Center Conferences

Upcoming conferences

Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples - The Case of the Americas and Australia

October 12-14, 2020

This conference, which will convene on Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2020, will provide a forum for leading and emerging scholars and knowledge holders from around the world to present groundbreaking research on the topics of genocide against Indigenous peoples (especially in North America, Latin America, and Australia), the long-lasting effects of mass violence on those communities, and their resistance, agency, and possibilities for change.

Click here for the Call for Proposals.


Recent Conferences and Workshops

New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison

November 5-7, 2018

This conference, which convened 80 years after the violent pogrom of 1938 against the Jews in Nazi Germany, gathered the most recent scholarship on the event itself. Conference presenters explored the variety of responses to Kristallnacht within Germany, and in other parts of the world, as well as analyzed comparisons of violent pogroms in world history. Thus, the conference helped situate this anti-Jewish pogrom in its close historical context, as well as in its place in world history.

The conference was held November 5-7, 2018, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades. 


Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies

October 23-24, 2017

International scholars from many disciplines gathered to examine the relationships between digital methodologies, practices, ethics and contemporary Holocaust and genocide studies. How can digital humanities shape, challenge, or complement contemporary genocide studies and vice versa? The conference investigated the ways in which digital tools and methods, new media, and information technologies can help us to challenge conventional wisdom regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies by raising new questions, improving our understanding, deepening our analysis, widening our field of view, or pioneering new approaches.

The conference was held Oct. 23-24, 2017, at the University of Southern California. Read a summary of the conference here.


A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala

September 11–14, 2016

December 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Guatemalan peace accords that ended more than thirty years of civil war in 1996. USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research (CAGR) convened an international academic conference bringing researchers from all disciplines as well as the fields of Latin American Studies and Genocide Studies to advance the discussion of “Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala.” The conference was organized by Wolf Gruner, CAGR founding director, and Victoria Sanford, founding director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies (CfHRPS) at Lehman College, City University of New York.

The conference was held Sept. 11-14, 2016, at the University of Southern California.

Past Conferences and Workshops

International Workshop “Singing in the Lion's Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide”

October 10 - 11, 2015

"Singing in the Lion's Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide" was an event sponsored by USC Visions and Voices, and organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music. The event included two days of programming that highlight the use of music as a tool to resist oppression and spread awareness.

The first day of the program featured the screenings of two documentaries: the first, Screamers, observes how the rock band "System of a Down" employed their songs and did advocacy work to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and the second, Following the Ninth, examines how people around the world have used Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" to resist dictatorships.

The second day of the event featured an international academic symposium. Speakers discussed how music has been used as a tool of resistance during various genocides in the 20th century including the Holocaust, the Armenian and Indonesian genocides. The program concluded with a concert featuring students from the USC Thornton School of Music performing music that has been used as a vehicle for resistance.

Film Screenings held at Ray Stark Theatre, SCA 108 (for more information click here...)

Academic Symposium held at Ronald Tutor Campus Center The Forum Room (for more information click here...)

Concert held at Alfred Newman Recital Hall (for more information click here...)

Memory, Media, and Technology: Exploring the Trajectories of Schindler's List

2014 International Conference

The release of Schindler’s List in 1994 and the subsequent founding of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation took place amid an extraordinary flourishing of public memorial projects and scholarship on memory. At the same time, innovations in digital media technologies began to transform how people communicate, publish, research—and even how they remember the past. Since then, public work on memory—ranging from museums and monuments to truth commissions and survivor documentation—has proliferated, as have ideas about its value for the future. This conference marks the 20th anniversary of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation (the current name and affiliation of the Shoah Visual History Foundation) by examining the trajectories of memory, media, and technology in multiple forms and venues and from the vantage of a range of disciplines.  Presentations by scholars and educators on their work will be complemented by roundtable discussions on the role of media archives in research and education, the role of mediated memories in facilitating public action, and the future of these new practices for mediating memory.

2014 International Workshop for PhD Candidates from North America and Israel: Researching the Holocaust

From 26 - May 30, 2014, the Center partnered with the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies at USC and the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem for its second biennial International Workshop for PhD Candidates from North America and Israel. Titled "Researching the Holocaust," the workshop facilitated research opportunities and support for ten PhD candidates whose respective dissertation foci all mandated extensive Holocaust research.