Visiting Associate Professor
Heritage Hall 315
(205) 934-3508

Research and Teaching Interests: Global Ethics and Peace, Human Rights and Cultural Transformation, European Philosophy and the History of Ideas, Philosophical Anthropology

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, University of Sydney, Australia
  • MA, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, History
  • MA, University of Sydney, Australia, International Studies
  • MA, Kaholieke Universitet Leuven (KULeuven), Leuven, Belgium, Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion
  • PhD, University of Hong Kong, China, Political Philosophy of Human Rights

Geneviève Souillac teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels on such topics as peace, justice, and human rights. As a passionate advocate of internationalism, her research interests include the philosophy and ethics of peace, religious ethics of nonviolence, and civilizational dialogue for the civic renewal and cultural transformation of democracy and global society. She is the author of Human Rights in Crisis. The Sacred and the Secular in Contemporary French Thought (2005), The Burden of Democracy. The Claims of Cultures, Public Culture, and Democratic Memory (2011), A Study in Transborder Ethics. Justice, Citizenship, Civility (2012), and of numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of global ethics, civilization, and peace.

Before coming to UAB, Souillac has served as:
  • senior university researcher at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) in the University of Tampere, Finland, where she taught courses for the master’s program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research;
  • senior associate professor of Philosophy and Peace Studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, with a special mandate to design and teach courses for the International Rotary Peace Fellowship Master’s Program;
  • lecturer at Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Sydney, Australia; and
  • academic program associate at the United Nations University’s Peace and Governance Program in Tokyo, Japan, where she directed research projects, including one on the ethics of international NGOs.
As a Japan Foundation Fellow, Souillac also conducted interview research on Hiroshima survivors of the atomic bomb and on human rights and peace activists in Okinawa, Japan. With the support of the German Embassy in Japan, she organized an audience-interactive film tour on war memory to Japanese universities. The tour featured Carolin Otto’s documentary on Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer, Der weiße Rabe (The White Raven), which featured a unique and moving Skype interaction between Mannheimer and a Hiroshima survivor.

  • ANTH 104: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • ANTH 330/660: Nationalism, Ethnicity, Violence
  • ANTH 408/508: Conflict Resolution in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Geneviève Souillac, A Study in Transborder Ethics: Justice, Citizenship, and Civility (Peter Lang, 2012).
  • Geneviève Souillac, The Burden of Democracy: The Claims of Cultures, Public Culture, and Democratic Memory (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2011).
  • Geneviève Souillac, Human Rights in Crisis: The Sacred and the Secular in Contemporary French Thought (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2005).

Articles and Book Chapters:
  • Geneviève Souillac and Douglas P. Fry, “Anthropology: Implications for Peace,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace, Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda, and Jasmine Ramovic, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016):69-81.
  • Geneviève Souillac, “Jean Jaurès: A man of peace,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 28 (No. 1, 2016):123-31.
  • Geneviève Souillac and Douglas P. Fry, “A philosophical anthropology of interculturality as a vehicle for the creation of higher-level identities and peace,” Thémata: Revista de Filosofía 52 (2015):31-49.
  • Geneviève Souillac, “The Cosmopolitan Ideal and the Civilizing Process: Expanding Citizenship for Peace,” in The Cosmopolitan Ideal: Challenges and Opportunities, Sybille De La Rosa and Darren O’Byrne, eds. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015):137-56.
  • Geneviève Souillac, “De l’éthique de l’hospitalité à la capacité démocratique,” in Le temps de l’hospitalité. Réception de l’Éthique de l’hospitalité de Daniel Innerarity, Luc Vigneault, Blanca Navarro Pardiñas, Sophie Cloutier, and Dominic Desroches, eds. (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2015):147-60.
  • Geneviève Souillac and Douglas P. Fry, “The Human Quest for Peace, Rights, and Justice: Convergence of the Traditional and the Modern,” in How is Global Dialogue Possible? Foundational Research on Values, Conflicts, and Intercultural Thought, Johanna Seibt and Jesper Garsdal, eds. (de Gruyter, 2015):225-49.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research
  • Member, International Peace Research Association; European Peace Research Association
  • Japan Foundation Fellow, Hiroshima Peace Research Institute, Hiroshima, Japan, 2007
  • Open Society Foundations (George Soros Foundation) grant recipient for the workshop "Ethics in Action. The Successes, Compromises, and Set-backs of Human Rights and Humanitarian Transnational NGOs," Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York, 2001