to the program through the “Apply Now” page on our website. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2023. For more information please visit www.genocidestudies.org, or contact admin@genocidestudies.org.

Is there something wrong here? The announcement talks about China's Uyghur genocide, but then says "Therefore, we particularly encourage those from South East Asia to apply" even though the Uyghurs are in Central Asia and East Asia. Did you mean to say East/Central/Southeast Asia?

Also I am wondering about the role of William Schabas, who is listed on your Institute's webpage as a genocide expert, while nothing is said about how he has been severely rebuked by fellow genocide scholars, for shockingly defending the Myanmar regime, against the accusation of genocide in the Hague: https://www.genocidewatch.com/single-post/five-iags-presidents-rebuke-sc... -- Since then he has also co-authored an article with a pro-China advocate, to deny the Chinese genocide against the Uyghurs, thus setting a pattern of genocide denialism. In the course I teach on genocide at Cornell, I no longer include Schabas in the bibliography. Is Schabas part of your program 2023? (the program seems not yet listed).

Magnus Fiskesjö
Cornell University