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Civil Society rapprochement and high politics stalemate: Mapping the future of Armenian-Turkish relations in the context of the wider Middle East
Date: 23 March-24 March 2012 Time: 3.30pm Friday - 17:30 Saturday
Venue: Lancaster House Hotel and the Bailrigg Conference Centre on the university campus.
Sponsored by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) and PPR University of Lancaster, with cooperation from the University of Edinburgh and the Programme of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) Convened by Dr Sossie Kasbarian (PPR, Lancaster) and Dr Kerem Oktem (SEESOX, Oxford) The workshop is open to all, space permitting. We kindly request that if you plan to attend, you register by Wednesday 21st March with the departmental officer, Wendy Francis, firstname.lastname@example.org The workshop will take place at Lancaster House and the Bailrigg Conference Centre on the university campus
Friday 23 March 2012
15.30 - 16.00 Welcome and introduction to the debate: Where are we, Beyond Denial?
Kerem Öktem (University of Oxford)
Sossie Kasbarian (University of Lancaster)
16.00 - 17.30 Keynote address
Where do we stand in terms of Armenian and Turkish interactions, after a decade of a cautious coming to terms in some sectors of Turkey's society and changing positions within Armenia and the Diaspora, and in the region?
Cengiz Aktar (Bahcesehir University)
in conversation with
Susan Pattie (Armenian Institute and University College London)
17.45 - 19.00 - Panel 1 Different histories: The emerging contested space of memory
This panel seeks to establish the state of the scholarly debate and examines the key historical issues defining the field. Particular attention will be given to the questions of Young Turk and Armenian nationalism, to mass violence and genocide in the early 20th century, as well as to the politics of denial and recognition in the public sphere and their impact on historiography.
Chair and Discussant: Donald Bloxham (University of Edinburgh)
Ugur Umit Ungor (Utrecht University)
Contested past: The Armenian genocide in Turkish official history and social memory
Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Zürich)
Iustitia's sword? Denial of crimes against humanity and its prosecution in Switzerland
20.00 - Workshop Dinner at Lancaster House
Saturday 24 March 2012
9.00 - 10.30 Panel 2 Regional context: Turkey and the region after the Arab Spring
The revolutions in the Arab world, as well as the upheavals in Syria and Iraq have coincided with Turkey's emergence as a regional power. Both Turkey and its regional environment are mutually reshaping each other, creating new conditions for Turkish-Armenian relations. This panel will ask how Turkey's waning European perspective and its turn towards the Arab world will influence its Armenian policy, what impact this will have on Armenian communities in the changing Middle East, and also whether the Armenian - Turkish rapprochement will impact on similar debates in the Arab world.
Chair: Kerem Öktem (University of Oxford)
Vicken Cheterian (CIMERA, Geneva)
Arab Regards on Turkey: From AKP to the Arab Spring
Hratch Tchilingirian (University of Cambridge)
Turkey and Armenians in the Middle East: Inclusive Turkish-Armenian Dialogue?
Ziya Meral (University of Cambridge)
Agreement over the Past or the Future, which one will be the basis of Turkish-Armenian relations?
10.45 - 12.15 - Panel 3 -Between civil society and high politics
Relations between Turks and Armenians are shaped by high politics, by the Armenian and Turkish states, by Armenian Diaspora organisations, quasi-governmental and non-governmental and international organisations. This panel seeks to elucidate the role of different actors in this wide space facilitating or obstructing interactions between Turks and Armenians.
Chair: Armine Ishkanian (London School of Economics)
Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan (Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia) - Armenian-Turkish relations and civil society
Burcu Gültekin Punsmann (TEPAV Ankara) -Reflecting on the Two Decades of Bridging the Divide: Taking Stock of Turkish-Armenian Civil Society Activities, TEPAV, January 2012
Cengiz Aktar (Bahcesehir University) - The return of memory
12.15 - 13.15 Lunch
13.15 - 14.45 - Panel 4 Media, social and cultural movements in the Turkish-Armenian sphere
The centre of gravity of the emerging new space of scholarly and interpersonal encounters of Armenians and Turks has been firmly rooted in ad-hoc civil society mobilisation. This panel will discuss the trajectories, possibilities and limitations of power emanating from grassroots politics set broadly in the arenas of media, culture and society.
Chair: Sossie Kasbarian (University of Lancaster)
Zafer Yörük (Izmir University of Economics) - Dynamics of representation of the recent developments in Turkish-Armenian relations in Armenian and Turkish media 2008-2012
Aris Nalci (International Media Centre, Turkey) - What did media do in Turkish Armenian normalisation process?
Laurent Mignon (University of Oxford) -A Pilgrim's Progress: The Challenges of Armeno-Turkish Literature
15.00 - 16.30 - Panel 5 Intimate, silenced and resurfaced histories
This panel explores the personal histories of survivors of 1915, of converts and their children and grandchildren, of histories and identities which have been hitherto suppressed by nationalist identity projects.
Chair: Marilyn Booth (University of Edinburgh) tbc
Hovann Simonian (University of Southern California) -Wishing identity was not an issue: The Hemshin's struggle with ethnicity and history
Ayse GulAltinay(Sabanci University)- Remembering Islamized Armenian Survivors of 1915:Grandchildren Breaking Taboos, Unravelling Gendered Silences
Olga Demetriou (PRIO Cyprus) - 'Struck by the Turks': Reflections on the Armenian experience of displacement in Cyprus
16.45 - 17.30 - Panel 6 Concluding discussion
Reconnecting the missing pieces: Towards a research agenda of Armenian and Turkish relations in the context of the wider Middle East
This concluding roundtable will summarise the state of the debate and discuss the future of a scholarly project that intends to close the gap of almost a century of disconnect in interaction as well as academic research.
Theo van Lint (University of Oxford)
Maureen Freely (Warwick University)
Sossie Kasbarian (Lancaster University)
Kerem Öktem (University of Oxford)
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: Sossie Kasbarian
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