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On 6 and 7 March 2015, this conference will bring together renowned academics, authors, researchers, local and international journalists, media representatives and trial lawyers to discuss the impact and relevance of the Armenian massacres of the early 20th century. Speakers will focus on the influence that these events and their denial, have had on various areas of study, research and practice.


While much has been written and debated about the genocide, there has been little discussion of the impact of the event on the next generations, and the subject has rarely been tackled in a cross-disciplinary way.


The participants listed below will take part in this exercise. They are listed according to the structure of the conference and in relation to the particular topic of their contribution to the book. 


Click here to read the biographies of the contributors. 

Thursday 5 March 2015

(at Humanity House, The Hague)  17:00 – 19:00


Opening by Dr. Nanci Adler (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies)


Screening of ‘Grandma’s Tattoos


Keynote Lecture Dr. Ronald Suny


Reflections Dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör


Discussion and questions from the audience


Friday 6 March 2015

(at Institute for Global Justice, The Hague) 09:00 - 17:00


09:00   Registration


09:30   Introduction by the Organizing Committee


Alexis Demirdjian, Centennial Project Foundation


Salpi Ghazarian, USC - Dornsife, Institute of Armenian Studies


Dr. Nanci Adler, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies


10:00    Keynote speaker: Dr. Ronald G. Suny


Morning session 10:30 – 12:30

Moderated by Mr Matthew Carlson (MICT, Senior Legal Officer)

Legal Remedies and Judicial Explanation


10:30      Mr. Geoffrey Robertson - QC

Armenia and the G-Word: The Law and the Politics


10:55    Coffee / Tea break


11:10       Ms. Susan L. Karamanian

The Armenian Genocide and the International Court of Justice

11:30       Ms. Nolwenn Guibert and Ms. Sun Kim 

Compensation for the Armenian Genocide: A study of recognition

and reparations

11:50       Ms. Najwa Nabti

Legacy of Impunity:  Sexual Violence against Armenian

Women and Girls during the Genocide


12:10       Mr. Alexis Demirdjian

The Failure of the Judicial System During Armed Conflicts 


12:30 - 12:45   Question period


12:45 – 14:00   Lunch break


Afternoon session 14:00 – 17:00

Moderated by Dr. Nanci Adler (NIOD, Director of Research)

Armenian identity, cultural narratives and the media



14:00       Dr. Anthonie Holslag

Memorization of the Armenian Genocide in Cultural Narratives



14:20       Esra Elmas  

Media coverage of the current discourse relating to

the Armenian genocide in Turkey


14:40       Ferda Balançar 

Creating Awareness in Turkey's public on Genocide: The role of Agos


14:40       Ayda Erbal

Lost In Translation: The Monument's 'Demolishing'


15:00 – 15:20 Question period


15:20 – 15:35 Coffee / Tea break


The impact of the genocide on media studies and literature


15:35       Dr. Lisa Siraganian

Hiding Horrors in Full View:

Atom Egoyan’s Representations of the Armenian Genocide

15:55       Dr. Marie-Aude Baronian

Remembering the Armenian Catastrophe through Art Practices


16:15 – 16:45 Question period


Saturday 7 March 2015

(at Institute for Global Justice, The Hague) 09:00 - 17:00


09:00   Registration (for those who did not attend on Friday)


Morning session 09:30 – 12:30

Moderated by Dr. Richard Antaramian (Faculty member, USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies)

Intent and Denial


09:30      Hannibal Travis

Counterinsurgency as Genocidal Intent: From the Ottoman

Christians to the Muslims of Yugoslavia

09:55      Dr. Levon Chorbajian

"We Didn’t Do it, But They Deserved It”: Lying About the

Armenian Genocide from 1915 to Present

10:20      Dr. Seyhan Bayraktar

Moving Mountains: on the Changing Discourse About

the Armenian Genocide in Turkey


10:45 - 11:00  Question period


11:00 - 11:15  Coffee / Tea break


Historical Perspectives on the Armenian Catastrophe


11:10        Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör 

Genocide in the Twentieth Century: Re-framing Central Questions

11:35        Dr. Jakub Bijak and Ms Sarah Lubman

The Disputed Numbers: In search for the demographic basis for 

studies of Armenian population losses, 1915–1923

12:00      Dr. Lorne Shirinian

Orphans of the Armenian Genocide with Special Reference to

the Georgetown Boys  and Girls in Canada

12:20 - 12:35  Question period


12:35 - 14:00  Lunch Break


Afternoon session 14:00 – 17:00

Moderated by Mr. Alexis Demirdjian (Director, Centennial Project Foundation)

The Catastrophe’s Legacy

14:00      Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian

The Theme of Genocide in Armenian Literature       

14:25       Dr. Nanor Kebranian

Cultural Heritage and the Denial of Genocide Law


14:40 - 14:55 Question period


14:55 - 15:10  Coffee / Tea break


15:10       Dr. Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous

The Musa Dagh History Hike: Truth-Telling,

Dialogue and Thanatourism

15:35       Ms. Joyce Sahyouni

Genocide Education: Promises and Potential 



16:00 – 16:30 Question period


16:30 - Closing of the conference


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