The Faculty of Law and the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) are organising the international conference "Genocide and its Prevention in the Digital Age: Challenges in the 21st Century" from July 19 to 23. Topics such as the spread of hatred through social media and the role of new technologies in documenting genocidal atrocities and prosecuting perpetrators will be discussed.
These sessions will be online and some will be focused on current topics such as COVID-19 and its effects on the study and prevention of genocides. Others will treat denialism of genocide in the digital era, or will study specific cases in several world countries. Among the speakers are Alice W- Nderitu, special advisor of the secretary-general of the United Nations for the prevention of genocide; Alex Koenig, director of the Centre of Human Rights of the University of California-Berkeley; Emilio Silva, president of Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain; Tim Cole, lecturer of Social History at Bristol University and expert in the representation and digital study of the Holocaust and its consequences, and Catherine Masud, from the University of Connecticut, filmmaker with a long experience in filming international conflicts, mainly in Bangladesh.
IAGS organizes every two years an international conference in several cities of the world. Although this time all the sessions will be held online due to the pandemics, in 2023 the UB will hold the conference face-to-face.
Among the entities that collaborate with these sessions is the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) of the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona.