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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Woman Scholar's Reflections on Denial, March 8 at 1pm, Montreal

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute and the Department of Anthropology &
Sociology present:

A Woman Scholar's Reflections on Denial: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and
the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009

Dr. Fatma Müge Göçek
Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Friday, March 8th, 2013
1:00 to 3:00pm
Hall Building, Room # H1120
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W

With the intent to analyze the origins and continuity of the collective
violence committed against the Armenian through Ottoman and republican
history up to the present, the talk analyzes the narrative of 297
contemporaneous memoir writers and their 315 texts. The analysis provides
a historically based explanation not only for the emergence of such
collective violence, but its continuation across two hundred twenty years
from 1789 to 2009. And it further argues that the layering of denial
across time makes it even more challenging for contemporary Turkish state
and society to acknowledge the violence.

Born, raised and educated in Istanbul, Turkey, Fatma Müge Göçek is a
Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of history,
politics, gender and collective violence. Her published works include East
Encounters West: France and the Ottoman Empire in the 18th Century (Oxford
University Press, 1987), Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East:
Tradition, Identity, Power (Columbia University Press, 1994 co-edited with
Shiva Balaghi), Rise of the Bourgeoisie, Demise of Empire: Ottoman
Westernization and Social Change (Oxford University Press, 1996),
Political Cartoons in the Middle East (Markus Wiener Publishers, 1998),
Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East (SUNY Press, 2002),
The Transformation of Turkey: Redefining State and Society from the
Ottoman Empire to the Modern Era (I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2011), and A
Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire
(Oxford University Press, 2011 co-edited with Ronald Grigor Suny and
Norman Naimark). She has recently finished a book manuscript entitled
Deciphering Denial: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and the Collective
Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009.

Other upcoming events this month!

Adria Vasil "Killer Beauty: The toxic seduction of bodycare marketing and
the toxins lurking in your personal care products"
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
7 p.m.
Centre Victoria Hall
4626 rue Sherbrooke ouest

DiAna DiAna "Curlers and Condoms: Grassroots Prevention, Then and Now"
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
7 p.m.
Room H-110 of the Henry F. Hall Building

The 'Gang Rape in India' -- what's not being talked about"
Friday, 22 March
4.30 p.m
Simone de Beauvoir Institute
2170 Bishop Street

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