The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies announce the availability of stipends to support attendance by early career scholars at the conference Genocide in Twentieth-Century History: The Power and the Problems of an Interpretive, Ethical-Political, and Legal Concept, to be held at the University of Toronto October 19-20, 2018. A preliminary program may be found on the HREC website:

Travel grants are available (up to $800.00 CAD) to support scholars in deepening their understanding of the history and ramifications of the concept of genocide through engagement with leading scholars in the field.

Conference Concept:

The conference will focus on how the concept of “genocide,” differentiated and contested from its inception, has devolved and adapted in the face of the rapidly growing body of research that surged after the 1980s. While the genocide concept has proven crucial to our understanding of the twentieth century, issues it raises have become evident. The conference will explore the history of the concept of genocide: how the concept evolved and has continued to evolve over time and its strengths and weaknesses in light of new research. Finally, we will consider the future of the concept of genocide.

The panels will consist of comprehensive discussions of pre-circulated papers. Presentations will be brief and followed by in-depth general discussions.  A follow-up workshop on the global history of ethnic cleansing will take place in 2019 at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Travel Grant Application Procedure:

Applications should be submitted by July 16, 2018, via email to with subject line “Conference Travel Grant.”

Applicants must submit:

  1. A statement (500 words) answering the following question: How will your attendance support you in your research, teaching and career?
  2. CV
  3. Letter of support from a professor (if a graduate student) or colleague.