Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence Against the Armenians 1789—2009
The 16th annual Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture will feature writer, sociologist, and Distinguished Professor Fatma Müge Göçek.
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, Professor Göçek analyzes the narratives of contemporaneous memoir writers and their 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. Reception and book signing to follow. Free! Registration requested.