Call for chapters: The Death of the Perpetrator

The Death of the Perpetrator: Execution, suicide, identification, concealment, exhibition will be a new anthology by editor Sévane Gariban to be published with Editions Petra.

This edited volume will seek to radically reverse the terms of the question of the treatment of bodies of mass violence by focusing on another gap in our thinking, a “taboo within a taboo”: the question of the treatment of the bodies of the perpetrators following mass violence and genocide (dictators, mass criminals, genocidaires) in the event of their (being put to) death. This approach may be applied to such diverse situations as the executions of Talaat Pasha, Benito Mussolini, and high-ranking Nazi officials; the deaths of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Slobodan Milosevic; the executions of Nicolae Ceausescu, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi; or, in the distinct context of international terrorism, the hunting-down and elimination of Osama bin Laden.

The analytical and theoretical tools necessary to place the fate of the bodies of criminals (whether infamous or “anonymous”) within a qualitative, comparative and interdisciplinary framework will be developed, with the objective of clarifying the specific questions and issues raised by the (putting to) death of the perpetrator in the context of the need for justice, reparation and reconciliation.

The editor welcomes chapter proposals which must be sent at the latest by 15 April 2013 to the following email:

To view the full Call for Chapters, please see here.

Book release: Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Fournet bookGenocide and Crimes Against Humanity: Misconceptions and Confusion in French Law and Practice, by Caroline Fournet, explores the ambiguities of the French law of genocide by exposing the inexplicable dichotomy between a progressive theory and an overly conservative practice. Based on the observation that the crime of genocide has remained absent from French courtrooms to the benefit of crimes against humanity, this research dissects the reasons for this absence, reviewing and analysing the potential legal obstacles to the judicial use of the law of genocide before contemplating the definitional impact of this judicial reluctance and the consequent confusion between the two crimes. Whilst it uses the French law of genocide and related case law on crimes against humanity as its focal points, the book further adopts a more general standpoint, suggesting that the French misunderstandings of the crime of genocide might ultimately be symptomatic of a more widespread misconception of the crime of genocide as a crime perpetrated against ‘a group’.

Caroline Fournet is Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Groningen.

For more information and a table of contents, please see here.

Women resisting genocide – rescue efforts in Nazi Germany

Christian Gudehus, Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research, Flensburg University, Germany
Marten Düring, Radboub University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Susanne Beer, EHESS, Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research, Flensburg University

The workshop will take place on 14th February at Sciences Po, Paris. Please see more information on the website.