International Symposium on Talking the Armenian Issue Together

  • Tarihler: 22 – 23 May, 2021

The Center for Local and Regional Policy Research and Halil İnalcık History and Social Sciences Research Center at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University will organise an International Symposium on ‘‘Talking the Armenian Issue Together’’. The symposium will be held on May 22-23, 2021, at 10.00 AM-6.00 PM, via Microsoft Teams.

Content of the Symposium:

With the outbreak of the First World War, the efforts of the Allied Powers to benefit from the Armenians living in the Ottomans lands prompted the Ottoman rulers to carry out a policy of relocating and resettling the Armenians. The various human tragedies, quarrels and pains experienced during this period has still made their effects felt. However, not only Turks and Armenians but also Kurds and Assyrians suffered from the same sorrows. We have still encountered the historical, psychological and diplomatic dimensions of this drama, which took place in early period of the 20th century. In fact, the issue have became vicious cycle in the recent period. In addition, studying this issue unilaterally, with the sense of denial and accusation, has also fueled mutual hatred; hence, this approach has made difficult for the sides to understand each other on humanitarian and historical grounds. Therefore, we will organize an international symposium in which all aspects of the Turkish-Armenian issue will be discussed in detail.

The symposium, which will be held with the main theme of ‘‘Talking the Armenian Issue Together’’, is open to the participation of a certain number of national and international academicians and researchers who engage in Armenian studies from different perspectives. In the harmony with the main theme, the content of symposium will be centered on the main subjects of ‘‘Archive-History, Psychological Traumas, Unmourned Sorrows-Memoirs and Diplomatic Relations’’. In other words, it is expected that researchers share their studies, with a special focus, on Turkish-Armenian archival studies, Turks and Armenians’ common psychological traumas, historical sorrows and diplomatic relations.

Objective of the Symposium:

The aim of this international symposium is to gather distinguished scholars and academicians who are experts in their fields, in order to discuss and analyze the challenges and future prospects of the Turkish-Armenian issue. In a free and fair atmosphere, the scholars will engage in thoughtful discussions about the reexamination of the Turkish-Armenian challenge with respect to historical, political, psychological, sociological and cultural aspects. Indeed, the symposium aims to display that the historical events and sorrows affected both Turkish and Armenian communities; that is, they shared the same fate as a result of conditions of the period. Accordingly, the symposium intimately intends to create a common ground  in order to overcome Turkish-Armenian challenge and to provide practical solutions by eliminating prejudices. In fact, the respected scholars and the researchers, with the valuable scientific studies, will provide a middle ground for the Turkish-Armenian issue.

Date of the symposium: May 22-23, 2021, at 10.00 AM-6.00 PM



Outcome of the Symposium:

The proceedings of the symposium will be compiled and published as a book.

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bulut - President of the Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Mehdi İlhan - Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Tarık Çelenk - Coordinator of the Center for Local and Regional Policies Research

Doç. Dr. Beytullah Kaya - On Behalf of the Halil İnalcık Social Sciences and Research Center

Arbitration Board:

Prof. Dr. Kemal Çiçek - Turkish Historical Society

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Mehdi İlhan - Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Prof. Dr. Necmettin Alkan - Sakarya University

Prof. Dr. Zekeriya Kurşun - Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University

Prof. Dr. Ziya Kazıcı - Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Dr. Nuray Ocaklı - Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Dr. Hilmi Kaçar - Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Dr. Abdullah Tok - Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

"The Speaker of our Symposium"

Prof. Dr. Bülent Bakar : Marmara Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Feridun Ata : Selçuk Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Haluk Selvi : Sakarya Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Hilma Kaiser- Yerevan State University, Institute for Armenian Studies

Prof. Dr. Kadir Canatan: Sabahattin Zaim Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Kemal Çiçek –  Eski Türk Tarih Kurumu Ermeni Masası Başkanı

Prof. Dr. Michael Gunter- board member of the Center for Eurasian Studies (AVIM)

Prof. Dr. Necmettin Alkan : Sakarya Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Ramazan Güllü : İstanbul Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Recep Karacakaya : Medeniyet Üniversitesi  

Prof. Dr. Süleyman Beyoğlu : Marmara Üniversitesi

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Halaçoğlu- Eski Türk Tarih Kurumu Bşk.




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