The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Presents a Lecture by
Dr. Taner Akçam
Forced Assimilation As a Structural Component of the Armenian Genocide
Feb. 3, 2011
395 Concord Avenue
Recent genocide scholarship has rediscovered the vital work of Raphael Lemkin-not only as a legal scholar but also as an historian and social scientist. His unpublished autobiography and work on the history of genocide have given new inspirations and ideas to a new generation of scholars to rethink and reevaluate existing scholarship.
Following Lemkin and, more importantly, based on newly-revealed documents from the Ottoman archives, Akçam argues that assimilation in fact was a structural element in the genocidal process and calls for analysis and a reassessment of the methods and motivations of this aspect of the Armenian Genocide.
Taner Akçam is the author of From Empire To Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide and A Shameful Act: the Armenian Genocide and Turkish Responsibility.