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28 January 2015

Talking Genocides (Special roundtable discussion)

This year, the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 1945. This roundtable will discuss new approaches and debates in the scholarship on genocides and reflect on the complex and painful legacies of genocides - from the Holocaust to the 1994 Rwandan genocide and beyond - and how the memory and awareness of genocides influences social attitudes and political behaviour today.


Mr Simon Goldberg
Director of Education, Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre

Simon Goldberg serves as Director of Education at the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre. He holds a BA in History from Yeshiva University and is currently completing his MA in Holocaust Studies from the University of Haifa. Previously, Simon taught Jewish Studies at Elsa International High School in Hong Kong and was the Executive Director of Triangles of Truth, a charity dedicated to funding humanitarian projects for current genocide refugees.

Dr Facil Tesfaye
Assistant Professor (African Studies)

Dr Tesfaye who has a PhD in History from McGill University (Montréal/Canada), also holds an MA in Political Science from the Université du Quebec à Montréal. He did his undergraduate studies in African Studies and Political Science at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). Dr. Tesfaye’s areas of expertise include: African studies, Colonial & Post-Colonial African History, German Colonial Medical History in Africa, History of Medicine/Disease in Africa, History of Colonial Statistical Practices in Africa and Post Colonialism.

Dr Roland Vogt
Assistant Professor (European Studies)

Dr Vogt has a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A former Fulbright fellow, he also holds a MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. He conducted his undergraduate studies in Political Science, History, and Law at the University of Bonn. He teaches courses on European political systems, the European Union, contemporary political and economic conditions in Europe, as well as on Europe's foreign policy. His research areas are Sino-European relations (especially British and German Policy towards China), the phenomenon of political leadership, diplomacy / diplomatic history, and processes of democratization.

Date and venue:
January 28 (Wed), 4.30 - 6.00 pm
Arts Faculty Conference Room, 4.36, 4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower

Dr Tesfaye’s new Book entitled "Statistique(s) et génocide au Rwanda : la genèse d'un système de catégorisation "génocidaire"" will also be launched on this occasion.

All are welcome.

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