November 1-3, 2018
5th International Conference on Genocide

The Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento, in collaboration with its partners presents the 5th International Conference on Genocide. 

This is the 5th time the  Conference on Genocide is taking place at the Sacramento State Campus. The conferences solidify the legacy of our late Rwandan colleague Professor Alexandre  Kimenyi, whose pioneering spirit and selfless sacrifice led to Sacramento State hosting the first International Genocide conference in 1998. The Genocide Conferences also underscore our commitment to foster a university community that values diversity and promotes international understanding and goodwill. 

This year’s theme Forms of Genocide Across the Globe: Challenges, Responses and Accountability  examines themes related to collective memory of genocide with a specific focus on  denial and revisionism;  international arrest warrants in the aftermath of genocide; survivor’s testimonies; transitional justice; genocide prevention;  and ending impunity and promoting the extradition and prosecution of fugitives from mass killings.

The conference explores ideologies that diminish the significance and severity of genocide through historical revisionism in Rwanda and other genocide contexts such as Germany, Armenia, and Bosnia. Other welcome topics may include all aspects of genocide in the 20th and 21st  centuries, including the Jewish Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Cambodian killing fields, East Timor, the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, Darfur, as well as the genocide of indigenous people in the Americas, Oceania, and the Australia. Papers that address mass killings in Indonesia 1965-1966, East Pakistan, Godhra, and Rohingya massacres in Myanmar, will be considered.

The 5th International conference will engage challenges, responses, and responsibilities ratified in  Articles V  and VII  of the  UN  Convention on the Prevention and  Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, collaboration of countries like Rwanda with the international community in efforts to bring those involved in the 1994  Genocide to justice, and successful past strategies, and new initiatives to make efforts of post-genocide governments more effective.  


I am a native of Rwanda. I came to the United States in 1971 as a Fulbright Fellow to pursue my graduate studies at UCLA hoping to go back and contribute to the development of my country. I never saw my family and friends since. 

I ended up being a US citizen, instead due to the massacre of my family members and my friends in 1973 because of their Tutsi ethnicity and the 1994 Tutsi genocide which exterminated almost my entire family. 

Dr. Alexandre Kimenyi
Professor Emeritus
Department of Ethnic Studies