Researchers around the world will gather in Istanbul Bilgi University April 26, 2015 to participate in an international conference titled “The Armenian Genocide: Concepts and Comparative Perspectives” and co-sponsored by the University of Istanbul Bilgi, Foundation of Turkish History (Tarih Vakfı) and Chair of Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The conference will be part of the series of a week of activities commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul organized by DurDe a Turkish organization of human rights, and Project 2015, a group based in the US to help Armenians organize visits Turkey for historical commemoration.
“This is a very important opportunity for researchers worldwide to address critical aspects of the facts and history of the Armenian genocide here in Istanbul, 100 years after it began,” said Bülent Bilmez President Bilgi the History Department and the Foundation of history in Turkey. “We hope that talking openly about the common history of Armenians and other peoples of Turkey, something that has not always been possible, help our society to come to terms with the past.”
Among the scholars participating in the conference include Norman Naimark, Jay Winter, Dirk Moses Müge Göçek, Cathie Carmichael, Keith Watenpaugh, Uğur Ümit Üngör and Mehmet Polatel. The rally will probe the concept of genocide in comparative perspective, exploring the forcible transfer of children, and consider how the genocide was mapped in historiography and immortalized in the collective and historical memory.
“For those who have suggested that historians examine the history of the Armenian genocide we say,” We come to Istanbul to do just that, with other historians in Turkey, “said Richard Hovannisian Sebouh Aslanian and co-chairs of the Chair in Modern Armenian History at the History Department of the University of California, Los Angeles. “A frank and open discussion on the historical record is our way of contributing to the knowledge and education on the Armenian genocide in Turkey.”
Thursday, March 19, 2015,
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