Genocide & International Justice after 1919

Funded by the EU programme “Europe for Citizens”, this project aims to examine the growth of two opposing movement of ideas which emerged after the signature of the Treaty of Versailles in the summer 1919. One movement that gathered momentum advocated for international justice and for the rescue of the victims, especially those of the Armenian Genocide, as the allies established tribunals to try the perpetrators of atrocities and created the first High Commission for Refugees. On the other hand, a contrasting movement set the ideological foundations of the worst atrocities the century was yet to experience.

The project will reflect on the interplay of political ideas and history: what lessons do people learn from events? How did the contemplation of the war’s disasters feed the development of such radically contradictory movements?

This exploration of ideological movements past, and of their consequences, is intended to generate a greater understanding of how ideas spread, coalesce and grow into movements, and of the material consequences they can have.

The project will feature an international conference in Berlin, “Ideas and their Consequences: Genocide and International Justice after 1919”. The conference will bring together key academics in the field and will aim to pool the latest knowledge on the subject. To read the call for papers on topics related to this project, please click HERE.

The project also includes the creation of an information pack on the results of the conference, dissemination and discussion events in five European cities (Warsaw, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam), online video interviews of key speakers, a traveling exhibition and a website presenting the results of the project and providing leads for further information.

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To read the project summary, please click HERE.

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