Leading historian Professor Taner Akcam reflects on the history of Armenian genocide and refusals by other nations to accept responsibility for the 1915 atrocity, more than a century later. Under the cover of the First World War, Armenians were subjected to systematic, organised, and wholesale slaughter. More than one million Armenians were murdered, starved, raped and left to die.
Professor Akcam's talk will discuss this horrific episode, as well as subsequent significant events. Following the war, the allies tried to prosecute the perpetrators of the genocide in a series of trials where the term ‘crimes against humanity’ was first used. At the same time, the Turkish nationalist movement rose up from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, eventually undermining the trials and hiding the history of the genocide.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 9 August 2018.
Image (at top): Armenians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed soldiers, 1915.
Monday 6 August
Canadian historian Professor Margaret MacMillan draws out the paradoxes of war and peace since the end of WWI.
Thursday 6 September
An esteemed panel will discuss how the testimony of Holocaust survivors is used today and the problems, questions and opportunities it presents to people grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust.
Tuesday 7 August
Join us for the launch of the special issue of the magazine Transition on "Bla(c)kness in Australia", bringing together the voices and artwork of diverse Bla(c)k writers, artists, poets, and scholars in Australia.