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About Imaging Genocide

My name is Ronen Steinberg. I am an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University. My own areas of research are the French Revolution, transitional justice, and mass violence. In spring 2012 I have been teaching an upper-level course on the History and Theory of Genocide. This site was set up as a home for our joint class project, called Imaging Genocide. It comes out of two interests: first, my interest in using visual material in order to study the history of genocide and mass violence. Second, my interest in the emerging area of Digital Humanities, that is, the use of the internet for the research, production and dissemination of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. As our class project advances towards completion, you will be able to find here individual student projects and various links.

New knowledge is not produced in isolation. It is the product of conversation, of interaction with others. I encourage all who visit this site to leave comments, responding to our students’ papers. My only condition is that the comments respect the norms of a civil and polite exchange. Genocide is a delicate subject that arouses many difficult emotions, but we will only advance in our understanding of it if we maintain a basic sense of respect for each other.

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