"The Missing Picture":

Rethinking Genocide Studies & Prevention

14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

July  14 - 19, 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

About The Conference

“The Missing Picture”: Rethinking Genocide Studies & Prevention

14-19 July 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


The field of genocide studies is flourishing. It is the focus of academic programs, a multitude of conferences and workshops, international diplomacy, research centers, public policy, and a rapidly growing and increasingly sophisticated body of scholarship, including field-specific book series, journals, readers, and textbooks.  However, this remarkable growth has not been without its problems. Like all scholarly domains, genocide studies has been formed from particular disciplinary perspectives and traditions, resulting in a disproportionate focus on a small canon of cases as well as a predominance of literature marked by Western perspectives.

Taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the 2019 IAGS conference marks the association’s 25th anniversary and will be its first conference in Southeast Asia, extending efforts to diversify prevailing understandings of the experience of genocide, and the steps we can take to recover and learn from it. Following this mission, the conference theme is “‘The Missing Picture’: Rethinking Genocide Studies and Prevention.” Thus, under-researched genocides, comparative analyses, and critical and creative work intending to challenge or revisit current conceptions of genocide and genocide studies will be a focus of this year’s conference.

The 2019 IAGS conference will take place on the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge in a locality that continues to grapple with atrocity crimes and their legacies. It is also scheduled to occur during the final years of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Participants will therefore be exposed to a vibrant public culture that is contributing not just to academic work, but to related efforts at memorialization, education, prevention, peacebuilding, and transitional justice.

There will be a number of site-specific opportunities available to those attending the conference, including excursions to former prison sites, Khmer Rouge zones, and the ECCC, as well as a number of primary archives and research facilities, judicial reparation initiatives, and arts performances. For more information on Phnom Penh, click on the Experience Phnom Penh tab at the top of the page.

Conference Venue

This year’s conference is co-hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the American University of Phnom Penh and the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University. The sessions themselves will be held at the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP), a private, English language higher education institution in Cambodia. Since its founding in 2013, AUPP has offered high quality, American-style education, grounded in the culture of Cambodia and Asia, fostering socially responsible behavior, lifelong learning, and academic and professional excellence to produce critical thinkers, innovators, and ethical leaders who will make significant contributions to the world. Starting in 2016, AUPP has offered an accredited dual degree program with its partner in the U.S., the University of Arizona (UA), whereby upon graduation the students obtain two degrees at the same time, one issued by AUPP and the other from UA.

In 2017, AUPP celebrated the opening of its new campus, a state-of-the-art facility accommodating up to 4,000 students. Featuring housing for students, sports centers, and many other facilities, AUPP is Cambodia’s most technically advanced and largest international standard university. We look forward to sharing our beautiful campus with IAGS conference participants.

All regular sessions will be held at AUPP New Campus. Morning and afternoon shuttles to and from the campus will depart from the Himawari Hotel for all conference attendees.

Call for Proposals – Now Closed

 Deadline: 30 November 2018

Proposals are invited for papers broadly related to the theme of “Rethinking Genocide Studies and Prevention.” We welcome proposals for sessions and papers making use of alternative delivery formats, and most especially presentations that seek to break new ground on the widest possible variety of cases, concepts, theories, methods, practices, traditions, and topics relevant to the study of genocide, genocide education, and prevention. In addition to established scholars, submissions are being sought from emerging scholars as well as those working specifically in /on genocide in Southeast Asia. Presentations on under-researched genocides, comparative analyses, and critical and creative work intending to challenge or revise current conceptions of genocide and genocide studies are likewise particularly encouraged.

Questions may be addressed to the conference organizers at: info@iags2019.com

2019 IAGS Conference Scholarships

The IAGS Conference Organizing Committee calls for applications for competitive scholarships to contribute towards the costs of attending the 2019 IAGS Conference taking place in 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Scholarships are open to:

·         PhD students

·         Early Career Researchers (within 5 years of PhD completion)

·         Scholars from developing countries

·         Participants from NGOs (incl. museums)

·         Artists and other creative professionals

Applicants must have an abstract already accepted to present at the 2019 IAGS Conference.  Applications should be sent to the conference organizers at the following email address: info@iags2019.com, and be received no later than April 7, 2019. Please indicate “IAGS Scholarship Application” in the email subject line.

Applications should include:

·         A covering document listing title, name, position, institutional affiliation, contact details.

·         Max. 150-word biography.

·         A one-page statement including:

o   A statement on how attending the 2019 IAGS Conference will contribute towards your research or practice.

o   The topic of your paper accepted for presentation at the conference.

o   A detailed explanation of why you require funding to attend the conference.

·         A fully itemized budget of conference-related costs and expected sources of revenue.

Please note that ALL participants are required to pay their own registration fee, and scholarships will not be applied to the registration fee cost. Applicants must also be members in good standing of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.  Memberships are available from IAGS at: https://www.genocidescholars.org/membership.

Scholarship amounts will vary depending on the total number of accepted applicants. Awards are unlikely to cover all an applicant’s costs, so the committee encourages applicants to seek funding from other sources.

Please note that scholarships will be paid in cash at the conference and require a signature on receipt of payment.

Click here to download a PDF version of this document

  Conference Schedule

IAGS 2019 Program

Please find the link to the official program for the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars from 14-19 July 2019, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! Thank you for your patience as we worked hard to put together a phenomenal program of mixed genres and stimulating papers from all over the globe.

Click here to download the schedule in a PDF document

Please note:

1.      No more changes can be made to the program. 

2.      We took no individual requests for presentation dates and times. When you apply to present and register, it is expected that you will be in attendance for the duration of the conference. 

3.      Some panels have been combined, renamed, or relocated to a new date and time in response to the number of presenters who unfortunately can no longer attend. As your acceptance letter stated, even if you submitted your paper as part of a whole panel, it is possible that we had to add an additional presenter. Please check the new number of papers on your panel and adjust your presentation times accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you wholeheartedly for accommodating!

4.      Each session is 90 minutes long. The lecture theaters and regular classrooms (not roundtable room) are equipped with a projector, sound, and PC laptop. If you would like to use the equipment, please bring a flash drive/USB and arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled classroom in order to set-up.

See you soon!

Welcome Dinner

Register here for the Welcome Dinner

(click on the photo to register)

Join us for the Welcome Dinner being held Sunday, July 14, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sunflower Ballroom at The Himawari Hotel. This special event will feature remarks by musician, activist, and Cambodian genocide survivor Arn Chorn-Pond, with his inspiring message of arts for transformation and peace. It’s a perfect way to embark upon a week of serious examination of genocide, from its causes to its prevention. 
Tickets: $50.00


Arrival Information

By Plane

Phnom Penh International Airport is the main point of arrival for most traveling to Cambodia. Nonstop flights are offered on numerous carriers from  China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Qatar, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, along with frequent connections to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, the two alternative airports in Cambodia. Click here for the full list of carriers flying in and out of Phnom Penh International Airport.

Currency exchange is located inside the baggage claim, while numerous ATMs and cell carriers can be found outside in the arrival terminal. If you did not prearrange a car service, official airport transportation staff will approach asking if you would like transportation into the city center. The drivers and their vehicles are all licensed and fees are standardized so there is no need to haggle. A taxi will cost $15 USD for a 30-40 minute ride into the city center while a traditional rickshaw tuk tuk will cost $10 for a 40-60 minute ride. Traffic can be exceptionally bad to and from the airport so be sure to budget extra time during peak rush hours.

By Bus

A variety of bus companies also operate between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, as well as other cities within Cambodia. If you are arriving to Phnom Penh by bus, look into acquiring a visa at an embassy in advance as some checkpoints along the border do not administer ones on-arrival. In addition, we do not recommend taking a night bus due to higher rates of reported accidents.

Visa information

For almost all nationalities visiting Cambodia, 30-day, single-entry tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports. Both require a passport valid for at least 6 months prior to its expiration date, a passport-sized photo, and cash payment of $30 USD. It is also possible to acquire an e-visa.

The nationals of Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam do not need a tourist visa and may stay for 21 to 30 days depending on the country.

Citizens of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Sudan cannot acquire a visa on arrival and need to make advance arrangements.

Click here for the official website about visa information.


Cambodia uses two official currencies, the U.S. Dollar (USD) and the Cambodian Riel (KHR), but the USD is the main form of currency accepted everywhere. Instead of using coins for cents as in the United States, Riel act as “change” for units smaller than $1 USD. The exchange rate roughly equals $1 USD to 4,000 Riel, or 25 cents to 1,000 Riel, making transactions involving both currencies relatively straightforward. We recommend you bring sufficient USD prior to your arrival to avoid the use of ATMs although they are prevalent around the city should you need one. Some banks and grocery stores have the capacity to break $100 bills, but it is better to bring $20, $10, $5, and $1 bills to avoid the need altogether. Otherwise, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at larger hotels and some restaurants, but Cambodia is largely a cash economy.

Cell Phones

Just outside of the airport baggage claim terminal, several carriers sell SIM cards with 4G data for only a few dollars. We recommend you get a tourist SIM card from SMART in order to have internet access while in Phnom Penh. Rates are very affordable.


While you are traveling around Cambodia, be aware of petty theft. Always keep track of and hold onto your bags and belongings when walking or driving around tuk tuk. Personal items like bags, phones, and wallets can be taken by passerby.


July is in the middle of Cambodia’s rainy season. Expect hot, humid days with one short, rainfall every afternoon. Bring a raincoat, an umbrella, a good pair of water-friendly shoes, and insect repellent for the mosquitos.


The attire in Cambodia is rather modest compared to Western standards. While locals in Phnom Penh have grown accustomed to the dress of tourists, we recommend you bring appropriate clothing for events and sightseeing. Loose fitting or lightweight pants, skirts, blouses, and short-sleeved shirts are encouraged, but feel free to bring shorts to wear during your downtime and maybe even a swimsuit for your hotel pool. In order to see Cambodia’s sacred sites, such as wats (pagodas), the Royal Palace, and memorial sites like Tuol Sleng and Cheoung Ek, visitors will need tops that completely cover your shoulders and bottoms that go past your knees, otherwise you will be turned away.

Getting Around Phnom Penh

If you hope to venture around Phnom Penh on your own, download Grab, a smartphone application similar to lyft/über that will allow you to select your pick-up and drop-off locations for affiliated tuk tuk, rickshaw, and cars at standardized flat rates. We recommend you download and sign up for Grab before you arrive so you can effortlessly get around on your own and keep your phone in your bag while riding around. The prices on Grab are listed in RIEL, not USD. For those not using the app, locate the street you are headed to and find the biggest landmarks (wat, hotels, etc.) near your destination in case your driver does not understand where you would like to go. 


Accommodation Information

The conference has blocked a number of discounted rooms for July 14-19, 2019 at Himawari Hotel, the official conference hotel, at special rates. The hotel is located in the central riverside neighborhood, close to the Royal Palace, National Museum, and other sites. Free shuttles to and from the conference sessions at AUPP will depart from the Himawari lobby each morning. Please note that all prices are in USD.

Only a limited number of rooms are available, and you must mention Discount Code *AUPP* at the time of reservation to receive the special rate. To make your reservation with the special rate, please contact:

Ms. Khem Katya (Kat)

Senior Sales Executive

Email: sales_exec2@himawari.com.kh

Telephone: (+855) 23 214 555, (+855) 16 87 17 67 / 77 89 61 99 Ext: 821

Whatsapp/We Chat/ Telegram/ Line: 016871767

Himawari Hotel

313 Sisowath Quay,

Khan Duan Penh, Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia

Official Website

Rooms and IAGS Rates:

1-Bedroom Executive (1 king) for USD $125/night

Himawari Suite (1 king or 2 twins) for USD $100/night

2-Bedroom Executive (1 king and 2 twins) for USD $200/night

2-Bedroom Premium (1 king, 1 twin, 1 optional bed) for USD $200/night*

*if only 3 students book the 2-bedroom premium suite, they will be charged USD $50/night each (USD $150/night total) rather than USD $200/night.


Alternative Accommodation Options:

Shuttles to and from the sessions at AUPP will depart from the Himawari, our official conference hotel, to the campus of AUPP. For participants who would prefer other budget-friendly options, alternative hotels and guesthouses in walking distance from the Himawari are listed below. Room rates are estimates only.

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

<12 minutes walking distance from Himawari Hotel

Rooms & Rates:

  • Deluxe Twin (2 singles) for USD $77/night
  • Deluxe Double (1 queen) for USD $77/night

Reservations available through their website.

King Grand Boutique Hotel

<5 minutes walking distance from Himawari Hotel

 Rooms & Rates:

  • Standard Double (1 queen) for USD $45/night
  • Deluxe Twin or Double (2 singles or 1 queen) for USD $50/night
  • Deluxe Triple (1 queen and 1 single) for USD $71/night

Reservations available through their website.

Queen Grand Boutique and Spa

<5 minutes walking distance from Himawari Hotel

Rooms & Rates:

  • Deluxe Double or Twin (1 double or 2 singles) for USD $55/night

Reservations available through their website.

Alibi Villa Guesthouse

<5 minutes walking distance from shuttles and Himawari Hotel

Rooms & Rates:

  • Superior Single (2 twins) for USD $25/night
  • Superior Double (1 double or 2 twins) for USD $25/night

Reservations available directly through their website.

The Artist Guesthouse

<15 minutes walking distance from shuttles and Himawari Hotel

Rooms & Rates:

  • Standard Double (1 double) for USD $28/night
  • Deluxe Double Balcony (1 double and 1 single) for USD $40/night
  • Family Balcony (2 doubles) for USD $50/night
  • Standard Twin Bunk Bed (1 large bunk bed) for USD $26/night

Reservations available directly through their website.

Bright Lotus Guesthouse

  • 22 Preah Ang Makhak Vann Street 178, Sangkat Chey Chomnas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Phone: +855 012 676 682

<11 minutes walking distance from shuttles and Himawari Hotel

Rooms & Rates:

  • Twin (2 singles) for USD $18/night
  • Double (1 queen) for USD $18/night

Reservations available through booking.com.

RS III Location Hostel

  • House #29, Street 178
  • Tel: +855 070 779 575

<12 minutes walking distance from shuttles and Himawari Hotel

Rooms & Rates:

  • 6-Bed Dormitory  (mixed and female) for USD $12.50/night per person
  • 4-Bed Dormitory (mixed and female) for USD $17/night

Reservations available through booking.com.

Experience Phnom Penh

About Phnom Penh

While still a developing country, Cambodia has significantly grown its tourism and public infrastructure, making Phnom Penh a reasonably priced, hospitable, and safe tourist destination. Barely over a half-century ago, Phnom Penh was considered the “Pearl of Asia” to some and the “Paris of the East” to others, as the city itself was beautiful and bustling, and its architecture juxtaposed by timeless French colonial facades and stunningly ornate Buddhist wats. While war and revolution during the 2nd half of the 20th century did not spare Phnom Penh, the city has recently become a metropolis of food, culture, and nightlife shared by locals, backpackers, and its ever-growing expat scene. The development is fascinating to witness, albeit disconcerting at times, as the city and its people grapple with healing decade-old wounds, all while being thrust into a new, fast-paced era.

Top Things to See in Phnom Penh

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is the memorial site of the S-21 interrogation and detention center of the Khmer Rouge regime. As the largest prison and torture center in the country, Tuol Sleng preserves an importance piece of this tragic period in Cambodian history and aims to encourage visitors to be messengers of peace. The museum displays rooms of victim’s photographs and equipment, while the audio guide colors the conditions within the prison during the time of its operation and narrates the stories of those displayed in the photographs.

Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants who had been detained and tortured at S-21 were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. Today a peaceful memorial site with a recently constructed, grand Buddhist Stupa that houses more than 8000 skulls found on-site, Choeung Ek is an important site for those interested in the horrors of Khmer Rouge rule and the impact it had on victims and survivors of the regime. Located outside of the city center in Phnom Penh, be sure to budget in time for your visit.

Royal Palace

Conveniently situated next to Himawari Hotel and Chaktomuk Theatre on Cambodia’s Riverside, the Royal Palace showcases the brilliance of classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding scene common throughout Phnom Penh. As the official residence of King Sihamoni, only the throne hall and several buildings surrounding it are open to the public. Visitors must wear shorts that reach the knee and shirts that completely cover the shoulders, or else you will be refused entry. A tour is recommended in order to get the most out of the history and architecture around the palace compound.

Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo)

Part of the Royal Palace grounds, the Silver Pagoda, otherwise known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, was originally constructed out of wood in 1892 by King Norodom before it was rebuilt in 1962 to display the brilliance and richness of Khmer civilization. While more than half of the pagoda’s contents were lost, stolen, or destroyed during the wars of the last few decades, the silver-tiled floors, bejeweled objects, and intricate examples of artisanship and craft continue to line the spectacular interior.

National Museum of Cambodia

Near the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia was built from 1917 and 1920 by the French and now houses dozens of traditional terracotta structures that make up the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. Aside from containing works from the Angkor era of the Khmer Empire (9th to 15th century C.E.), the museum also has pottery and bronze dating back to the 4th century under the Funan and Chenla periods. Set up around a gorgeous courtyard, the National Museum is worth a visit for anyone interested in Cambodia’s more ancient history.

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom sits on a 27 meter-high hill – the only in Phnom Penh – and is the tallest religious structure in the city. The first pagoda on the site was said to be erected in 1373 to hold four statues of Buddha that had been shored by the waters of the Mekong and discovered by a woman named Penh.


From Friday, 19 July to Sunday, 21 July, AUPP has organized excursions around Cambodia for conference attendees staying after Thursday’s concluding sessions.  Take a look at these interesting and educational tours to see sites around Cambodia that are related to the conference theme. There will be four excursions on Friday, one on Saturday, and one unique, all-inclusive trip to Battambang from Friday until Sunday. Please arrive to the Himawari Hotel at least 15 minutes in advance of the stated departure time in order to check-in for your excursion. 

You must register in order to reserve your spot. Click on the photo to open the individual registration page for each excursion. Please email info@iags2019.com with any questions.

Justice and Memory in Present Day Cambodia

An inside look at the legal centers that have been in charge of justice and documentation in Cambodia. Hear from experts at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and its associated archival and documentation center about the role of the court in reconciliation and recovery in Cambodia. The full written version of the trial judgement for Case 002/2 was released by the ECCC’s Trial Chamber less than four months ago!

8:00am departure from Himawari by bus on Friday, 19 July; 1:30pm return.

$20/person (includes water and snack)

Capacity: 28 people

DK Security Center Tour - FULL!

An interactive tour of the predecessor to S-21, the lesser known security center M-13, as well as a nearby dam and pagoda. Bear witness to the continued impact of Democratic Kampuchea on the local population. Dress for a short trek across fields and river banks in the jungle in order to enjoy a local lunch by a beautiful waterfall. Please bring flip flops or water-resistant shoes, a rain jacket, and mosquito repellent

6:00am departure from Himawari by bus on Friday, 19 July; 5:00pm return

$40/person (lunch included; option to bring extra money for donations to the pagoda)

Capacity: 25 people – TOUR IS NOW FULL!

Research Crawl

Visit three of Cambodia’s most prominent research and archival organizations where primary source materials are available on periods before, during, and after Democratic Kampuchea. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the current projects and exhibitions at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center (founded by Rithy Panh), and Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) along with their Sleuk Rith Institute gallery.

8:00am departure from Himawari by bus on Friday, 19 July; 5:00pm return

$20/person (includes water and snack; bring lunch money)

Capacity: 28 people

Champa Battambang

A two-day trip to Cambodia’s third largest city, Battambang, the charming art center of the country, hit hard during the Khmer Rouge period with plenty of poignant memorial sites along the way. The tour includes a visit to the new Cambodia Peace Museum, Phare Ponleau Sepak, the Cambodian Circus, Romchiek 5 Artist Collective, visits to key memorials in the city, and the Sihanouk Buddhist University to learn about spiritual approaches to peace and reconciliation. The package includes tickets, roundtrip transportation to and from Phnom Penh, two nights accommodation, as well as all meals in town. Battambang is six hours by vehicle from Phnom Penh and 3.5 hours from Siem Reap for those who plan to visit Angkor Wat.

7:00am departure from Himawari by bus on Friday, 19 July; return Sunday, 21 July in the afternoon


Capacity: 10-26 people

Please email Rachel Cabulong at rbc.cpcs@gmail.com for inquiries and bookings.

Looking Forward (Conversation with a Buddhist Monk at Wat Langka)

Start with at DC-Cam with a personal introduction from director for a tour of the current exhibits and a screening of the film, The Jungle Guard, at the Sleuk Rith Institute Gallery. Then walk over to the city’s iconic Wat Langka to see The Urns exhibition and to participate in an intimate conversation with the chief monk about reconciliation, trauma, and Buddhism in ever-evolving Cambodia.

Meet DC-Cam on Preah Sihanouk Blvd (274) at 9:00am on Friday, 19 July; end by 1:00pm.

Free! (donations to pagoda are encouraged)

Capacity: 20 people

Jorng Jam Studio and Art Space Tour

In tandem with Jorng Jam Installation and Artist Panel, this tour will give participants a snapshot of contemporary art in Phnom Penh and the cultural and artistic resurgence that has been taking place for some time now. First stop will be at Java Arts – Independence Monument to view the exhibition and meet its founder/ director. Next head to the multidisciplinary studio of Kong Vollak before ending at Bophana Audio Visual Center for a portfolio presentation of Neak Sophal’s contemporary photography and viewing two short films by award-winning director Neang Kavich. The group will be invited to join the artists for drinks and dinner afterwards at one of Phnom Penh’s contemporary art hot spots (additional cost). Email Pip Kelly directly in order to reserve your spot, pipkelly26@gmail.com. www.jorngjam.com

1:00pm departure from Himawari by tuk tuk on Saturday, 20 July; 5:00pm return (without dinner)

$25/person by cash; Subsidized tickets available for arts practitioners

Capacity: 15 people

Past Conferences

The Thirteenth Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

9-13 July 2017, in Brisbane, Australia.

The Twelfth Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

8-12 July 2015, in Yerevan, Armenia

The Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

16-19 July, 2014, in Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

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