Prof. Herbert Hirsch, a faculty member at the Zoryan Institute's Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP)

April 4, 2022: The Zoryan Institute’s latest issue of Genocide Studies International (GSI) (14.1) is dedicated to the memory of one of the journal’s founding editors, friend, colleague, educator, and pioneering scholar in the field of Genocide Studies, Prof. Herbert Hirsch. This issue is intended to honour his contributions, with a special emphasis on providing a forum in which distinguished scholars could meaningfully engage with and build upon his work and ideas.

Throughout his distinguished career, Prof. Hirsch’s work was guided by a deeply felt commitment to alleviate the suffering of mankind and attempt to make the world a better place. His dedication to, and expertise in, rigorously studying and explaining the crime of genocide and related forms of mass atrocity were pivotal to editing and running Genocide Studies International (GSI). As one of the GSI editors, he was a clearly identifiable leader. In addition to overseeing the peer review process of the journal, Prof. Herbert Hirsch was heavily engaged in the journal’s scheduling, editing, and selection. In coordination with his co-editors, he published an end product that had built-in intellectual tension of the utmost quality and with the highest academic standards that were established by the Zoryan Institute and the journal’s former partnering institution, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS).

Greg Sarkissian, the President of the Zoryan Institute, and close friend of Prof. Herb Hirsch, had this to say in the foreword of this special issue:

“Prof. Hirsch played a crucial role in invigorating the thinking of the Zoryan Institute staff, the editorial team, faculty, students and myself. He actively encouraged others to think critically about the role of governments and policies when it came to issues of genocide and gross violations of human rights, particularly as it related to genocide prevention. Not a week went by that we did not receive an email or article from Prof. Hirsch that provoked our thinking and challenged us to learn and actively engage in efforts of genocide prevention.”

From Left to Right: Prof. Roger Smith, GHRUP Program Director, Prof. Herbert Hirsch, Faculty Member, Prof. Joyce Apsel, GHRUP Course Director

From Left to Right: Prof. Roger Smith and Prof. Herbert Hirsch (Brazil 2010)

On this occasion, the Zoryan Institute’s Board of Directors will be granting Prof. Herbert Hirsch’s family an award honouring his longtime commitment and invaluable contributions to the Genocide Studies International journal.

Award of Distinguished Founding Editor, presented to Dr. Herbert Hirsch for his dedication to the development of the Genocide Studies International journal, published by The Zoryan Institute and University of Toronto Press

This special issues features:

Foreword by K.M. Greg Sarkissian
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Editors’ Introduction: Lessons from an Idealistic Realist by Alex Alvarez
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Genocide and the Defeat of Memory by Paul Bartrop
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“If We Do Not Confront This, Who Will?” Reconsidering Genocide Education by Jennifer Rich
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Genocide Studies Scholarship and its Failure to Solve the “Two Cultures” Problem by Maureen S. Hiebert
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Paths Not Traveled: Genocide Prevention, the Global Grassroots, and the Power of Dialogism by Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
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The Ethics of Genocide Scholarship and New Trends in Rhetorical Manipulation in Genocide Studies by Henry Theriault
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Read the full issue here.

More about Genocide Studies International:

In keeping with the objectives of the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Genocide Studies International is dedicated to raising knowledge and awareness among scholars, policy makers, and civil society actors by providing a forum for the critical analysis of genocide, human rights, crimes against humanity, and related mass atrocities.

Genocide and other forms of mass violence are constantly evolving, and Genocide Studies International encourages scholarly submissions that address their continually changing nature. This includes interdisciplinary and comparative work on the history, causes, impact, and aftermath of genocide and related crimes, as well as those which contextualize genocide in relation to conflict, exploitation, colonialism, racism, bigotry, sexism, oppression, and globalization. Submissions that explore the challenges and prospects for the long-term prevention of genocide, as well as those that focus on global and regional threats to human security, especially as they relate to genocide, are also welcomed. Consequently, this peer-reviewed journal publishes articles from various disciplines including, but not limited to, history, political science, sociology, psychology, international law, criminal justice, critical race studies, religion, philosophy, literature, anthropology, forensic sciences, art history, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Genocide Studies International is sponsored, owned and operated by the Zoryan Institute, and published by the University of Toronto Press.

How to Subscribe to GSI

Individual online subscriptions provide access to all online content for one year from the purchase date. Individual articles may also be purchased by navigating to the article’s full-text page and selecting a single article access option.

How to Submit to GSI

Genocide Studies International invites submissions of manuscripts from across disciplines focused on themes of genocide, human rights, crimes against humanity, and related mass atrocities. Reference the submission guidelines here.