Gender, Memory and Genocide: An International Conference Marking 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide

Gender, Memory and Genocide: An International Conference Marking 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide

Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin; The International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR); Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, London; Sabancı University, Gender and Women’s Studies Forum, Istanbul; Central European University, Department of Gender Studies, Budapest
Technische Universität Straße des 17. Juni 135, Hauptgebäude H 3005 (Sitzungssaal)
Vom - Bis
04.06.2015 - 06.06.2015
Dr. Dilek Güven

The history of Armenian genocide and its aftermath cannot be understood without taking gender into account. As research on the history of the Holocaust and other genocides has demonstrated, genocidal violence has different but related effects on men and women, on gender relations and on gender hierarchies. Its processes have imposed new meanings on biological differences, femininity and masculinity, and on sexuality. Post-genocidal periods have witnessed the reconstitution of gender relations and the gendering of memory. Histories and memories of genocide are deeply gendered, both in their content and their silences. In this conference we aim to bring together Holocaust scholars with experts in the emerging field of gender and genocide. 2015 will mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide and, accordingly, we aim to pay particular attention to research that focuses on its specific history and memory.


4. June, Thursday

17.00 Opening Remarks
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, TU Berlin, ZfA

17.30 Key Note Speech I
Donald Bloxham, Edinburgh
Genocide, the First World War, and the Wider Context, 1875-1945.

18.00 Key Note Speech II
Fatma Müge Göcek, Michigan
Transgenerational Impact of the Armenian Genocide on the Vic- tims and the Perpetrators.

5. June, Friday
10.00 - 12.00 Chair: Ayse Gül Altinay, Istanbul Women, Children and the Genocidal Process

Survival Strategies of Armenian Children during Genocide as Agency, Empowerment, and ‘Growing up’.
Nazan Maksudyan, Berlin

Biopolitical Weapons’: War, Exodus and the Ordeal of Women and Children in Van, March-August 1915.
Yektan Türkyilmaz, Durham

Strong Mothers, Weak Fathers? How Jewish Child Survivors Re- member Their Parents’ Roles Prior to and after Ghettoization. Marta Ansilewska, Berlin

12.00 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 Chair: Andrea Petö, Budapest
Sexual Violence and Survival

Gülizar and Her Sisters: Girl Abduction in the Armenian Provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century.
Elke Hartmann, Berlin

Mixed Marriage, Prostitution, Survival, Reintegrating Armenian Woman into Post-Ottoman Cities.
Vahé Tachjian, Berlin

The negation of Suffering: Forced Sex Labor in Concentration Camp Brothels in Remembrance and Research.
Verena Schneider, Berlin

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.30 Chair: N.N.
Breaking the Silence

What did Jews and Germans in the Third Reich Know about the Armenian Genocide?
Wolf Gruner, Los Angeles

Gendered Narratives of Trauma and Survival: Overcoming the Pat- terns of Cultural Silencing.
Helin Anahit, London

Connecting Across Divides: Feminist Conversations on Genocide, Gender and Survival
Ayse Gül Altinay, Istanbul and Arlene Avakian, Massachusetts

The Genre of Kinship: Aikaterini Gegisian’s ‘Self-Portrait as an Ottoman Woman’
David Kazanjian, Philadelphia

6. June, Saturday

10.00 - 12.00 Chair: N.N.
The Past in the Gender: Gender and Memory
The Remains of the Past: Genocidal Memories of Armenians in Turkey
Bengi Bezirgan, London
Questioning the Voices: Gender and Contemporary Articulations of Armenianness.
Alice von Bieberstein, Cambridge
Gendered Memories of Sexual Violence in Contemporary Armenian- American Literature.
Hülya Adak, Istanbul

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch 14.00 - 15.30

Chair: David Feldman, London
Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide
Breaking Gendered Silences: Lessons Learned from the Holocaust in Hungary and the Armenian Genocide
Andrea Petö, Budapest
Genocide Online: Memory, Gender and the Digital Archive Alina Bothe, Berlin
15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Key Note Speech III
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Berlin Gender and the Holocaust

16.30 Key Note Speech IV
Arlene Avakian, Northampton, Massachusetts
Gender and Denial of the Armenian Genocide: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis
17.00 Conclusion


Dilek Güven

Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7 (TEL 9-1) 10587 Berlin

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