CGHR Projects


Learn more about CGHR's many projects below. 

Genocide and Atrocity Prevention (GAP) (2018-present) +

The Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Project’s (GAP) mission is to help prevent genocide and atrocity crimes. To this end and in keeping with the related CGHR goals and projects, GAP monitors and provides factual and scholarly information about emerging and on-going situations in which genocide and atrocity crimes are taking place. Launched in 2019 as a cross-campus and interdisciplinary working group comprising faculty and students, the first phase of GAP will involve the creation of a web-based platform of resources on potential and on-going atrocity crimes. After this pilot phase, GAP will turn to focus on monitoring and intervention. In addition, GAP will host related lectures, think tank sessions, and symposia. 

Raphael Lemkin Project (2017-present) +

Raphael Lemkin, who taught at Rutgers during the mid-1950s, had a dream: to end genocide. In 1944, he coined the word genocide and successfully fought for its 1948 criminalization in international law. CGHR’s Raphael Lemkin Project honors this legacy by hosting the following events on an annual or biennial basis: (a) the Raphael Lemkin Award held around December 9, the date of the UN Convention and the new International Genocide Remembrance and Prevention Day; (b) a lecture by survivors on the January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day; and (c) a Raphael Lemkin Lecture during the April Genocide Awareness month. In addition, the project recognizes distinguished students as Raphael Lemkin Student Fellows each year. 

Critical Transitional Justice (2016-present) +

Since the coining of the phrase in the late 1990s, “transitional justice” has become a buzzword, embraced by scholars and practitioners alike. Hundreds of books and articles, chapters as well as several research institutes, and a journal have been dedicated to its analysis. Mechanisms of transitional justice have come to be seen as integral to the promotion of the rule of law the world over. Given this flurry of activity, and its far-ranging real-world effects, the “Critical Transitional Justice” project, a transatlantic partnership between three institutions of higher learning, will evaluate the theory and practice of transitional justice in a comprehensive, critical, and broadly interdisciplinary fashion. The project's approach is decidedly critical—and thus markedly different from existing approaches to the study of transitional justice. This project, which will consist of three workshops during the 2017-18 academic year – one in the New York area, one in London, and one in Amherst, MA – culminating in the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice in 2018.


Partner Institutions

Amherst College - Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
London School of Economics - Department of International Relations
Rutgers University - Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights 


Workshops

December 15-16, 2017
Transitional Justice Genealogies
London School of Economics

April 14, 2018
Rethinking Transitional Justice
Rutgers University

May 5, 2018
Critical Transitional Justice
Amherst College

Rethinking Peace Studies (2014-present) +

Rethinking Peace Studies(RPS) is a global initiative devoted to critically rethink Peace Studies from a multidisciplinary lens. The project involves bringing small groups of academic and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to intensively discussed the past, present, and futures of peace studies. Each of the initial three seminars, held in Tokyo (November 2014), New York (March 2015), and Kandy, Sri Lanka (November 2015), focused on a thematic, “Translation,” “Memory,” and “Dialogue,” respectively. 

Instead of delivering formal papers, participants were asked to contemplate a set of “classic” and current readings related to the given thematic and come prepared to begin a conversation focused on four questions: What does it mean to rethink something? What needs to be rethought in peace studies? What is one key question we need to ask related to peace studies? What is a critical reading we need to discuss? 

The participants were brought together to present formal paper in Tokyo (June 2016) with a smaller follow-up in the Spring of 2017. The proceedings are being published in an edited volume, Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). 


Partner Institutions

Japan ICU Foundation, New York, NY, U.S.
Japan International Christian University (ICU) – Rotary Peace Center, Tokyo, Japan 
Rutgers University – Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, NJ, U.S.


Workshops

November 2014
RPS I: Translation
ICU, Tokyo, Japan

March 2015
RPS II: Memory
New York City, U.S.

November 2016
RPS III: Dialogue
University of Peradeniya
Kandy, Sri Lanka

June 2016
Conference
Rethinking Peace Studies: Translation, Memory, Dialogue
ICU, Tokyo, Japan

Truth in the Americas (2016-present) +

The Truth in the Americas project explores questions of memory, justice, and survival in the Americas through the lens of truth, examining its complexities as a concept and a lived experience. Over the last thirty years, truth has emerged as an important space for accounting for past violence in Latin America. In the wake of state terror, torture, disappearances, and genocide, communities have turned to truth as a grassroots response and challenge to political violence, through practices of memory and advocacy for justice that resists the erasure of their experience. States have also engaged truth as a form of transitional justice, using truth commissions and other modalities of truth in the wake of war, human rights abuses, and genocide. Yet, although truth has become critical to rebuilding civil society and democracy, it also represents a particular form of accounting, often existing in a constitutive tension with justice and the inherently contested nature of memory.  This project explores the plural and fractured nature of truth(s) as an opportunity to engage in a set of critical questions about truth in relation to violence and inequality in the Americas, as experienced in different nations and diaspora communities.


Workshops

April 2016
Symposium
Living Truth in the Americas
Rutgers University, Newark

Tuesday April 4, 2017
3:00–5:30
Symposium
Diaspora and Genocide in the Americas
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

April 2018
Symposium
Truth in the Americas
Buenos Aires, Argentina

USA-Russia-Former Soviet Union Dialogue (2016-present) +

The USA-Russia-Former Soviet Union Dialogue Project intends to engage in critical dialogue with academics, educators, political, cultural, and human rights activists in order to explore the political and societal processes in the FSU and, potentially, to establish mechanisms by which to improve mutual understanding. While Russia’s influence has grown significantly in the past decade, few independent post-Soviet states have cultivated a path towards democracy; human rights violations continue to go unchecked against a backdrop of protracted internal and external conflicts. Such conflicts fuel the rise of pro nationalist movements, facilitate ethnic cleansing, and foster anti-Semitism and xenophobia.


Partner Institutions

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow
Institute for the Study of National Politics and International Relations (Russia and Latvia)


Events

Thursday, June 1, 2017
10:00 a.m.–Noon
Roundtable Discussion
Confronting Bigotry
Rutgers, Newark


Reports

Friday November 3, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Report Launch & Roundtable Discussion
Monitoring Hate in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Documentation Center of Cambodia Public Information Room (2005-present) +

Since its inception in 1995, the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) has been at the forefront of documenting the myriad atrocities of the Khmer Rouge era. Focusing on memory and justice, DC-Cam seeks to help Cambodians discover the truths upon which a genuine national reconciliation depends. As a major source of information about Cambodia’s genocide for academics, lawyers, journalists and the general public in Cambodia and abroad, DC-Cam is respected around the world and supported by sponsors, scholars and experts in the USA, Europe, Asia and Canada. 

DC-Cam’s Public Information Room at Rutgers University was set up in 2005 in order to collect and disseminate information on Khmer Rouge history, with a particular emphasis on assisting the Cambodian North American community. This office also: serves as a reciprocal exchange between DC-Cam and Rutgers students and faculty; facilitates internships/externships at DC-Cam for Rutgers students; presents research and training opportunities for Rutgers students and faculty; and collaborates in exhibitions, conferences, and seminars.

Art of Hope: Preserving and Protecting Syrian Culture (2007-present) +

Art of Hope: Preserving and Protecting Syrian Culture seeks to archive, protect and preserve, the musical arts of the great city of Aleppo. Besieged by conflict since 2011, Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, a city whose musical traditions have for centuries contributed in significant and lasting ways to world culture. The Art of Hope intends to protect and preserve Syrian musical culture by sharing Syria’s musical treasures with displaced, disenfranchised, young Syrians, many of whom are growing up very far from their homes. As such, the project is designed to preserve and transmit a cultural heritage rich in creativity and non-violence, and, in so doing, combat extremism.

Learning on the Move: Education for Hope & Resilience (2017-present) +

“There is no creativity if there is no Freedom.”
– Mouneer Al Shaarani, Syrian artist calligrapher

More than half of the world's 65 million displaced persons are children.  Many are traumatized by violence and the horrors of war, and their displaced status makes them particularly vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and neglect.  Learning on the Move (LoMo) seeks ways to develop resilience, stability, and hope for these children through education. LoMo studies international education response efforts for internally displaced and refugee children.  The project supports response efforts by advancing policies that make education more portable for refugees among countries in their region; building capacity for quality teaching and monitoring its impact on learning; and enhancing linkages between universities/industry and K-12 education to ensure skills cultivated are relevant and meet the demands of the 21st century knowledge economy.


Launch Event

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

10:30 a.m.–Noon
Project Inaugural Lecture and Roundtable Discussion
World Refugee Day Lecture and Discussion: The Right to an Education


Symposium

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Symposium
Learning on the Move: Education for Hope and Resilience


Reports

Sunday, December 10, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Report Launch & Roundtable Discussion
The Lost Generation: Syrian Refugee Education Response Efforts