Critical Approaches to Genocide
History, Politics and Aesthetics of 1915
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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
Preface II. Trauma and Genocide Studies in Contested Terrains
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
4. A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide as a perpetrator of the Holocaust: The Case of Eghia Hovhanessian
Part 2: Repertoires of Violence and Demographic Engineering
5. Transmitting Ottomanism: Revolution, Diaspora, and the Legacies of Imperial Reform
6. Toward a more holistic history of demographic engineering in the Late Ottoman Empire: Possibilities for a New History?
7. The Multiple Narratives of the Assyrian Genocide
8. Colonial Pragmatism and Population Transfer: German perception of ethnic violence during the First World War and the Armenian Genocide
9. Challenges of Humanism: Johannes Lepsius (1858-1926)
Part 3: Aesthetics, Linguistic Pluralism and Memory
10. Another Pluralism: Reading Dostoevsky across The Sea of Marmara
11. Between Communication and Miscommunication: An Essay on the Role and Representation of Language in Survivor Testimonies
12. Storation: A Small Guide to Undoing Restoration
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
17. Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: Spatial Politics of Memory in Post-Imperial Istanbul
Esen Egemen Özbek
Part 6: Afterword
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.