Post-Genocide Turkey and its Armenians during the Interwar Years
The talk follows the trajectories of the survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide who remained inside Turkish borders in the 1920s and 30s. How did the Kemalist state treat the remaining Armenians? What were Armenians’ responses to the new (but also old) Turkish regime? I will discuss multiple strategies Armenians --including feminist Armenians-- improvised in order to cohabit with unapologetic perpetrators and survive the new Turkey.
Lerna Ekmekcioglu is McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is also affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Program. She received her PhD at New York University’s joint program of History and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies in 2008. She held a one year Manoogian post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Armenian Studies Program. Ekmekcioglu is the co-editor of the 2006 book in Turkish titled A Cry for Justice: Five Armenian Feminist Writers from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (1862–1933). Her first monograph, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey, came out from Stanford University Press in 2016. Currently she is co-writing a sourcebook/textbook on Armenian feminists in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman world.
Copies of Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey will be available for purchase.
Cosponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Anthropology and Stanford University Press