KNOWING ABOUT GENOCIDE: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles

Joachim J. Savelsberg NAASR SAS Society for Armenian Studies

Friday, April 23, 2021, at 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific
On Zoom and the Society for Armenian Studies YouTube channel.

PRESENTER
JOACHIM J. SAVELSBERG, Professor of Sociology and Law and Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, University of Minnesota.

How do victims and perpetrators generate conflicting knowledge about genocide? Using a sociology of knowledge approach, Joachim Savelsberg answers this question for the Armenian Genocide committed in the context of the First World War. Focusing on Armenians and Turks, he examines strategies of silencing, denial, and acknowledgment in everyday interaction, public rituals, law, and politics. Drawing on interviews, ethnographic accounts, documents, and eyewitness testimony, Savelsberg illuminates the social processes that drive dueling versions of history. He reveals counterproductive consequences of denial in an age of human rights hegemony, with implications for populist disinformation campaigns against overwhelming evidence.

Joachim J. Savelsberg is also the author of Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur.

CO-SPONSORS
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Society for Armenian Studies (SAS)

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