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Emerging data sources and the study of genocide: a preliminary analysis of prison data from S-21 security-center, Cambodia

  • James Tyner
  • Xinyue Ye
  • Sokvisal Kimsroy
  • Zheye Wang
  • Chenjian Fu


The geographical and historical analysis of mass violence, such as genocide, has been limited by incomplete data sets. Accordingly, geographers and other social scientists have in recent years attempted to synthesize disparate sources of information in order to provide more robust analyses of the patterns and trends of mass violence. In this article we explore the limitations and opportunities of a unique data set associated with the Cambodian genocide (1975–1979). Specifically, we detail the development of a database using information from a security-center (S-21) associated with the Cambodian genocide (1975–1979). Our intent is to highlight both the challenges and benefits of data analysis in the context of genocide, thus contributing both to the epistemological issues associated with the rigorous analysis of inchoate data sources and also to our concrete knowledge of atrocities associated with Cambodia.


Digital humanities Emerging data sources Genocide S-21 security-center Cambodia 



This work has been supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Kent State University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Tyner
    • 1
  • Xinyue Ye
    • 1
  • Sokvisal Kimsroy
    • 1
  • Zheye Wang
    • 1
  • Chenjian Fu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyKent State UniversityKentUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeologyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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