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What Do Genocidal Mass Murderers Think When They Kill?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Anthropology Lecture by Richard Rechtman

Richard Rechtman is a Psychiatrist and an Anthropologist. Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has conducted field research on the political and psychological consequences of the Cambodian genocide, and the invention of new psychiatric categories such as posttraumatic stress disorder, psychological suffering and adolescent psychopathology. His current research is focused on the anthropology of mass murderers in the different contexts, from génocide to djihadisme. He as published The Empire of Trauma. An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood (with Didier Fassin) Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. Les Vivantes, Edition Léo Scheer, 2013, and  La vie ordinaire des génocidaires, CNRS editions, Paris (to be published in January 2020)

Presented by the Anthropology Department at The New School for Social Research

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Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Prospective Students


The New School for Social Research, Department of Anthropology





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