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Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples: A discussion between the organizers of the October 2021 Conference

October 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

An online discussion between:
Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Dorota Glowacka, University of King’s College, Canada
Wolf Gruner, University of Southern California

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, three members of the organizing committee will discuss goals and plans for the international conference “Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples – The Case of the Americas and Australia/Pacific Region.” The conference, postponed until October 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will convene Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge holders and scholars from around the world at the University of Southern California, which sits on the traditional land of the Tongva/Gabrieliño People.

The conference will provide a forum for knowledge holders and leading and emerging scholars to present and discuss groundbreaking research on the topics of genocide against Indigenous peoples in North America, Latin America, and Australia/Pacific Region; the long-lasting impacts of mass violence on those communities until today; and the resistance, agency, and initiatives of Indigenous peoples from the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific Region to effect change. The conference, hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, will foster an interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue on these subjects across a wide variety of historical, geographic, and cultural contexts. Join us to learn more about the conference and the ways in which these topics are of vital importance today.


Supporting cosponsors of the conference:
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI)
Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW)
Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program – University of Arizona Law

The conference’s organizing committee is identifying strategic partners to contribute to funding, supporting, and promoting the conference. Interested parties are invited to contact the Center at

Image above courtesy of the names of places. Indigenous Australian artist Judy Watson and her collaborators created a multimedia project documenting the massacre sites of Indigenous Australians across Australia.