Conceptualizing Mass Violence draws attention to the conspicuous inability to inhibit mass violence in myriads forms and considers the plausible reasons for doing so. Focusing on a postcolonial perspective, the volume seeks to popularize and institutionalize the study of mass violence in South Asia.

The essays explore and deliberate upon the varied aspects of mass violence, namely revisionism, reconstruction, atrocities, trauma, memorialization and literature, the need for Holocaust education, and the criticality of dialogue and reconciliation. The language, content, and characteristics of mass violence/genocide explicitly reinforce its aggressive, transmuting, and multifaceted character and the consequent necessity to understand the same in a nuanced manner. The book is an attempt to do so as it takes episodes of mass violence for case study from all inhabited continents, from the twentieth century to the present. The volume studies ‘consciously enforced mass violence’ through an interdisciplinary approach and suggests that dialogue aimed at reconciliation is perhaps the singular agency via which a solution could be achieved from mass violence in the global context.

The volume is essential reading for postgraduate students and scholars from the interdisciplinary fields of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, World History, Human Rights, and Global Studies.

part |16 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Reading mass violence

ByNavras J. Aafreedi, Priya Singh

part 1|42 pages


chapter 2|10 pages

Violence and violations 1

Betrayal narratives in atrocity accounts
ByDennis B. Klein

chapter 3|16 pages

Holocaust survivors in Mexico

Intersecting and conflicting narratives of open doors, welcoming society and personal hardships
ByDaniela Gleizer, Yael Siman

part 2|38 pages

Revisionism & reconstruction

chapter 6|14 pages

The Genocide of 1971 in Bangladesh

Lessons from history
BySrimanti Sarkar

chapter 7|10 pages

Holocaust denial and minimization in the Indian Urdu press

ByMd. Muddassir Quamar

part 3|54 pages


chapter 8|15 pages

Holocaust education and remembrance in Australia

Moving from family and community remembrance to human rights education
BySuzanne D. Rutland, Suzanne Hampel

chapter 9|12 pages

New developments in Holocaust and genocide education in South Africa

The case study of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
ByTali Nates

chapter 10|12 pages

A case of naive normalization?

India’s misbeliefs about Hitler and schooling on the Holocaust
ByAnubhav Roy

chapter 11|13 pages

Holocaust education in India and its challenges

ByNavras J. Aafreedi

part 4|44 pages


chapter 12|14 pages

Sonderkommando Photo 4 and the portrayal of the invisible 1

ByDavid Patterson

chapter 13|14 pages

Overcoming “intimate hatreds”

Reflections on violence against Yezidis
ByTutku Ayhan, Güneş Murat Tezcür

chapter 14|14 pages

The state and its margins

Changing notions of marginality in Turkey
ByAnita Sengupta

part 5|16 pages


chapter 15|14 pages

Pinochet’s dictatorship and reflections on trauma in Chile

How much have we learned in terms of human rights?
ByNancy Nicholls Lopeandía

part 6|28 pages


chapter 16|11 pages

“Grassroots” Holocaust museums

Revealing untold stories
ByStephanie Shosh Rotem

chapter 17|14 pages

Fabric, food, song

The quiet continuities in Bengali life 70 years after partition
ByRituparna Roy

part 7|13 pages


chapter 18|11 pages

The failure of secular publics and the rise of the Jewish religious public in Nathan Englander’s

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
ByFuzail Asar Siddiqi

part 8|12 pages

Dialogue and reconciliation

chapter 19|8 pages

The 2002 Alexandria Summit and its follow-up

ByDavid Rosen