in 1997, the International Research Organisation On Crimes Against
Humanity (AIRCRIGE) is an organisation of interdisciplinarity
university researchers – though not restricted to university.
Its aim is to create a link between individuals, groups of individuals and fields
of knowledge from various events in order to generate the needed forum for exchange
between research, testimony and political critique, so that we can transform
our appallingly controversial, amnesic, cultural relationship to these events
into a way of thinking which would take present and future realities into account.
Against the tendency of communitarian and scientific compartmentalization to
become more rigid, which prevents the creation of such a forum, as well as against
the trivialisation or right-thinking universalism that is often its counterpart,
our aim is to make up a two-way, cross disciplinary link between the various
groups: survivors of genocide and destruction or/and those directly and even
indirectly affected by them, namely all of us.
This link implies that the anthropology of political violence, which is necessary
nowadays, is a critique of the criminal state and of the discourse of accompanying
denials. It requires the combining of what is called “objective” and “subjective” approaches
and thus the contribution of each social science, the taking into account of
international law – including the analysis of its consequences and manipulation – a
study using and concerning testimonies, the deciphering of scientific, political,
aesthetic and media discourse.
AIRCRIGE’ work consists of attempts to articulate these elements – too
fragmented in the present state of research and institutions – the aim
not being to reach a consensus but to shine some light on some blind spots in
each of them.
Catherine Coquio and Irving Wohlfarth
Presidency : Catherine Coquio
Vice Presidency : Claude Mouchard
; George Molinié
Secretary :Elizabeth Applegate (New
York) ; Laure Coret (Paris)
Communication : Aisha
Rahamatali (Genève) ; Carol Guillaume (Paris)
Treasury : Véronique Fouquet
Current support Committee
Sibel Agrali - Janine Altounian - Sandra
Alvarez de Toledo - Michel Audisio - Fethi Benslama - Jean
Bollack - Anna Bravo - Juan Boggino - Michelle Cadoret -
Jean-Pierre Chrétien - Jean-Louis Déotte
- Boubacar Boris Diop - Olivier Douville - Guy Ducrey - Philippe
Dufour - Richard Figuier - Antonia Fonyi - Geneviève
Fraisse - Dominique Franche - Nicole Gabriel - Jeanne-Marie
Gagnebin - José Kagabo - Lilas Kaminsky - Isabelle Krzywkowski
- Bernard Latarjet - Gyslain Levy - Michel Launay - Charles
Malamoud - Francis Marmande - Gustave Massiah - Marc Nichanian
- Régis Lefort
- Florent Schaeffer - Bernhard Taureck - Enzo Traverso - Christine
Van Rogger-Andreucci (†) - François-Xavier Vershave
(†) - Ruth Vogel-Klein - Abdourahman Waberi.
(Last update: 2007, march)
Since it started, AIRCRIGE has
been the framework of many meetings, symposiums and publications.
For further details, you are invited to refer to the corresponding
pages of our website, as well as to the archives section
information bulletin >. Everyone who wishes to take
part, to help financially or merely to be informed, can join
(Trans. A. Maury)