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Denial of Violence

Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009
April 30, 2018 - 7:00pm

Presented by Fatma Müge Göçek

7:00 pm Lecture | Reception and book signing to follow

This event is free and open to the public.

With the intent to analyze the origins and continuity of the collective violence committed against the Armenians through Ottoman and republican history up to the present, the talk analyzes the narratives of 297 contemporaneous memoir writers and their 315 texts. The analysis provides a historically based explanation not only for the emergence of such collective violence, but its continuation across two hundred twenty years from 1789 to 2009. The talk concludes that the layering of denial across the centuries makes it very challenging for contemporary Turkish state and society to acknowledge this foundational violence committed against the Armenians

About Fatma Müge Göçek

Fatma Müge Göçek is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of history, politics and gender in the first and third worlds. She critically analyzes the impact of processes such as development, nationalism, religious movements and collective violence on minorities. She has a multitude of published works on this topic.

About the Ohanessian Chair Lecture

The Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture results from a generous gift by Arsham Ohanessian to the College of Liberal Arts. Arsham was a successful businessman, avid musician, and dedicated community leader. He was devoted to promoting peaceful reconciliation among peoples. His gift to the University of Minnesota supports a wide range of educational, research, and public programs concerning human rights, ethnic and national conflicts, and Armenian history and culture.

This event has been organized by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, and the Department of Sociology.