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Dr. Ronald Grigor Suny - Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Suny is the Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, a Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of social and political history at the University of Michigan, and Emeritus Professor of political science and history at the University of Chicago. He was the first holder of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan, after beginning his career as an assistant professor at Oberlin College. He is a 2013 Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His numerous publications and positions over the years speak volume to Dr. Suny’s contribution to the fields of political science, history and genocide studies. He has agreed to feature as a keynote speaker in the conference.

Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör
Ugur Ümit Üngör is a Dutch scholar born in Turkey who teaches history at Utrecht University and sociology at the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He has published extensively in the field of mass violence and genocide. He has recently published two books: Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011) and The Making of Modern Turkey; Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-50 (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has received several awards for the latter publication.  Dr. Üngör is writing a chapter in the history module on the topic of the reliability of of sources used in the narratives developed by historians on either side of the debate surrounding the recognition of the genocide of Armenians.


Dr. Jakub Bijak
Jakub Bijak is an associate professor in demography at the University of Southampton. Formerly a researcher in the Central European Forum for Migration and Population Research (Warsaw) and member of the demographic unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, he teaches courses and supervises masters and doctoral projects relating to demographic methods, migration, as well as on the relationship between demography of conflict and violence. Dr. Bijak has published numerous articles and book chapters on the issues of migration and population projections , and recently published a monograph entitled Forecasting international migration in Europe: A Bayesian View (Springer).


Sarah Lubman 

Sarah Lubman is a post graduate research student in the Department of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton. Her research assesses the policy of dispersal of asylum seekers which was introduced in the UK through the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act, in the context of deprivation. Sarah has previously completed her History BA focusing on refugee and migration issues, followed by a Demography MSc, also at Southampton. Her interest in the demography of conflict developed through work on the impact of the civil war on mortality in Sri Lanka, and contribution to an expert report for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, for the trial of Goran Hadzic. She has also worked as a consultant on migration data from the 2011 Census of England and Wales.


Dr. Lorne Shirinian
Dr. Shirinian is a writer, filmmaker, and Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He received my PhD in Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal and became a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. He was Head of the department of English for a number of years and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2010 after 35 years of teaching.

Geoffrey Robertson - QC
Geoffrey Robertson is founder and Head of Doughty Street Chambers. He has appeared in many countries as counsel in leading cases in constitutional, criminal and international law, and served as first President of the UN War Crimes Court in Serra Leone, where he authored landmark decisions on the limits of amnesties, the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and other critical issues in the development of international criminal law. He sits as a Recorder and is a Master of Middle Temple and a visiting professor in human rights law at Queen Mary College.  In 2008, he was appointed by the Secretary General as one of three distinguished jurist members of the UN Justice Council. His books include Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice; The Justice Game (Memoir) and The Tyrannicide Brief, an award-winning study of the trial of Charles I.

Susan L. Karamanian

Susan Karamanian is the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies at the George Washington University Law School. Before joining GW Law in 2000, she was a partner at Locke Lord LLP in Dallas, Texas, where she represented clients in commercial disputes and, on a pro bono basis, represented inmates on Texas’s death row. She was Vice President of the American Society of International Law and is a former president of the Washington Foreign Law Society. She has provided lectures on international law at the University of Paris and the OAS Academy of International Law and was director of English studies at the Hague Academy of International Law. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and Auburn University.

Nolwenn Guibert

Nolwenn Guibert is a French lawyer who is currently serving as the team leader of the Chambers legal staff assigned to the Karadžić case.  She has worked in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since 2004, prior to which she served as Human Rights Officer in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe. In 2007, she worked for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, also in Chambers. She is a law graduate of the Université of Paris X-Nanterre and holds an LLM from Washington College of Law (Washington DC) and a second LLM from the Université of Paris II-Panthéon-Assas.


Sun Kim 

Sun Kim is an attorney from California who is currently working as an Associate Legal Officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.  She has work experience at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.  She received an LL.M. from Leiden University, a J.D from the University of San Francisco, a Masters from Harvard University and a B.A. from UC Berkeley.  Prior to her work in public international law, she worked in intellectual property law. 


Najwa Nabti 

Najwa Nabti is the Director of the Undergraduate Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. For six years, she was an Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), specialising in gender-based crimes and persecution as a crime against humanity. In that capacity, she served on the OTP Prosecuting Sexual Violence Working Group, documenting its legacy concerning the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes and ascertaining lessons learned. Ms. Nabti previously worked on immigration/asylum claims involving gender-based violence, and investigated sexual and domestic violence in refugee camps in Thailand. Before coming to the ICTY, Ms. Nabti served as a law clerk to Judges Hisashi Owada and Peter Tomka at the International Court of Justice. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2002 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she studied international, human rights, criminal, immigration and refugee law.

Alexis Demirdjian
Alexis Demirdjian is a Canadian lawyer (member of the Québec Bar) currently working as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague (since 2002). He is a graduate of the Université de Montréal (Bachelors in Law - LL.B.) with a Masters in international law (LL.M.) from the Université du Québec à Montreal. He started his career in The Hague by joining the Defence team of General Hadzihasanovic (2002-2005) as a legal assistant. Following the end of that trial, he joined the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY in July 2005 and worked on leadership cases since then, including the trials of Mrksic et al. (Vukovar Hospital), Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin (Bosnian Serb leadership) and currently Goran Hadzic (Croatian Serb leadership).


Mr. Demirdjian is the Director of the Stichting for the Centennial Project Foundation and editor of the associated book.. He has published several articles and wrote book chapters in the field of international criminal law. He also teaches international criminal law as a guest lecturer at the Asser Institute and the Grotius Centre of the Leiden University. He is a member of the American Society of International Law and the Peace and Justice Initiative.

Hannibal Travis
Hannibal Travis is an Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University, teaches and conducts research in the fields of cyberlaw, intellectual property, international and comparative law and human rights. He graduated from Harvard Law School after graduating in philosophy from Washington University. He taught law at Villanova University and was a visiting fellow at Oxford. He spent several years in private practice before teaching. He has published extensively on several law-related topics and is expected to write a chapter in the law module.

Dr. Levon Chorbajian

Levon Chorbajian is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. HIs degrees are from Temple University (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.A.), and Brandeis University (Ph.D.). He is the U.S. Director of Operations for the Zoryan Institute for Contemporary Armenian Research and Documentation. Dr. Chorbajian is the translator of Armenia in Crisis: The 1988 Earthquake (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995) and the co-author of The Caucasian Knot: The History and Geopolitics of Nagorno-Karabagh (London: Zed Books, 1994). He also co-edited Studies in Comparative Genocide (Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan 1999)  and edited The Making of Nagorno-Karabagh: From Secession to Republic (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2001). Dr. Chorbajian was Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the Armenian S.S.R. in 1986-1987 and in the Republic of Armenia in 1996.

Dr. Seyhan Bayraktar
Seyhan Bayraktar completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Konstanz (Germany). In her thesis “The Politics of Memory: The Turkish Discourse on the Murder of the Armenians in the context of Nationalism and Europeanization”, she undertook an in-depth analysis of the denial discourse in Turkey relating to the Armenian genocide. Seyhan Bayraktar has taught master-level courses in Comparative Genocide Studies, Europeanization and Apology Politics. Her primary areas of research are memory/identity/apology politics, discourse analysis, political communication and Europeanization. Since 2009 she has been affiliated with the University of Zurich as a researcher and instructor. In 2010, she published: Politik und Erinnerung. Der Diskurs über den Armeniermord in der Türkei zwischen Nationalismus und Europäisierung. Transcript, 2010. 

Dr. Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous
Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous is an Austrian-American labour historian, researcher in the field of migration and refugee studies, and associate professor in the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. He has published extensively in the field of cultural studies with an emphasis on Central European orientalist literature. Both in his native Austria and in Lebanon he has worked with the Geneva-based international conflict transformation NGO, Initiatives of Change (IofC), on youth related projects dealing with just governance, healing historical memory, and the development of personal transformational skills.

Dr. Nanor Kebranian
Nanor Kebranian (B.A., Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Fordham University, 1998 – 2002; DPhil, Oxford University, 2005 - 2010) specializes in late Ottoman social, political, and cultural history and literary studies. She completed her doctoral dissertation with the generous support of both the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Oxford University Clarendon Fellowship. Areas of interest include the late Ottoman Empire; the modern Middle East; philosophy of religion; religion and literature; diaspora narratives and culture; the ethics of representation; and critiques of community. Current projects include a book monograph, tentatively entitled, Contested Convictions. The work presents conceptions and representations of late Ottoman (1878 – 1915) inter-communal coexistence through narratives of political imprisonment. Future book projects include a study of late Ottoman conversion narratives and a literary-philosophical presentation of “Diaspora” as an anti-communal ethic. She teaches Text and Territory; Witness: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation; Hagop Oshagan: Prison to Prison; Asian Humanities: Middle East/India; Introduction to Western Armenian Literature; Early Armenian Literature: The 5th century; and Literature and Humanities.

Drs. Anthonie Holslag
Anthonie Holslag is an anthropologist who has studied the subject of the Armenian genocide and how this is conceptualized and experienced in present day Armenian Diaspora communities both in the Netherlands as in London. He has published several books on this topic. He is currently a lecturer at the Amsterdam NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He also teaches Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and teaches at the University of Utrecht.


Ayda Erbal
Ayda Erbal teaches Middle Eastern Politics and Democratic Theory, as adjunct professor of politics at New York University, Department of Politics. She is interested in democratic theory, the politics of "post-nationalist" historiographies in transitional settings, the political-economy of mass violence and state formation, and the politics of apology. An award winning filmmaker on the side, Erbal is in the process of writing her second narrative short-film "Meligone". Erbal is also a published short-story writer and one of the founding editors of Azad Alik (, a multilingual politics blog primarily dealing with minority issues in Turkey. Erbal also occasionally contributes to newspapers and magazines in Turkey, France and the United States.


Esra Elmas

Esra Elmas is a senior advisor for Democratic Progress Institute, which is an NGO focused on conflict resolution and based in London. She is also a Ph.D. student in the joint doctorate program of Political Science at University of Ghent, Belgium and EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris. She has an M.A. degree in Cultural Studies, and has published in such areas as internal migration, civil-military relations, and the history of Turkish media. Her 2007 book, "My DearAtatürk", examines the way primary school students in Turkey perceive Atatürk, the country's founder. She is currently working as a teaching assistant in the department of Media and Communication Systems at Istanbul Bilgi University. 


Dr. Ferda Balançar

M. Ferda Balancar graduated from Galatasaray High School and he received his BA in 1992 from the Public Administration Department of Marmara University, which maintains education in French. After having worked as a journalist in various press organizations from 1992 to 2002, Balancar worked as a researcher for TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) from 2003 to 2006. Between 2006 and 2007, Balancar was the Assistant Editor for the weekly Nokta magazine. He taught at Istanbul Bilgi University. After working as an editor of daily Taraf newspaper, currently he is working as an editor at Armenian weekly newspaper, Agos and as Oral History Project Coordinator at International Hrant Dink Foundation. Balancar is also the editor of the books “Sounds of Silence: Turkey’s Armenians Speak”,  “The Sounds of Silence II - Diyarbakir's Armenians Speak” and “ The Sounds of Silence: Ankara’s Armenians Speak”.  



Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian      
Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State. For the past twenty-nine years he has taught courses in Armenian language, history, literature, culture, art, church and a variety of other topics on Armenia and the Armenians. He studied at UCLA, where he majored in Armenian Language and Literature through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. Der Mugrdechian edited the volume “Between Paris and Fresno: Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian”, (Mazda Press, 2008), 761 pp. The Festschrift encompasses articles from forty-five scholars from throughout the world, writing in a variety of disciplines, to honor Dr. Dickran Kouymjian. In 1996 Der Mugrdechian received the 1995-1996 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In December of 2000, Der Mugrdechian was honored with an honorary Doctorate Degree from Yerevan State University. YSU President Dr. Radik Martirosyan bestowed the honor on Der Mugrdechian in Yerevan, Armenia.

Dr. Lisa Siraganian
Lisa Siraganian is an associate professor in the English department of the Southern Methodist University. She is a PhD from John Hopkins University and she specializes in 20th century modernism, exploring the relationship between artistic form, politics and institutions. In 2012, she published her book, “Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life”. She has held postdoctoral fellowships from Dartmouth College and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Marie-Aude Baronian
Marie-Aude Baronian is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture and a member of ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis). Her most recent books include Mémoire et Image. Regards sur la Catastrophe arménienne (L'Age d'Homme, 2013), and Cinéma et Mémoire. Sur Atom Egoyan (Editions Académie Belgique, 2013). Her next book La Caméra à la nuque. Penser l'image filmique avec Emmanuel Lévinas will appear in 2014. She currently works on costume, fashion and design in film and in philosophy. Currently in 2013-14, she is the Manoogian Visiting Fellow at the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Joyce Sahyouni 
Joyce Sahyouni has been teaching ESL in Quebec and abroad in Switzerland, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates for the last six years. She holds a B.A. in International Development Studies and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University, as well as a Master’s degree from Concordia University in Educational Studies. She currently teaches ESL in grades 9 and 10 at the Collège Durocher in Saint-Lambert, Quebec


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