Gender and Genocide II (HGS 722)

3 credits

Gender and genocide is an area of study critical to a more nuanced understanding of the different motivations and genocidal tools of perpetrators and the wide ranging experiences of victims. Specifically emphasized is the examination of the roles of women as victims, witnesses, survivors, and rescuers. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach drawing upon narratives, memoirs, oral testimonies, literature and historical sources. Topics to be covered include: genocide as a means of male bonding and substitute for employment, the centrality of masculinities in acts and processes of genocide and mass atrocity including sexual violence, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, and sterilization, and the experiences of women post-genocide. Specific issues related to LGBT victims will also be discussed. (M.A. Gender and Genocide course recommended but not required as a pre-requisite.) 

Semester Information: 
Spring A: January 2- February 26

Current faculty


Required Reading:
- JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz and Donna Gosbee (Editors), Women and Genocide: Gendered Experiences of Violence, Survival, and Resistance (Women’s Press 2016). Print ISBN: 9780889615823. $53.13  Publisher’s website is here.
- Amy E. Randall (Editor), Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey. (Bloomsbury Academic 2015)  ISBN-13: 978-1472507082, ISBN-10: 1472507088 $39.00
- Myrna Goldenberg and Amy H. Shapiro (Editors), Different Horrors, Same Hell: Gender and the Holocaust (University of Washington Press, 2013). ISBN: 978-0-295-99243-3 $30.00

- Myrna Goldenberg (Editor), Before All Memory Is Lost: Women's Voices from the Holocaust (Azrieli Foundation 2016).
- Molly Appelbaum, Buried Words: The Diary of Molly Applebaum (Azrieli Foundation 2016).
Both of these books will be provided to students enrolled in this course by The Azrieli Foundation. A PDF version will be added in Moodle and the publisher will provide complimentary print copies, mailed directly to students enrolled in this course. To receive print versions, students are asked to email: Jody Spiegel, Director- Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, The Azrieli Foundation [email protected]