Debating the Origins, Development, and Impact of the Armenian Genocide (1850s-1938)

Conference/Symposium | April 20 | 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Taner Akcam, Clark University; Stephan Astourian, UC Berkeley; Hamit Bozarslan, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris; Etienne Copeaux, Retired Historian, Paris; Raymond Kévorkian, Emeritus, Université Paris 8 : Vincennes-Saint-Denis; Hans-Lukas Kieser, University of Newcastle, Australia, and University of Zürich; Mehmet Polatel, 2018-2019 Manoogian Post-doctoral fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ronald Suny, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

The unusually broad focus of this conference aims at assessing various historiographical aspects of the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath. Some of the issues that deserve to be discussed include, among others, the following:
-The Tanzimat reforms and ethnoreligious polarization.
-The continuity or discontinuity between the Armenian Genocide and the cases of mass violence that preceded it, such as the massacres in Sasun, the Hamidian massacres of 1895-96, or the Adana massacres.
-The role of ideology and of the CUP political regime.
-The role of the Armenian Reform Act.
-The argument about the “incremental radicalization” of CUP leaders that resulted in the Armenian Genocide and the issue of the decision-making of the genocide.
-The chronological and geographical pattern of the Armenians’ extermination and deportations and what it tells us about its planning, or lack of it.
-The role of key leaders, such as Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, Bahaeddin Şakir, and others.
-The “completion” of the Armenian Genocide in various ways under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
-The role played by the denial of the Armenian Genocide in Turkish political and popular culture.
-The links, if any, between the Armenian Genocide and the mass violence that preceded it on the one hand and the cases of mass violence during the Kemalist period on the other hand.
Obviously, not all the above-mentioned topics have been convincingly documented yet and some are still subject to debate.