Voices of Experience: Dr. Alexander Hinton (Rutgers)
Dr. Hinton discusses his research among genocide survivors in Cambodia since the 1990s. Between 1975 and 1979, approximately two million Cambodians were killed during the Khmer Rouge. Dr. Hinton’s work has employed anthropological methods to illuminate why such atrocities occur and what justice means in the aftermath of genocide and mass violence. Focusing on the 2009 trial of Duch, a Khmer Rouge torturer, Hinton explores in his recent book (Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer) the differences between global discourses of human rights and local conceptualizations of justice, and the impact of this disparity on Khmer Rouge survivors.