14 December 2017

First issue of the Journal of Perpetrator Research launched

Nicolae Ceauşescu and Kim Il Sung during the party and state visit to the DPR Korea (1971). Source: Wikimedia Commons/Romanian Communism Online Photo Collection under the digital ID 33292X4X9
Ceaușescu meeting with North Korea's "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung in 1971). Source: Wikimedia Commons/Romanian Communism Online Photo Collection under the digital ID 33292X4X9

The first issue of the Journal of Perpetrator Research (JPR) has been launched. JPR is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, open access journal committed to promoting the scholarly study of perpetrators of mass killings, political violence, and genocide.   

The editors are Kara Critchell (University of Chester), Susanne C. Knittel (Utrecht University), Emiliano Perra (University of Winchester), and Uğur Ümit Üngör (Utrecht University).

Dr. Suzanne Knittel
Dr. Susanne Knittel

Perpetrators

The journal fosters scholarly discussions about perpetrators and perpetratorship across the broader continuum of political violence. JPR does not confine its attention to any particular region or period. Instead, its mission is to provide a forum for analysis of perpetrators of genocide, mass killing and political violence via research taking place within the fields of history, criminology, law, forensics, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, memory studies, psychology, politics, literature, film studies and education. In providing this interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary space the journal moves academic research on this topic beyond, and between, disciplinary boundaries to provide a forum in which robust and interrogative research and cross-curricular discourse can stimulate lively intellectual engagement with perpetrators.

Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör. Foto Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW
Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör. Foto Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW

Present challenges

JPR thus not only addresses issues related to perpetrators in the past but also responds to present challenges. The fundamental questions informing the journal include: how do we define, understand and encounter the figure of the perpetrator of political violence? What can we discern about their motivations, and how can that help society and policy-makers in countering and preventing such occurrences? How are perpetrators represented in a variety of memory spaces including art, film, literature, television, theatre, commemorative culture and education?

JPR is published annually by Winchester University Press.

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the journal, please feel free to register as a reader (https://journals.winchesteruniversitypress.org/index.php/jpr/user/register).

JPR also invites submissions for our second issue, to be published in late 2018. Instructions and editorial guidelines can be found on JPR’s website.