–Date: Thursday, October 11
Speaker: Dr. Raymond Kévorkian (Emeritus director of research, Institut Français de Géopolitique, Université Paris VIII, Saint-Denis)
Title: “From One War to Another, the Armenian Experience and its Impact on Germany”
Location: 270 Stephens Hall
Abstract: Our knowledge of the impact of the 1915 genocide on German
society has long been characterized by Germany’s commitment to the
Eastern Front and by the experience of mass violence experienced by
several thousand soldiers and officers who witnessed the extermination
of the Armenians. But the most recent works, in particular Stefan
Ihrig’s two books, have opened new avenues for studying the reception of
this violence in Germany and the fact that the practices of the Young
Turks’ regime and its Kemalist extension became a reference which
inspired the Nazi Party to destroy European Jews. This lecture will
raise questions about the findings generated by these recent works.
Bio: • PhD in History (1980); Habilitation (1999); Emeritus director of
research, Institut Français de Géopolitique (Université Paris VIII,
Saint-Denis). Works on Ottoman Armenian society from the 17th to the
20th century, especially on mass violence and its impact on civilian
Exhibition Curator : Arménie, entre Orient et Occident (Bibliothèque
nationale de France, 1996); Reconstruire la nation, les réfugiés
arméniens au Proche-Orient et en France (Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de
l’Immigration, 2007-2008) ; Arménie 1915 (Hôtel-de-ville de Paris, 2015).
Museum Curator: Armenian Orphans Museum (Byblos, 2015); Armenian Museum
of Jerusalem (2018).
Publications Sample: Les Arméniens, 1917-1939, la quête d’un refuge
(Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2007), with L. Nordiguian et V.
Tachjian; Le Génocide des Arméniens, (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2006),
translated into English (2011), Turkish, (2015), Russian (2015) , and
Arabic (2016); Comprendre le génocide des Arméniens (Paris: Tallandier,
2015), with Hamit Bozarslan and Vincent Duclert.