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Critical Approaches to Genocide
History, Politics and Aesthetics of 1915

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ISBN 9780367085834
March 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The study of genocide has been appropriate in emphasizing the centrality of the Holocaust yet other preceding episodes of mass violence are of great significance. Taking a transnational and transhistorical approach, this volume redresses and replaces the silencing of the Armenian Genocide.

Scholarship relating to the history of denial, comparative approaches in the deportations and killings of Greeks and Armenians during World War I, and women’s histories during the genocide and post-genocide proliferated during the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in 2015. Collectively, however, these studies have not been enough to offer a comprehensive account of the historical record, documentation, and interpretation of events during 1915-16. This study seeks to bridge the gap, by unsettling nationalist narratives and addressing areas such as aesthetics, gender, and sexuality. By bringing forward various dimensions of the human experience, including the political, socioeconomic, cultural, social, gendered, and legal contexts within which such silencing occurred, the essays address the methodological silences and processes of selectivity and exclusion in scholarship on the Armenian Genocide.

The interdisciplinary approach makes Critical Approaches to Genocide a useful resource for all students and scholars interested in the Armenian Genocide and memory studies.

Table of Contents

Preface I. Playing on a New Field: The History of WATS and Where We are Now

Ron Suny

Preface II. Trauma and Genocide Studies in Contested Terrains

Hülya Adak

Preface III. Introduction to Critical Approaches to Genocide

Müge Göçek and Hülya Adak

Part 1: New Methodologies and Directions in Armenian and Genocide Studies

1. Armenian Genocide Studies: Development as a Field, Historiographic Appraisal and The Road Ahead

Stephan H. Astourian

2. Eastern Turkey: The Known, The Unknown, The Disputed and The Desired

U. Ü. Üngör

3. Time and Space Problematic in Studying Genocide: The Armenian Case

Ohannes Kılıçdağı

4. A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide as a perpetrator of the Holocaust: The Case of Eghia Hovhanessian

Andrea Petö

Part 2: Repertoires of Violence and Demographic Engineering

5. Transmitting Ottomanism: Revolution, Diaspora, and the Legacies of Imperial Reform

Richard Antaramian

6. Toward a more holistic history of demographic engineering in the Late Ottoman Empire: Possibilities for a New History?

Emre Erol

7. The Multiple Narratives of the Assyrian Genocide

David Gaunt

8. Colonial Pragmatism and Population Transfer: German perception of ethnic violence during the First World War and the Armenian Genocide

Christin Pschichholz

9. Challenges of Humanism: Johannes Lepsius (1858-1926)

Rolf Hosfeld

Part 3: Aesthetics, Linguistic Pluralism and Memory

10. Another Pluralism: Reading Dostoevsky across The Sea of Marmara

Nanor Kebranian

11. Between Communication and Miscommunication: An Essay on the Role and Representation of Language in Survivor Testimonies

Murat Cankara

12. Storation: A Small Guide to Undoing Restoration

David Kazanjian

Part 4: Gender and Sexuality

13. Finding Place in Exile: Queer Armenian Voices Speak

Deanna Cachoian Schanz

14. The Space between Us: Feminist Conversations on Genocide, Survival and Gender

Ayşe Gül Altınay, Arlene Avakian, Fethiye Çetin

Part 5: Higher Education and Genocide Commemorations in Contemporary Turkey

15. Tosun Terzioğlu's Speech on the Groundbreaking Conference in 2005

Ayşecan Terzioğlu (ed.)

16. Skeletons in the Turkish Closet: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Ayşe Kadıoğlu

17. Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: Spatial Politics of Memory in Post-Imperial Istanbul

Esen Egemen Özbek

Part 6: Afterword

Müge Göçek

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Hülya Adak is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Sabancı University, Turkey.

Fatma Müge Göçek is Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, USA.

Ronald Grigor Suny is William H. Sewell Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan, USA.