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 the First World War, 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 1915-1916. 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.
I Hülya Adak. "Trauma and Genocide Studies in Contested Terrains"
II Hülya Adak and Fatma Müge Göçek. Introduction to “Critical Approaches to Genocide: History, Politics and Aesthetics of 1915”
List of Contributors
New Methodologies and Directions in Armenian and Genocide Studies
1. Playing on a New Field: The History of WATS and Where We are Now
Ronald Grigor Suny
2. Eastern Turkey: The Known, the Unknown, the Disputed, and the Desired
Uğur Ümit 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 Hovhannesian
Repertoires of Violence and Demographic Engineering
5. Transmitting Ottomanism: Revolution, Diaspora, and the Legacies of Imperial Reform
6. The Multiple Narratives of the Assyrian Genocide
7. Colonial Pragmatism and Population Transfer – German Perception of Ethnic Violence during the First World War and the Armenian Genocide
8. Challenges of Humanitarianism: Johannes Lepsius (1858–1926)
Aesthetics, Linguistic Pluralism and Memory
9. Another Pluralism: Reading Dostoevsky across the Sea of Marmara
10. Between Communication and Miscommunication: An Essay on the Role and Representation of Language in Survivor Testimonies
11. Storation: A Small Guide to Undoing Restoration
Gender and Sexuality
12. 'The Space Between Us: Feminist Conversations on Genocide, Survival and Gender'
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Arlene Avakian and Fethiye Çetin
13. Finding Place in Exile: Queer Armenian Voices Speak
Higher Education and Genocide Commemorations in Contemporary Turkey
14. Higher Education in Turkey
Tosun Terzioğlu Edited by Ayşecan Terzioğlu
15. Skeletons in the Turkish Closet: Remembering the Armenian Genocide
16. Commemorating the Armenian Genocide: Spatial Politics of Memory in Post-Imperial Istanbul
Afterword: Fatma Müge Göçek
Critical Approaches to Genocide Afterword
Fatma Müge Göçek