ANN: "Holocaust, Empire and Colonial Genocide - Divergence or Continuation of Previous Patterns of Violence?" Online Panel

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November 13, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

Holocaust, Empire and Colonial Genocide
Divergence or continuation of previous patterns of violence?

13 November 2020, 18:00 CET

In recent years, scholars have rediscovered Hannah Arendt’s "boomerang thesis", as well as Raphael Lemkin’s work around his definition of genocide, notably its colonial dimensions. These developments have led to a burgeoning literature on the colonial aspects of the Holocaust, as well as the genocidal nature of European colonialism. However, many historians still question whether the Holocaust constituted a divergence or a continuation of previous patterns of violence perpetrated by European powers.

As part of the workshop "Colonial Paradigms of Violence: Comparative Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Killing," our digital panel will discuss the relationship between the Holocaust and imperial and colonial violence and the future of the long-standing comparability debate.

Panel with Carroll P. Kakel (Johns Hopkins University), Tom Lawson (Northumbria University) and Ulrike Lindner (University of Cologne). Chair: Rachel O'Sullivan (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History) and | und Michelle Gordon (Uppsala University).

You are invited to join the panel via Zoom

You will require a link to join the Zoom meeting. In order to receive this, please register for the event by sending an email to zfhs[at]