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Melis Behlil <[log in to unmask]>
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Apologies for cross-posting & please spread the word

Call for Papers

Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop 2015
“Genocide of the Ottoman Armenians in Art, Theater, Cinema, and Literature”

November 5-6, 2015

Sabancı University, Istanbul
In collaboration with Anadolu Kültür and Istanbul Policy Center

Since the coinage of the term “genocide” by Raphael Lemkin and its adoption
in international law in 1948, scholarship has focused predominantly on
historical accounts of what happened in 1915-16, privileging the “archives”
and various types of documents that serve as “proof” of the claims for
genocide (or denialist claims against it). Yet, from the early years
following 1915 to today, literature, art, theater and cinema (as early as
Ravished Armenia in 1919) have provided crucial means for affective,
historical and political reflections on this catastrophic experience. In
recent years, it is possible to observe a remarkable diversification in
such explorations, as well as their scholarly analyses.

This year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the genocide of the Ottoman
Armenians, Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop 2015 aims to bring together
scholars, artists, filmmakers and writers to reflect on the literary,
artistic and cinematic responses to this event.

We welcome proposals that address such questions and issues as:
• the politics of representation and reception of the genocide of the
Armenians in art, theater, film and literature,
• “canon-formation” as well as the marginalization of literary, dramatic,
artistic or cinematic works on the genocide of the Armenians or the
post-genocide life of the survivors,
• the relationship between the “personal” and the
“public/national/political” with regard to the genocide of the Armenians
and its aftermath as (re)conceptualized in theater, film, art and
• gender and sexuality as theoretical frameworks in analyzing aesthetic
production on the genocide of the Ottoman Armenians,
• under-represented concepts or theoretical frameworks (feminist? queer?
postcolonial? critical race studies?) that promise new analytical
possibilities in exploring the responses to the genocide through art,
theater, film and literature,
• the impact of artistic, dramatic, literary or cinematic projects in the
expansion of the space of, what author Nancy Krikorian calls,
“co-resistance” across Turkey, Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora,
• generational differences reflected in the realm of post-genocide cultural
• the significance of the recent scholarship on memory and post-memory in
analyzing aesthetic responses to the genocide of the Armenians,
• epistemological and/or ethical gains and pitfalls of analyzing the
genocides of the century through comparative frameworks.


Please send a paper abstract (max. 300 words), together with a short bio
(max. 150 words), as well as your affiliation information, address, email
and phone numbers to the following address:
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There are limited funds for accommodation available for those participants
who do not have other sources of funding to attend the workshop. When
submitting your abstract, please indicate your need for an accommodation

The application deadline is July 15, 2015.

For more information:

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