CONF/PROG - Gender, Memory and Genocide: An International Conference Marking 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide, Jun. 4 - 6, 2015, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 26, 2015

Event Dates: from Jun 04, 2015 12:00 to Jun 06, 2015 12:00

Third International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR) Conference

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.

The International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism; Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin; Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism; Sabancı University, Gender and Women’s Studies Forum, Istanbul and Central European University, Department of Gender Studies, Budapest

Speakers include: Arlene Avakian, Massachusetts; Donald Bloxham, Edinburgh; Fatma Müge Göcek, Michigan; Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Berlin
Date: Jun. 4 - 6, 2015
Time: All Day
Venue: The Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany
Free event open to all: No registration required



17.00Opening Remarks

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum , Berlin


Key note speech 1

Donald Bloxham, Edinburgh

Genocide, the First World War, and the Wider Context, 1875-1945.

17.30 Key note speech 2

Fatma Müge Göcek, Michigan

Transgenerational Impact of the Armenian Genocide on the Victims and the Perpetrators.

5. June

Chair: Ayse Gül Altinay , Istanbul


Women, Children and the Genocidal Process

Nazan Maksudyan, Berlin

Survival Strategies of Armenian Children during Genocide as Agency, Empowerment, and 'Growing up'.

Zeynep Kutluata, Istanbul

‘My Son is Innocent’ Petitions Written by Armenian Women of the Otoman State during WWI.

Yektan Türkyilmaz , Durham

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

Marta Ansilewska, Berlin

Strong Mothers, Weak Fathers? How Jewish Child Survivors Remember Their Parents' Roles Prior to and after Ghettoization.

12.00-13.30 Lunch


Chair: Andrea Petö, Budapest

Sexual Violence and Survival

Elke Hartman, Darmstadt

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

Vahe Tachjiyan , Berlin

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

Verena Schneider, Berlin

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

15.30-16.00 Break


Chair: Shabo Talay, Berlin Breaking the Silence

Wolf Gruner, Los Angeles

What did Jews and Germans in the Third Reich Know about the Armenian Genocide?

Helin Anahit, London

Gendered Narratives of Trauma and Survival: Overcoming the Patterns

of Cultural Silencing.

Ayse Gül Altinay Istanbul and Arlene Avakian Massachusetts

Bridging Divides: Conversations on the Armenian Genocide through the Prism of Gender, Race and Class.

David Kazanjian, Philadelphia

The Scent of a Single Weathered Threshold’: Flânerie Among the Ruins in

Aikatarini Gegisian’s My Pink City.

18.30 Dinner


6. June


Chair: Kristin Platt, Bochum 10.00-12.00

The Past in the Gender: Gender and Memory

Bengi Bezirgan , London

The Remains of the Past: The Genocidal Memory of Armenians in


Alice von Bieberstein, Cambridge

Questioning the Voices: Gender and Contemporary Articulations of Armenianness.

Hülya Adak, Istanbul

Gendered Memories of Sexual Violence in Contemporary Armenian-

American Literature.

Sossie Kasbarian, Lancaster

From Genocide Recognition to Gendered Silences: The Disparities within Armenian Diasporic Discourses on Remembering and Memorialisation in 2015.

12.00-13.30 Lunch


Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide

Chair: David Feldman, London

Andrea Petö, Budapest

Armenian Genocide/Holocaust

Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Massachusetts

A Gendered Comparison of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust

Alina Bothe, Berlin

Genocide Online : Memory , Gender and the Digital Archive

15.30 Break

16.00 Key note speech 3

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Berlin

Gender and the Holocaust

16.30 Key note speech 4

Arlene Avakian, Massachusetts

Gender and Denial of the Armenian Genocide: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis

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