New York University will host the fifth Workshop for Armenian/Turkish Scholarship (WATS), with a public session on Sun., May 14, 7-9 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East (at Washington Place). The theme of this year’s workshop is “The Boundaries of Genocide: Intentions, Histories, Peoples.”
The workshop is organized by researchers from the University of Michigan and NYU Philosophy Professor Paul Boghossian. For more information, contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WHAT: Workshop for Armenian/Turkish Scholarship
- WHEN: Sun., May 14, 7-9 p.m.
- WHERE: NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East (at Washington Place) [Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]
“Dialogue is an ideal that often ends up with one side talking and the other appearing to listen,” said Ronald Grigor Suny, a history professor at the University of Michigan and one of the organizers. “In discussions about the Armenian Genocide of 1915, neither side - Armenian or Turkish - seemed to understand, or even hear, what the other was saying. How could the deportation and massacre of hundreds of thousands of people be metastasized into a civil war that never occurred? How could one blame the victims for their own deaths? This workshop has been one of the most exciting and productive scholarly initiatives in the last five years that has brought Turkish, Armenian, and other historians and social scientists together to present research and talk about the fate of the Armenians and other minorities in the last years of the Ottoman Empire.”