Feminist MIT Scholar on Armenians in Post-Genocide Turkey and Turkish Denial (April 15)

The  Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the members of the ASU community to its final research colloquium of 2018-19 academic year. The event will provide ample opportunities to discuss the immensely enriching work of Dr. Dr. Lerna Ekmekçioğluthe McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The colloquium will focus on two pre-circulated contributions by our guest on key questions of modern Turkish and Armenian history, especially questions of genocide denial in a post-genocidal society and struggles of Armenian survivors. The lunch colloquiumwith Prof. Ekmekçioğlu will take place at the Center on Monday, Apr. 15, from 12:00 until 2:00 pm (It is perfectly acceptable to stay for part of the time and only attend the first or second hour. It is a busy time of year!). As always, the colloquium includes a free lunch. RSVP required (see address below).

Professor Ekmekçioğlu is a historian of the modern Middle East and an affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies Program as well as the Center for International Studies at MIT.  She specializes on Turkish and Armenian lands in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her work focuses on minority-majority relationships and the ways in which gendered analytical lenses help us better understand coexistence and conflict, including genocide and post-genocide. 

Professor Ekmekçioğlu is the author of Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2016), which offers the first in-depth study of the aftermath of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Armenians who remained in Turkey. She also co-edited of Bir Adalet FeryadıOsmanlı'dan Cumhuriyet'e Beş Ermeni Feminist Yazar (1862-1933) [A Cry for Justice: Five Armenian Feminist Writers from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (1862-1933)], which appeared in 2006. Currently, Prof. Ekmekcioglu is collaborating with Dr. Melissa Bilal in compiling a critical anthology of the history of Western Armenian feminism. In addition, she is working with Dr. Kent Schull (Binghamton, SUNY) on an edited volume on the entangled histories of Armenians in the 19th century Ottoman Empire.

On Mon., Apr. 15, our guest will also give an evening lecture entitled “ "What Can Genocide and its Denial Do to Feminism? The Existential Paradoxes of Armenians in Post-Genocide Turkey." It will start at 7:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Ballroom 201, Plemmons Student Union. The even is free of charge and no tickets are required.

For more information (to the RSVP for the colloquium), contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at holocaust@appstate.edu or call 828.262.2311. 

With these events, the Center begins to mark this year's Genocide Awareness Month, which will be continued with the Holocaust Cantata on April 30. Organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, the visit is co-sponsored by the Departments of Culture, Gender and Global Studies, English, and History, the ASU Humanities Council, the local chapters of Hillel and AEPi, the Peace and Genocide Education Club, the Temple of the High Country, and UNCC's Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies.