The Origins of the Armenian Genocide: The Crucial Years, 1912-15

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Dwinelle Hall 370

Stephan Astourian, UC Berkeley; Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan; Fatma Muge Gocek, University of Michigan; Margaret Anderson, UC Berkeley; Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh; Ryan Gingeras, Naval Postgraduate School; Erik-Jan Zurcher, Leiden University; Garabet Moumdjian, Independent Scholar and Consultant; Yektan Turkyilmaz, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; Ruben Safrastyan, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia; Ugur Umit Ungor, Utrecht University

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This conference will consider and discuss the domestic and international factors that may have contributed to the enactment of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. In particular, it will dwell on the crucial 1912-1915 period. While we are not assuming a linear, deterministic process leading to the Armenian Genocide during those years, we do believe that a decision to carry out the genocide resulted, probably from a combination of factors and key triggering events.


9:30am: Opening Comments
9:35am-10am: Stephan H. Astourian (Department of History and William Saroyan Director of the Armenian Studies Program, U.C. Berkeley)
“Armenian Genocide Studies: Development as a Field, Historiographic Appraisal, and the Road Ahead.”
10am-10:25am: Ronald Grigor Suny (Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
“‘They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else’: Explaining the Armenian Genocide.”

10:25am-10:50am: Fatma Műge Göçek (Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
“Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009.”

10:50am-11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00am-11:25am: Margaret Lavinia Anderson (Professor Emerita, Department of History, and Professor of the Graduate School, U.C. Berkeley)
“A Responsbility to Protest? The Public, the Powers, and the Armenians in the Era of Abdülhamid II.”

11:25am-11:50am: Donald Bloxham (Richard Pares Professor of European History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh)
“The Great Powers and the Armenian Question up to the Eve of Genocide.”

11:50am-12:30pm: Questions and Answers

12:30-2:00pm Lunch Break


2:00pm-2:25pm: Ryan Gingeras (Associate Professor, Chair for Instruction, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School)

“Empire’s End in Rumeli: Ottoman Implications of Serb State-Building in Macedonia, 1912-1914.”

2:25pm-2:50pm: Erik-Jan Zűrcher (Professor, Leiden University Institute of Area Studies, School of Middle Eastern Studies)
“Macedonia of the East? Young Turk Perceptions of the Armenian ‘Problem.’”

2:50pm-3:15pm: Garabet Moumdjian (Independent Scholar and Consultant)
“ARF 7th (1913) and 8th (1914) General Congresses: Ambitious Politics versus Stark Realities.”

3:15pm-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm-3:55pm: Yektan Turkyilmaz (Postdoctoral Fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin):

“Rethinking ‘the Path’ to the Armenian Genocide (June 1913-August 1914).”
3:55pm-4:20pm: Ruben Safrastyan (Academician, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia; Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia)
“Genocide of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: The Last Week of May 1915.”
4:20pm-4:55pm: Ugur Ümit Üngör (Associate Professor , Department of History at Utrecht University; Research Fellow at the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam)
“Explaining Regional Variation in the Armenian Genocide.”

4:55pm-5:30pm: Questions and Answers