TALKS Timothy Williams

 

INVITED TALKS

03/2020

Keynote Speech at German Association of Peace and Conflict Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung) – Young Academics‘ Conference in Villigst (Germany): “Dynamics of Collective Violence. Bridging micro, meso and macro perspectives”

09/2019

Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington (New Zealand): “Insecurity, legitimacy and the politics of memory in post-violence societies”

07/2019

Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “The Politics of Memory and Insecurity in Post-Conflict Societies”

07/2019

Meta house, Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “Justice and Reconciliation for the Victims of the Khmer Rouge? Victim Participation in Cambodia’s Transitional Justice Process” (with Julie Bernath, Boravin Tann and Somaly Kum)

06/2019

Colloquium of the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials, Marburg University (Germany): “Justice and Reconciliation for the Victims of the Khmer Rouge? Victim Participation in Cambodia’s Transitional Justice Process” (with Julie Bernath)

06/2019

KOFF (Swiss Platform for Peacebuiding)/swisspeace, Bern (Switzerland): “Victim Participation in Cambodia’s Dealing with the Past Process” (with Julie Bernath)

03/2019

Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, Bonn (Germany): Presentation of final results of Victimhood after Mass Violence project (with Julie Bernath)

02/2019

Roundtable at Centre for Near and Middle East Studies and Centre for Conflict Studies, Marburg University (Germany): “Dynamics of Mass Violence. A Dialogue on Syria and Cambodia.”

02/2019

Colloquium of the Centre for Conflict Studies, Marburg University (Germany): “‘We all suffered. But I suffered more than others.’ Hierarchies of victimhood in Cambodia” (with Julie Bernath)

12/2018

Keynote Speech at Symposium on Memory Spaces at the Peace Academy of Rheinland-Pfalz at the University of Koblenz-Landau: “Gedenkstätten als Erinnerungsräume in Post-Konflikt Ruanda und Kambodscha.” [“Memorials as spaces of memory in post-conflict Rwanda and Cambodia”]

06/2018

Lecture at the ceremony for the PhD Award of Marburg University, Marburg  (Germany): “Die Komplexität des Bösen. Modellierung von Täterschaft im Völkermord.” [“The Complexity of Evil. Modelling perpetration in genocide.”]

06/2018

Celebratory Lecture for the presentation of the Gert-Sommer-Award at the annual conference of the Forum Peace Psychology (Forum Friedenspsychologie), Heidelberg (Germany): “The Complexity of Evil. Modelling perpetration in genocide.”

03/2018

Lecture at the American University in Phnom Penh: “Entering the Tiger Zone – Khmer Rouge cadres’ motivations to participate in genocide”

01/2018

Lecture at Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany): “Coercion, Opportunism, Ideology. Khmer Rouge cadres as perpetrators under Pol Pot and victims today.”

12/2017

Lecture at SDG Graduate School “Performing Sustainability”, Hildesheim University, Hildesheim (Germany): “Perpetrators”

09/2017

History Meetings House, Warsaw (Poland): “The grey zone of perpetrators and victims in Khmer Rouge Cambodia. Then and now.”

03/2017

Colloquium of the Centre for Conflict Studies, Marburg University (Germany): “Escaping the definitional quagmire: an empirical typology of genocides and mass violence.”

01/2017

Talk at events commemorating the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Phnom Penh, organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation

10/2016

Mannheim University (Germany), working group of Sabine Carey: “The complexity of evil. Modelling perpetration in genocide”

04/2016

Brown bag lunch talk at Centre for Conflict Studies, Marburg University (Germany): “Entering the Tiger Zone – why ordinary people joined the Khmer Rouge and participated in genocide in Cambodia”

12/2015

Lecture at Institute for International and Foreign Criminal Law at the University of Cologne (Germany): “Ganz gewöhnliche Völkermörder. Die Beteiligung der kambodschanischen Bevölkerung an den Verbrechen der Khmer Rouge.“

11/2015

Evangelische Akademie der Pfalz: Symposium workshop “Causes and dynamics of violent excesses”

09/2015

Margit Horváth Foundation in Mörfelden-Walldorf (Germany): “Why do ‘ordinary people’ participate in mass murder? With examples from the Holocaust, as well as the genocides in Rwanda, Armenia and Cambodia” (in German)

06/2015

Asien Haus Foundation in Köln (Germany): Discussant of the film ‘Un soir après la guerre’

05/2015

Subversive Forum roundtable in Zagreb (Croatia): “Rights, responsibilities and conflict”

04/2015-02/2017

Exhibition opening talks, panel discussions and guided tours in 10 locations for the exhibition ‘Entering the Tiger Zone’, including at the European Parliament (hosted by MEP Barbara Lochbihler) in Brussels (Belgium), Heinrich Böll Foundation-hosted exhibition venues in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia), Goethe Institutes Frankfurt, Hamburg and Freiburg (Germany), the Centre for Conflict Studies in Marburg (Germany), the Margit Horváth Foundation in Mörfelden-Walldorf (Germany), Bildungs- und Kulturzentrum in Frankfurt-Höchst (Germany) and Internatschule Schloss Hansenberg (Germany).

 

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Conferences convened

04/2020

4-day European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions in Toulouse (France) on “Political Ideologies and Political Identities in Post-Atrocity Transitions” (with Jonathan Leader Maynard)

10/2016

3-day international conference “On Collective Violence. Actions, Roles, Perceptions” in Marburg (Germany) (with Kristine Avram, Melanie Hartmann and Philipp Schultheiss)

11/2014

3-day workshop of the working group Curriculum of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (German Association of Peace and Conflict Studies) in Marburg (Germany) (with Kerstin Zimmer)

 

 

Panels convened

07/2019

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “Framing Complex Histories: Memorials, Museums and Law”

07/2019

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “Research Methods Fish Bowl” (with Christian Gudehus)

07/2019

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “Emerging Scholars Plenary Session: The Future of Genocide Studies”

07/2019

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “Emerging Scholars World Café”

04/2018

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung in Berlin (Germany): “Victims in Transitional Justice. The contribution of research to (de)constructing our categories” (with Ulrika Mientus)

06/2016

International Network of Genocide Scholars in Jerusalem (Israel): “The Margins of Perpetration: Questioning and Testing the Concept of Perpetrator” (double panel, with Erin Jessee and Kjell Anderson)

 

 

Papers presented

03/2020

International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference in Honululu (USA): “Genocide as a ‘successful’ policy? On the (adverse) consequences for governments implementing mass violence as a political strategy”

12/2019

“Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network” conference at Columbia Universtiy in New York (USA): “The power of the dead over the living. The politics of spirits in post-genocide Cambodia”

07/2019

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Phnom Penh (Cambodia): “What’s in a name? Genocide conceptions of ethnic minority victims testifying at the ECCC” (with Julie Bernath)

03/2019

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung in Erfurt (Germany): “Insecurity and the Politics of Memory. How ambivalences in dealing with the past stabilise post-conflict governments”

09/2018

Workshop on Conflict Dynamics at Nuffield College, Oxford (UK): “The ECCC as a Provider of Justice and Reconciliation? Perceptions of Cambodian victims of the Khmer Rouge”

09/2018

European International Studies Association (EISA) in Prague (Czech Republic): “Portrait photographs as intangible remains at memorial sites”

09/2018

European International Studies Association (EISA) in Prague (Czech Republic): “‘A 5 Star Destination.’ Global Atrocity Tourism in a Digital Age and the Power of Rating Memorials on TripAdvisor.com” (with Susanne Buckley-Zistel)

08/2018

European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) in Hamburg (Germany): “Transitional Justice and its (Dis)contents. Perceptions of Justice, Reconciliation and Empowerment among Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia” (with Julie Bernath und Tann Boravin)

07/2018

International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) in Marseille (France): “Victims’ justice? Perceptions of justice and reconciliation among Cambodian victims of the Khmer Rouge.”

04/2018

International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference in San Francisco (USA): “What crimes do we not memorialise? On selective memorialisation and targeted amnesia in Cambodia and Rwanda” (with Susanne Buckley-Zistel)

12/2017

“Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network” conference an der Columbia Universtiy in New York (USA): “Transnational memory and digital spaces. A comparative study of web-based reactions to genocide memorials”

10/2017

“Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies” at University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Center for Advanced Genocide Research in Los Angeles (USA): “‘Awful, but you have to go...’ Memory in the Digital Sphere of Tripadvisor.com Reviews of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia”

09/2017

European International Studies Association (EISA) in Barcelona (Spain): “‘Then he realised the other one was a victim, too.’ How competing victimhood constructions in Cambodia’s Transitional Justice process impact reconciliation.”

09/2017

European International Studies Association (EISA) in Barcelona (Spain): “Memorialising universal victimhood at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum”

09/2017

European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) in Oslo (Norway): “‘Then he realised the other one was a victim, too.’ How competing victimhood constructions in Cambodia’s Transitional Justice process impact reconciliation.”

07/2017

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Brisbane (Australia): “The many faces of genocide – an empirical typology”

03/2017

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung in Schwerte (Germany): “Conceptually Modelling Radicalisation in Genocide”

12/2016

Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network in Amsterdam (Netherlands): “Perpetrator-victims. How post-conflict actor ascriptions in Cambodia impact dealing with the past and the legitimacy of transitional justice measures”

10/2016

“On Collective Violence. Actions, Roles, Perceptions” in Marburg (Germany): ”Thinking beyond perpetrators, bystanders, heroes: a typology of action in genocide”

10/2016

Workshop on “Empirische Methoden in der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung” (Empirical methods in peace and conflict studies) in Konstanz (Germany): “‘Make the enemy the number one fertiliser’ – why people participated in the Khmer Rouge genocide”

09/2016

“Representing Perpetrators of Mass Violence” in Utrecht (Netherlands): “Perpetrators, bystanders, victims, or even heroes? How former cadres of the Khmer Rouge represent themselves in interview”

06/2016

International Network of Genocide Scholars in Jerusalem (Israel): “Perpetrators as Victims? Individual Narratives of the Genocidal Continuum in Cambodia”

04/2016

Workshop on “Teaching about perpetrators” hosted by the Perpetrator Studies Network in Utrecht (Netherlands)

09/2015

“Probing the Limits of Categorization: The ‘Bystander’” in Amsterdam (Netherlands): “‘I am not, what I am’ – A multidimensional approach to actor classification in genocide”

09/2015

Conflict Research Society (CRS) in Canterbury (UK): “Never again… and again… and again… A set-theoretic analysis of why genocide occurs”

07/2015

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Yerevan (Armenia): “‘Make the enemy the number one fertiliser’ – why people participated in the Khmer Rouge genocide”

06/2015

AK Gewaltordnungen (Orders of Violence working group) of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) (German Political Science Association) in Berlin (Germany): “Die Rolle von Bystanders bei der individuellen Motivation zur Beteiligung an Massengewalt” (The role of bystanders in individual motivation to participating in mass violence)

04/2015

“The Threatened Self” in Göttingen (Germany): “‘There was no freedom and I was fearful for my security.’ The role of (ingroup and outgroup) threats in motivating individuals to participate in mass killing”

04/2015

International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS) in London (UK): “The intricacies of mass destruction – a multi-method study of why genocides occur from 1955 to 2011”

02/2015

Swiss Political Science Association (SVPW) in Lausanne (Switzerland): “Comparative Process Tracing: A Methodological Framework for Integrating QCA and Process Tracing” (with Sergio Gemperle)

07/2014

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Winnipeg (Canada): “The simple complexity of perpetrator motivations – an innovative and multifaceted model of why people participate in genocide”

11/2013

“Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) - Applications and Methodological Challenges” in Frankfurt (Germany): “Why Genocide Occurs - A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Sufficient and Necessary Conditions” (further development)

06/2013

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Siena (Italy): “Why Genocide Occurs - A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Sufficient and Necessary Conditions” (further development)

04/2013

International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference in San Francisco (USA): “Inevitable Evil? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Genocide Occurrence and Non-Occurrence” (with Paul Steinheuer)

04/2013

International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference in San Francisco (USA): “It’s mediation, stupid! A large-N study of mediation characteristics’ impact on international and civil war peace processes” (with Paul Steinheuer)

03/2012

German Association of Peace and Conflict Studies – Young Academics‘ Conference in Villigst (Germany): “The Complexity of Evil – a Multi-Faceted Approach to Genocide Perpetration”