In Amsterdam, there’s a street named after Raphael Lemkin. It’s in the southeast, historically a mostly Surinamese neighborhood. Once, walking through, I saw two teenage kids playing football on a corner.
« Yo guys, » I tried, « do you live here? »
« Yes, » said the eye-rolling goalkeeper.
« Do you know who Raphael Lemkin is? » I asked.
« No we don’t, » replied the other, and kicked the ball with an aggression I suspect was directed at me.
As an academic field, « Genocide Studies » is a house with many rooms. It accommodates and even encourages a broadening of its central concept. And like all academic fields, it presumes its object of study will always be there.