Report by Nora Vosbigian
(Photo: At the ruins of St. Sarkis church, Diyarbakir: Kurdish politicians and activists praying for the victims of the Armenian Genocide, 24 April 2015.)
Nora Vosbigian (London)
Jonas Kauffeldt is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Georgia and a relative newcomer to the Armenian world. His recent translation of Karen Jeppe’s Danish book, Misak: An Armenian Life (Gomidas Institute, 2015) is a masterful work and includes a fascinating 70 page introduction by Kauffeldt.
Nora Vosbigian (London)
The Gomidas Institute and the Turkish Human Rights Association remind the Turkish Grand National Assembly that the latter still owes an explanation for its 2005 allegations against the British Parliament and the Armenian Genocide thesis.
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Anush Melkonian (London)
London was the venue for a conference sponsored by the Federation of Turkish Associations UK. The event took place in an auditorium hired at the London School of Economics by the sponsors. The thrust of the meeting was the vilification of Armenians and the denial of the Armenian Genocide.
Notes on the Gomidas Institute's activities in Turkey April 20-25 with a focus on the Diyarbakir commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and the Seyfo.
GI Press Release.
Fulya Burke (Mardin)
A truly international and interdisciplinary cutting-edge programme, with the participation of leading Armenian, Assyrian, Turkish and Kurdish scholars.
Seyfo Centre USA hosted a series of educational lectures in Los Angeles, San Diego, Turlock and San Jose on the Assyrian-Armenian Genocide and Seyfo in 1915. The lectures were organized with the help of local Assyrian American organizations, and given by the British-Armenian historian, Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute, London).
Joseph Haweil (Assyrian International News Agency)
An interview with Ara Sarafian about Armenian historiography and the Seyfo.
A short report on a presentation at SOAS and an interview with one of the leading scholars in Armenian Studies today. Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the backbone of the Armenian Studies Programme at California State University (Fresno).
Ara Sarafian (Agos)
Türkiye’de resmi tarihçiler 24 Nisan 1915’te ne yaşandığı konusunda yayınlar yapmaya devam ediyorlar. Bunun son örneklerinden biri, Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürü Yusuf Sarınay’ın İngilizce yayımladığı bir makale. Bu makaleye göre, 24 Nisan’da tutuklanıp sürgüne gönderilenlerin tamamı komitacıydı, başlarına kötü bir olay gelmedi ve 1918’de savaş bittikten sonra da serbest kalıp evlerine döndüler.
For English version of this artice...
Genocide Prevention Now (No 10, Spring 2012)
Nouvelles d’Armenie, (July 2012, number 187)
This interview was originally published in the French Armenian journal, Nouvelles d’Armenie. Its focus was on the official Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide, alternative voices in Turkey, and the possibilities of taking the Armenian Genocide debate to Turkey.
"Talaat Pasa Report on the Armenian Genocide" or "Talat Paşa'nın Ermeni Soykırımı Raporu" presents a great challenge to deniers of the Armenian Genocide. Since the publication of this work, official Turkey has remained silent over its content. Yet Sarafian's work argues for the authenticity of the document, as well as the significance of its content in light of the available Ottoman record in Turkey.
Mediamax interview with Ara Sarafian
"Talaat Pasha's Report on the Armenian Genocide, 1917” was published by the Gomidas Institute in April 2011. As the title implies, it is an appraisal of a report that was found in Talaat Pasha's private papers and published by the Turkish journalist and popular historian Murat Bardakci. According to Sarafian, Bardakci's analysis of Talaat's report was limited and did not reflect the true content of the original document. Sarafian draws on Ottoman records to verify the authenticity of the 1917 document and interpret its content. He argues that the 1917 report was actually a special assessment of the Armenian Genocide. Mediamax talked to Ara Sarafian.
Aghtamar: A Jewel of Medieval Armenian Architecture, a bilingual Turkish and English book, was launched in Van on September 17th and in Istanbul on September 21st. A co-publication between Gomidas Institute (London) and Birzamanlar Yayincilik (Istanbul), this work presented Turkish audiences with a fascinating history of Aghtamar and its 10th century Church of the Holy Cross (Surp Khach). The book was introduced by Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute) and Osman Koker (Birzamanlar Yayincilik).
On Fri., June 26, the Turkish edition of the 1916 "Blue Book,” titled The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 1915-16, will be released in Ankara by Lord Avebury and Ara Sarafian. The event is sponsored by the Turkish Human Rights Association (Ankara) and the Freedom of Thought Association.
A retired British diplomat raises eyebrows at the London School of Economics following the screening of a new documentary, "The Blue Book", on the Armenian Genocide.
Istanbul, Turkey. - Sabanci University in Istanbul on November 6 and 7 hosted a major international workshop titled, "Adana 1909: History, Memory, and Identity from a Hundred Year Perspective." Scholars from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Turkey participated in the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the Gomidas Institute (London), Sabanci University, the International Hrant Dink Foundation, and the history departments of Istanbul Bilgi University and Bogazici University
Armenian Weekly columnist reports from Istanbul on yet another effort by the Turkish Grand National Assembly to stifle discussion about the ‘Blue Book’. The saga continues as Turkish authorities shun dialogue and avoid explaining their own spurious allegations.
Nouvelles d'Armenie (September 2008)
The following interview with Ara Sarafian was originally published in the French Armenian journal, Nouvelles d’Armenie. Its focus was on Sarafian's work and the opportunities of engaging the Armenian Genocide issue in Turkey today.
[Original interview in English]
Below is a letter to the editor from Ara Sarafian, historian and director of the Gomidas Institute. The letter was writte as a response to an article that appeared in the Turkish Daily Hurriyet, in which his views were not properly represented. Sarafian's response touches on several important issues related to scholarship and the study of the Armenian Genocide.
Ermeni araştırmacı Ara Sarafyan ve Türk Tarih Kurumu Başkanı Prof. Dr. Yusuf Halaçoğlu'nun "Ermeni Soykırımı" iddialarını ortak araştırma çabası suya düştü. Yeni Aktüel'e konuşan Sarafyan'a göre neden, Halaçoğlu'nun "Harput'la ilgili belgelerin yok edildiğini" açıklaması… Halaçoğlu ise "Araştırma diaspora baskısından yürütülemedi" diyor.Read more »
By Ara Sarafian
Varak Monastery, near Van, was one of the great monastic centres of the Armenian church. Its main structure was built at the end of the 10th century. Much of the monastery was destroyed in 1915, a significant part was destroyed in the 1960s, while good sections have just barely survived until our days. In recent years, busloads of tourists have visited Varak as a place of historic interest. Many have been Armenian, but also Germans, Japanese, Italians and Americans.Read more »
The following interview was given to Virgul, following the Istanbul Conference on The Future of Turkish Armenian Relations. Sarafian was one of the few diaspora-Armenians who participated at the conference, where he gave a paper on the British Parliamentary Blue Book and the Armenian Genocide.
The Armenian Community (UK)
The recent restoration and rebuilding of Sourp Khach (Holy Cross) Church on Aghtamar island has raised many questions about the Turkish government's purpose. The Gomidas Institute has initiated an independent assessment of the different issues involved.
Nora Vosbigian, London
Ben Whitaker, Lord Avebury Speak Out
LONDON—Eighty-four years after it released a book at the House of Lords telling the world about the Armenian Genocide, the British government has excluded Armenians from a commemoration of Holocaust and Genocide Day that it has planned for 27 January 2001. And, so, the House of Lords was chosen as the site for the launch of a new edition of the government’s 1916 Blue Book.
Review essay by by Yair Auron (Haaretz)
These diaries and memos help set the record straight concerning what the U.S. government knew about the Armenian genocide. Hence their importance for understanding this horrific tragedy and the circumstances that made it possible.