Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop Sabancı University

March 1, 2011

2013 Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop

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Coming to Terms with War, Genocide, and Political Violence

Sabancı University in collaboration with Hrant Dink Foundation and Anadolu Kültür

May 31 ? June 2, 2013
Sabancı University, Minerva Palas, Karaköy, Istanbul

Turkish / English translation will be available throughout the conference.
Please register by writing to

Click here for a copy of the workshop program.

Türkçe program için tıklayınız.


15:30-17.30 Parallel Event I: Coming to Terms through Art             LOCATION: DEPO
Visiting the Exhibit Bearing Witness to the Lost History of an Armenian Family through the Lens of the Dildilian Brothers (1872-1923)
Open Forum
Osman Kavala (Anadolu Kültür)
Armen Tsolag Marsoobian (Southern Connecticut State University & Columbia University)
Moderator: Asena Günal (DEPO)
20:30-21.30 Parallel Event II: Coming to Terms through Theater       

Theater performance followed by a discussion with Berfîn Zenderlioğlu and Mîrza Metîn

Nivîskar/Yazan/Playwright: Mîrza Metîn
Derhêner/Yönetmen/Director: Berfîn Zenderlioğlu
Lîstikvan/Oyuncular/Cast: Mîrza Metîn

In Kurdish, with Turkish subtitles

For Reservation and Tickets, please call: + 90212 243 74 36 / +90 507 818 21 51

Location: Şermola Performans

Address: Istiklal cd. Imam Adnan-Nane sk. no:5 kat:2 Beyoğlu Istanbul


9:00-10:30  Coming to Terms with the Armenian Genocide I            Moderator: Oktay Özel (Bilkent University)
Dealing with the Armenian Genocide in Turkey: Being Pressured Between Tacit Agreement of Silencing and Exterminatory Hatred Taner Akçam (Clark University)
Hrant Dink Foundation History Conferences Cengiz Aktar (Hrant Dink Foundation)
Habab Fountain Project Fethiye Çetin (Hrant Dink Foundation)
10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-12:30 Coming to Terms with the Armenian Genocide II Moderator: Fikret Adanır (Sabancı University)
 The WATS Journey: Significant Turning Points Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan)
 Catching Up with 1915: A Hundred Years Later Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan)
Before and after the 2005 Conference: Problems of Pursuing Truth, Persuading the Public, and Seeking Justice Halil Berktay (Sabancı University)
12:30-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:30 Defining Genocide: Law and Politics Moderator: Setenay Nil Doğan (Yıldız Technical University)
Politics of Genocide and Apology: The Namibian-German case Reinhart Kössler (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut)
How Many Genocides? Concept Formation and the Study of Mass Violence Charles King (Georgetown University)
On the Use and Usefulness of International Criminal Tribunals in Coming  to Terms With the Past: A Case Study of International Criminal Tribunal for Former-Yugoslavia Ozan Erözden (Yıldız Technical University)
15:30-15:45 COFFEE BREAK
15:45-17:15 Memories across Generations Moderator: Biray Kolluoğlu (Boğaziçi University)
Psychic Impact of Intergenerational Transmission of Massive Trauma Sibel Halfon (Sabancı University)
Youth and History in Turkey: To Remember or To Forget? Leyla Neyzi (Sabancı University)
Micro-histories of Holocaust as a Strategy to Coming to Terms with the Past Andrea Petö (Central European University)


9:00-10:45 Coming to Terms with Political Violence in the Ottoman Empire      Moderator: Mehmet Ö. Alkan (Istanbul University)
Coming to terms with the Adana Massacres Sinan Dinçer (Leiden University)
Haunting Justice: The Trial of Soghomon Tehlirian Başak Ertür (Birkbeck College)
Legal? and ?Official? Plundering of Armenian Properties during the Armenian Genocide: Grappling with ?Existence? and ?Absence? Ümit Kurt (Clark University)
The Politics of Remembering: Massacres against Non-Muslims in Kurdish Novelistic Discourse Özlem Galip (University of Oxford)
10:45-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-12:45 Facing History, Challenging Official Narratives Moderator:  Ömer Turan (Bilgi University)
Facing History after State Socialism: Spectacles of Secrecy, Transparency, and Violence in Poland Saygun Gökarıksel (City University of New York)
Changing the State?s Story: Continuity and Change in States? Narratives of Dark Pasts Jennifer Dixon (Villanova University)
Reconstituting Citizenship: Trauma, Memory, and Justice in Turkey Duygu Gül (York University)
Proving Origins: Armenian Converts? and Bulgarian Turkish Migrants? Encounters with the Law and the Governance of Sameness and Difference Ayşe Parla (Sabancı University) & Ceren Özgül (City University of New York)
12:45-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-16:00 Memory Work: Narration, Documentation, Commemoration Moderator: Sibel Irzık (Sabancı University)
Memory Work in Germany Gert Weisskirchen
Post-Conflict Architecture: Coming To Terms with the Past and Urban Reconstruction Gruia Badescu (University of Cambridge)
Memory is always more than the prison house of the past: Practices of Remembrance, Forgetting and the Musealization of Political Violence at the Ulucanlar Cezaevi Müzesi in Ankara Marc Herzog (British Institute at Ankara)
Reconciling in the Diaspora?  The Case of a Network of Turks, Armenians and Others in London Sossie Kasbarian (University of Lancaster) & Kerem Öktem (University of Oxford)
16:00-16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15-17:45 Facing Political Violence: Media and Activist Accounts Moderator: Ayşe Öncü (Sabancı University)
Repositioned / Re-Signified: Violence as a Bond? Reflections from the Turkish-Greek Encounters of the Left in the 1980s and 90s Leonidas Karakatsanis (British Institute at Ankara)
In a Lego Village Made of Words: Writing about the No Man?s Land Writers Mirna-Radin Sabados (University of Novi Sad)
The Soft Underbelly of Militarism: Media Representations of Disabled Veterans of Korea, Cyprus and the Southeast Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu (University of Sussex)



Hrant Dink memorial Workshop 2013 Organizing Committee: Ateş Altınordu, Ayşe Gül Altınay, Çağla Aydın, Faik Kurtulmuş, Fikret Adanır, Gülayşe Koçak, Nedim Nomer, Sibel Irzık

Workshop Coordinator: Fulya Kama

Workshop poster by Emre Parlak


Made possible thanks to the generous support of


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