About - CAGR
Since its founding in 2014, the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (previously USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research) has concentrated its efforts on developing an innovative research agenda. While it welcomes and supports creative and interdisciplinary research that focuses on genocide in general, the Center’s own research programs focus on three distinct areas:
- Resistance to genocide and mass violence
- Violence, emotion and behavioral change
- Digital genocide studies
The Center organizes a rich academic program consisting of international fellowships and annual conferences, a lecture series and unique research opportunities such as the Interdisciplinary Research Week and the graduate student research workshop with Yad Vashem.
The Center advances interdisciplinary research by supporting the most innovative fellows, conference presenters, guest speakers, workshop and Research Week participants, as well as visiting scholars.
Alongside its research programs and activities, the Center also encourages faculty to incorporate testimonies into their research and university teaching. The Center trains and supports faculty in conducting their own research that then feeds into their lectures and seminars. It also promotes assigning research projects to students since serious scholarly engagement and research with the testimonies provides the most valuable educational experience.
The Center was originally founded as the academic arm of the USC Shoah Foundation. In 2021, the Center became an independent research center within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research is dedicated to:
- Advancing innovative interdisciplinary research on genocide and mass violence
- Promoting use of the Visual History Archive testimonies in academic research and teaching
- Transforming the way we understand the origins, dynamics and consequences of mass violence, as well as the conditions and dimensions of resistance.
Meet our Team
Meet our Team
May: Establishment of Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship
May: Workshop for advanced PhD candidates working on Holocaust topics (with Yad Vashem)
June: Establishment of Center Research Fellowship
June: Inaugural Summer Research Fellowships for USC undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty awarded
November: Inauguration of CAGR Lecture Series
December: Inaugural Senior Scholar in Residence fellowship awarded
January: Residency of CAGR’s first Interdisciplinary Research Week team
January: Establishment of Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies
August: Establishment of Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship
September: Conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala”
March: Center co-organized the conference "The Future of Holocaust Testimonies V"
May: Center co-organized the conference "In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s-1960s)"
June: Center co-organized the conference "Comparative Lenses: Video Testimonies of Survivors and Eyewitnesses of Genocide and Mass Violence"
November: Center's 2018 Kristallnacht conference yields a book
June: A book on Jewish petitions as an overlooked tool of contestation in Nazi Germany and several occupied or allied countries coedited by Center founding director Wolf Gruner, is published
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