MVHR Interdisciplinary Graduate Group

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Fall Workshop Series will be conducted virtually. For Zoom Links, please contact Jillian LaBranche (


Mass Violence & Human Rights (MVHR) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program (HRP), and the Department of Sociology initiated an interdisciplinary graduate group research workshop in the fall of 2012 for graduate students and faculty members of all departments in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Minnesota.

The workshop was founded to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness, and collective memory.

MVHR (formally HGMV) provides a space for graduate students to support eachother, provide feedback at various stages of the research process, and engage in dialogue with faculty and invited scholars. Please direct questions to the coordinator for 2020-2021, Jillian LaBranche at labra032@umn.eduMore information on the Graduate School website.

Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series

Thursday, September 17
"Broadening the Bounds of Ritual Space: Peripheral Commemoration and the Case of Contemporary Rwanda"
Brooke Chambers (Ph.D Candidate, Sociology)
Time: 4pm

Thursday, October 15
Lunch & Learn: "Dakota Language History & Revitalization"
Šišókaduta (American Indian Studies)
Time: 12pm

Thursday, October 29
"Lingering on Death: Post-Genocidal Turkey, Haunting and the Funeral of Osep Minasoglu"
Berkant Caglar (Ph.D Student, Anthropology)
Time: 12pm

Monday, November 2
"Indigenous Genocide and Reparative Justice in Manitoba and Minnesota: The Role of Education"
Alejandro Baer (Professor, Sociology), George Dalbo (Ph.D Candidate Curriculum & Instruction), Jillian LaBranche (Ph.D Candidate, Sociology)
Time: 2:30
Presented By: Sociology & Human Rights Lab

Thrusday, December 3
"The Politics of Numbers in Genocide Studies and Memory Debates"
Noah Goodwin (MA Student, French), Jillian LaBranche (Ph.D Candidate, Sociology), Nikoleta Sremac (Ph.D Student, Sociology)
Time: 4pm