NEWARK, N.J.—Two new courses exploring the darkest side of 19th- and early 20th-century empires are being offered this spring at Rutgers University-Newark by the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR), in collaboration with the Genocide Education Project–Higher Education Division (GenEd-HigherEd).
Titled “Imperialism and Mass Violence” and “Amending Atrocities,” the courses are being taught by Khatchig Mouradian, a Ph.D. candidate in genocide studies and the former editor of the Armenian Weekly.
“Imperialism and Mass Violence” explores the mass violence carried out by 19th- and early 20th-century empires within the broader context of the political, economic, cultural, and environmental dimensions of imperialism. Through case studies of the Native Americans, the Spanish-Cuban War, the Philippines-American War, the genocide of the Herero and Nama, the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the crimes committed by the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II, students will study imperial ideologies and policies, including practices of population control, counter-insurgency, and outright mass murder and genocide, with a comparative perspective. Issues of victim agency and resistance, as well as the aftermath of mass violence, will be examined in each case.
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