Program

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

5:00 p.m. Registration

6:00 p.m. Cocktail

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks:
Hülya Adak (Sabancı University Istanbul)
Andrea Despot (European Academy Berlin)

PUBLIC LECTURE

Introduction:
Rolf Hosfeld (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)

Keynote:
The Original Sin of Europe’s Dark 20th Century – (Re)Integrating
the Armenian Genocide into European and World History
Stefan Ihrig (University of Haifa)

Comments:
Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)


Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  

PANEL 1: OTTOMAN ORIGINS

Chair and Discussant:
Richard Antaramian (University of Southern California, Los
Angeles)

Inter-Communal Perceptions and Discourses in the Ottoman
Empire before the Armenian Genocide
Ohannes Kılıçdağı (Bilgi University Istanbul)

Germany’s Talat Bias
Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Zürich/University of
Newcastle, Australia)

Scopes of Agency. Ottoman Armenian and Young Turkish
Decisions and their Impact in 1914-1915
Elke S. Hartmann (Ludwig-Maximilians-University München)


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

PANEL 2: CRITICAL HISTORIOGRAPHIES OF GENOCIDE

Chair:
Sönke Neitzel (University of Potsdam)

“If I Die, I Die”: Danish Missionaries and Relief Workers
among Danes, Armenians, and Turks, 1900-1930
Matthias Bjornlund (Danish Institute for Study Abroad,
Kopenhagen)

“Armenian Genocide” or Extermination of “Ottoman
Christians”? Revisiting Nation, “Millet,” and Sect in Modern
Middle Eastern History
Vicken Cheterian (Graduate Institute Geneva)

A Rehearsal for Genocide? The 1895-1896 Massacres in the
Armenian Genocide Historiography
Emre Can Dağlıoğlu (Clark University, Worcester/Mass.)

Extermination Policies and Military Resistance in 1916: The
Pitfalls of a Dominant Paradigm
Hilmar Kaiser (Historian, Pnom Penh)

Discussant:
Nazan Maksudyan (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin)


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PANEL 3: AFTERMATH OF GENOCIDE

Chair:
Christin Pschichholz (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)

Beyond Relief: A Sketch of the Near East Relief’s Humanitarian
Operations, 1918-1929
Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute Geneva)

The Genocide and Armenian Refugees in Interwar Romania
Lidia Prisac/Ion Xenofontov (Academy of Sciences of Moldova,
Chisinau)

Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Armenians in the Ottoman
Empire after the First World War (1918-1923)
Ari Şekeryan (Oxford University)

Mandelstam and the Missing Link: From Minority Protection to
Human Rights Law in the Interwar Era and Beyond
Helmut Aust (Free University of Berlin)

Discussant:
Michael Schwartz (Institute of Contemporary History, München/Berlin)


4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

PANEL 4: GENOCIDES AND LITERATURES

Chair:
Johannes Houwink ten Cate (Centre for Holocaust and
Genocide Studies, University of Amsterdam)

Narrating the Armenian Genocide and Jewish Holocaust in
Turkish Novels
Marc Baer (London School of Economics and Political
Sciences)

The Role of Language in Testimonies of Mass Violence from a
Comparative Perspective: The Armenian and Jewish Cases
Murat Cankara (University of Ankara)

Testimony and Forgiveness
Marc Nichanian (Independent Scholar, Lisbon)

Contemporary Turkish Literature and its Confrontation with the
Armenian Genocide
Hülya Adak (Sabancı University Istanbul)

Discussant:
Nanor Kebranian (Queen Mary University of London, School of
Law)


8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

PUBLIC EVENT

Introduction:
Rolf Hosfeld (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)

Literature Reading and Discussion:
Armine and Varujan Vosganian read from Varujan Vosganian’s novel
“Book of Whispers”


Sunday, September 17, 2017

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

PANEL 5: TANGLED HISTORIES: KURDS AND ARMENIANS

Chair and Discussant:
Zeynep Türkyılmaz (Koç University Istanbul)

“Fatally-Tied Together:” The Kurds, the Armenian Genocide,
and the Question of Perpetrator and Victimhood
David Leupold (Humboldt University Berlin)

Palimpsests of Violence: History, Memory, and the Ruins of
Anatolia
Anoush Tamar Suni (University of California, Los
Angeles)

Memory that holds onto words: A mini lexicon of the Armenian
Genocide in Kurdish
Adnan Çelik (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales,
Paris)

Why We Should Re-Think the Decision-Making Process in the
Armenian Genocide
Yektan Türkyılmaz (University of Cyprus, Nicosia)


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

PANEL 6: REMEMBERING GENOCIDE

Chair:
Rolf Hosfeld (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)

Minority Histories and Reconciliation in Post-Ottoman Turkey
Erkan Ercel (York University)

“I Think it is the Mother Who Keeps the Things Going”: The
Gendered Division of Labor of Genocide Memory Transmission
Among Young Armenians
Öndercan Muti (Humboldt University Berlin) and Öykü Gürpınar (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

(Post-)memory, gender, and violence. Gendered experiences in
Sasun of the second generation of Armenians after the genocide
Wendy Hamelink (Leiden University)

The Story of a Speech: Debating Armenian-Turkish Relations in
the Aftermath of WWI
Vahé Tachjian (Houshamadyan)

Discussant:
Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PANEL 7: COMMEMORATING AND FORGETTING GENOCIDE

Chair:
Kader Konuk (University Duisburg-Essen)

Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: Spatial Politics of
Memory in Post-Imperial Istanbul
E. Egemen Özbek (Carleton University, Ottawa)

Forgetting Genocide Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and the
British Empire
Michelle Elizabeth Tusan (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

From Politics of Denial to Trivialization of the Armenian
Genocide
Eren Yıldırım Yetkin (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main)

Discussant:
Andrea Petö (Central European University Budapest)


4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: WATS PAST AND FUTURE

Chair:
Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

All Participants and Organizers


8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

PUBLIC EVENT

Screening of the performance “Auction of Souls ” by Arsinée Khanjian commissioned by the Maxim Gorki Theater in 2015.
Afterwards discussion with
Arsinée Khanjian (Actor, Director, Playwright, Toronto) and
Hrag Varjabedian (Independent Researcher, Washington DC)
Directed by Hülya Adak (Sabancı University Istanbul)


Monday, September 18, 2017

10:00 – 12:00 a.m.

VISITING THE LEPSIUSHAUS POTSDAM

Optional for all participants

Venue: Lepsiushaus Potsdam
Große Weinmeisterstraße 45, 14469 Potsdam