The Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies was founded with the aim of combining research on the causes and structures of collective, state-based persecution and violence with a pointed research on the individual, social and political consequences of collective violence. The bridge between research on genocide and research on exile, migrations, memory and trauma forms the guiding principle of our work: neither do collective forms of violence begin nor end up with the deaths caused thereby. They have a prehistory of persecution, and they also ask to investigate the post-history of survival, migration, and traumatic long-term consequences over several generations. With this guiding principle, the institute not only has an independent research perspective, but also underlines the obligation to consciously take over social responsibilities.

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