Hayk Demoyan PhDDirector
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
We are glad to welcome you in Yerevan to participate in the twelfth meeting of the IAGS from July 8 to 12.
The year of 2015 is very important for Armenians. This year we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide. But this is not the only sad commemoration for this year. We also should remember the victims of the genocide in Rwanda, Holocaust victims and victims of all genocides and crimes against humanity.
Hence, there is a great challenge for us, for the community of the genocide scholars to review and bring new insights on the past genocides, and the ways to prevent the most dangerous evil in the history of humanity. We are very much honored to be selected as the hosting institution responsible for organizing our twelfth gathering.
For Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) this year is a very important one. In April 24, 2015 we are going to inaugurate the new museum exhibition where the special focus will be on human experience, and on narration of genocide history and its visualization as a gross violation of human rights. After this, the activity of AGMI will be to research, exhibit and educate.
You are all more than welcome to visit Armenia to see our ancient land, to meet its people, and feel the culture.
Dr. Daniel FeiersteinPresident
On behalf of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, we would like to welcome you to our Twelfth Conference that will take place in Yerevan between July 8 and 12, 2015. Our conference coincides with the centenary commemorations of the genocide ordered by the Ittihadist leaders against Armenians and other Christian groups, including Greeks and Assyrians, at the beginning of the last century.
The members of IAGS recognize the importance of research and education to the prevention of genocide. Our conferences, seminars and meetings provide a venue where genocide scholars meet and share scholarship; where we learn from each other with the hope that our research will contribute to a better understanding of the causes and ramifications of genocide, as well as to its prevention, redress, and commemoration.
The theme of our Twelfth Conference is entitled Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides.
We would like to thank the AGMI for being part of the organization of this Conference and for hosting us in the city of Yerevan. When we meet in Yerevan, we will have finished electing the leadership of IAGS for the tenth time. Our organization is twenty-one years old now, and its membership keeps growing with new members from different parts of the world subscribing.
We have particularly encouraged younger scholars to join and lead the IAGS. And when we met in Buenos Aires we recognized the need to use new media to disseminate knowledge to our members and beyond. Following this recommendation, we have made the IAGS Journal available online, open and freely accessible to the people all over the world, including scholars and activists in the Global South. We have achieved all of these goals together, and we hope achievements of the last twenty-one years will help next IAGS Boards address new challenges.
The IAGS Executive Board wishes you a safe journey to Yerevan and a successful participation in the Twelfth Conference of the IAGS.
The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its twelfth meeting in Yerevan on 8-12 July 2015, hosted by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Director of the AGMI Hayk Demoyan will serve as Local Conference Chair. Suren Manukyan, PhD will be the Director of Conference.
The conference theme is "Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides".2015 is an important year for all Armenians worldwide in terms of commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. The Armenian genocide is sometimes considered as the first genocide of the 20th century and in many ways served as a template for subsequent genocidal crimes. 2015 is also is the year of 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore, it is a significant time to analyze both crimes and all genocides of the 20th century in global and comparative perspectives.
On April 24th 2015 the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be opened after two years of renovation and new exhibition development. This is the first major re-opening since its inauguration in 1995. The renovated museum's mission and exhibits will feature all genocides that occurred after the Armenian genocide. New exhibits will enable all visitors to understand the deep roots, causes, and dynamics of development and consequences of the genocide, while also offering a platform for dialogue.
The urgent need for early warning systems to prevent genocide, and efforts to revisit the basic concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, are matters of pressing concern. Related questions also arise:
- How were ideologies and religion instrumentalized for mass destruction during the 20th century?
- What kind of interaction exists between genocidal intent and genocidal processes?
- Who are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders and witnesses and how do we classify the relevant actors in different cases?
- How might the comparative study of 20th century genocide help to prevent 21st century genocides and mass atrocities?
- How might the legal consequences of the pre-1948 UN Convention "crimes against humanity" be settled?
The conference will begin with a visit to the newly developed exhibition of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. During the conference participants will be able to devote one day to an optional excursion to Gyumri, the city where the world largest orphanages were established by American Near East relief after the Armenian genocide and to visit Memorial to Musa Dagh Resistance in nearby Yerevan.
Attendance at the conference is open to all interested professionals and students, but presentation at the conference requires one to be a member of IAGS. For information on membership, please see http://www.genocidescholars.org/membership.
The Conference Venue
The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private institution of higher learning, offering a global education in Armenia. AUA is affiliated with the University of California and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States. Founded in 1991, AUA provides a high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education that encourages civic engagement and promotes democratic values, fostering scholarship in a setting that values and develops academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, scholarship, leadership, and service to society.
Head of the Presidential Administration
Vigen Sargsyan was born in Yerevan in 1975, in a family of medics. In 1996, he graduated from distance learning department of Saint Petersburg State University of Management, the specialty of "Staff Management", in 1997 – from Yerevan State University, the faculty of International Relations, and in 2000, he received a Master's Degree in Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher Diplomacy School of Tufts University (USA).
In 1995-1998, Vigen Sargsyan worked as the Assistant and Councilor to the Chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia. In 2000-2003, he served in Armenian Armed Forces occupying the position of Assistant to Defense Minister. In 2003, he was appointed Assistant to the Armenian President.
On 27 January 2009, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on appointing Vigen Sargsyan Deputy Head and on October 17, 2011 the Head of the President's staff. Vigen Sargsyan is awarded "Movses Khorenatsi" medal and "Andranik Ozanyan" medal by the Ministry of Defense of Armenia and is a knight of French National Order of Merit. Vigen Sargsyan is married and has three daughters.
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Director, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Hirsch's work combines feminist theory with memory studies, particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, co-authored with Leo Spitzer (2010), Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory, co-edited with Nancy K. Miller (2011). With Diana Taylor she co-edited the Summer 2012 issue of é-misferica on "The Subject of Archives." She is one of the founders of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference.
Dr. Rouben P. Adalian
Director, Armenian National Institute
Dr. Rouben P. Adalian is Director of the Armenian National Institute in Washington, DC. He has taught at George Washington, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. In 1993 he completed a project to document the Armenian Genocide in the United States National Archives resulting in the publication of 37,000 pages of evidence.
Adalian has contributed to Genocide in Our Time; Genocide in the Twentieth Century; Studies in Comparative Genocide; Genocide: Essays Toward Understanding, Early-Warning, and Prevention; Pioneers of Genocide Studies; America and the Armenian Genocide; Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts; Encyclopedia of Race and Racism; and several other reference works. He also is the author of From Humanism to Rationalism: Armenian Scholarship in the Nineteenth Century; Historical Dictionary of Armenia; and associate editor of Encyclopedia of Genocide.
Dr. Adalian served on several centennial commemorative committees, as well as the advisory group of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, and prepared a series of online exhibits viewable at www.armenian-genocide.org addressing overlooked facets of the Armenian Genocide based upon documented photographic evidence retrieved from the U.S. National Archives and other American repositories.
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