26. September 2013 - 28. September 2013
Tagung / Seminar / Workshop

Third international workshop 'Resisting the Path to Genocide': Individual Resistance


The interdisciplinary research cluster “Resisting the Path to Genocide” at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, addresses the fundamental question of what enables people to oppose or resist racist ideologies, state discrimination practices, or the active participation in mass atrocities in three steps, focusing consecutively on societies, groups, and individuals (for more details, visit

For the third of three international workshops, which will take place at the University of Southern California and the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, California on September 26 – 28, 2013, we now seek applications from scholars of any discipline for papers about the general question of what enables individual people to resist genocide or other forms of mass violence?

We invite papers which address the following research questions:

Which conditions and factors enable individuals to oppose persecution and murder?
What influence do friends and family have on the decision making process?
What role do resources and situation play for the resistors?
How important are personal relations or networks for the act of individual resistance?
How can we explain the fact that some perpetrators and even killers perform acts of resistance and rescue?

We appreciate case studies (ranging from colonial genocides of the 19th century to more contemporary examples as Guatemala and Rwanda) as well as comparative work on individuals within one genocidal state, on resisting individuals in various societies, and also on individual resistance in countries that did not turn genocidal, such as South Africa.

Since the aim of the cluster is to enhance our understanding how to resist genocidal processes, we also seek contributions that will discuss individual opposition and resistance in a theoretical way, drawing on resources from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology, etc.

The University of Southern California provides unique research resources: the Shoah Foundation Institute Archive with more than 52,000 interviews on the Holocaust as well as on other genocides, The Lion Feuchtwanger collection and a Holocaust and Genocide studies collection.

The Genocide Resistance Research Cluster will reimburse reasonable travel expenses and provides for hotel accommodation for all conference presenters.

Please send a CV and a one-page abstract of the proposed paper before March 30th, 2013 to aliberma@<wbr></wbr>


Alida Lieberman

University of Southern California





University of Southern California, Los


The interdisciplinary research cluster “Resisting the Path to Genocide” at the University of Southern California, Los Angele