Lemkin Book Award - Call for Nominations

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The Institute for the Study of Genocide

*Call for nominations*

The Institute for the Study of Genocide’s Lemkin Book Award honors
Raphael Lemkin, the originator of the concept of genocide and first
exponent of a United Nations Genocide Convention. The biennial award
recognizes the best non-fiction book published in English or
translated into English that focuses on explanations of genocide,
crimes against humanity, state mass killings and gross violations of
human rights, and strategies to prevent such crimes and violations.

The 2019 award cycle covers books published in 2017 and 2018. We are
now accepting nominations for books published in the 2017 calendar
year (January 1st-December 31, 2017).

The award consists of a citation and honorarium, and the winner is
invited to deliver a public address in New York at a meeting convened
by the Institute.


Nomination Instructions:

 We are accepting books published in the 2017 calendar year (January 1
- December 31, 2017).

Publishers may nominate multiple books.

Edited volumes, memoirs, poetry, fiction and drama are excluded.

Nominated books must be submitted by February 1, 2018.

Prior to sending books, please contact Professor Ernesto Verdeja
(everdeja@nd.edu) to confirm their eligibility.


The current (2017) award winner is:

Benjamin Madley, "An American Genocide: The United States and the
California Indian Catastrophe" (Yale, 2016)

Previous winners are:

2015: Mark Levene, “The Crisis of Genocide,” 2 vols. (Oxford, 2014)

2013: Yang Jisheng, “Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962”
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012)

2011: Emma Gilligan “Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of
Civilians in War" (Princeton, 2009)

2009: Darius Rejali "Torture and Democracy" (Princeton, 2007)

 2007: Donald Bloxham "The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism,
Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians" (Oxford,

2005: Peter Balakian "The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and
America's Response" (Harper Collins, 2003)

2003: Samantha Power "A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of
Genocide" (Harper Perennial, 2002)

2000: Alison Des Forges "Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in
Rwanda" (Human Rights Watch and FIDH, 1999)

More information on the Institute for the Study of Genocide is available here:


Ernesto Verdeja
Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Genocide

Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame