INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The Genocide of the Christian Populations of the Ottoman Empire and Its Aftermath 1908-1923

10-12 May 2019, Thessaloniki

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY

Chair of Pontic Studies

The Young Turks’ revolution in 1908, which had origins in Thessaloniki, was the result of three main stresses which the Ottoman Empire faced at the beginning of the 20thcentury. On the one hand, its modernization effort and, on the other, Balkan nationalism and the pressure put on it by the Great Powers. The great loss of lands, the reforms and local self-government by the Armenians, and the outbreak of World War I generated severe pressure on the Young Turks who had taken power in 1913, radicalizing the nationalistic ideology that had already been shaped and consolidated among large parts of the population. Unswerving national and religious homogenization also remained the aim of the subsequent Kemalist movement.
Amidst these rapidly changing social and political conditions, the ethno-religious communities of the Empire found themselves caught in a process of transformation of the multinational Empire into a Turkish nation-state, with the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Assyrian elements ultimately eliminated.
The present International Conference aims to analyze and discuss the various mass-atrocities (genocides, ethnic-cleansings and massacres) and forced deportations, specifically on the Genocide of the Christian populations of the Ottoman Empire (1908-1923).

Speakers

Richard Hovannisian, Professor  Emeritus

Richard Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) & Chapman University

Michael J. Kelly, Professor

Michael J. Kelly, Professor

Allen A. Sekt Endowed Chair in Law at Creighton University School of Law

Taner Akcam, Professor

Taner Akcam, Professor

Clark University

David Gaunt, Professor

David Gaunt, Professor

Center for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University

Hannibal Travis, Professor

Hannibal Travis, Professor

Florida International University - College of Law.

Uğur Peçe,  Assistant Professor

Uğur Peçe, Assistant Professor

History & Global Islamic Studies, Lehigh University

Schedule plan

Chairman of the Session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

A Culture of Impunity and anti-Armenian Violence at the Turn of the Twentieth Century View Details

Against Assimilation: Assessing Late Ottoman Violence through Conscription Debates, 1908-1912 View Details

A Step towards Identity Construction or Genocide? Ideological Transformations in the Ottoman Empire in 1911-1913 View Details

The Balkan Wars and the rise of the reactionary modernist utopia in young Turk thought and the journal Türk Yurdu [Turkish Homeland] View Details

Chairman of the second session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

The Unweaving of Greeks from Black Sea: The Pontic Genocide, 1919-1922 View Details

"When disaster and calamity of misery become their inseparable companion:" Pontus Between Two Deportations (1916-1921) View Details

The Anatomy of Ottoman Genocide  View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Chairman of the third Session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

The evidence of the French commission in Pontus on the anti-hellenic persecutions after the end of the First World War (1919-1920) View Details

«The Genocide of the Christian Populations of the Ottoman Empire through the Greek and the International Press» View Details

The Pontic Greek Genocide documented by Political Archive of the Pontus National Council. View Details

Location: Hall 1, Building A , Golden Street , Southafrica

Testimonies  of the American Humanitarian and Missionary Organizations regarding the Greek Pontic Genocide  View Details

The persecutions of the Greek Orthodox populations in Asia Minorthrough the eyes of Chrysostom of Smyrna. View Details

Chairman of the 4th Session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

The network of local Young Turks in East Thrace and their genocide strategies against Greeks, 1913-1920. View Details

Official Genocidal Policy of the Young Turks’ State: The Assyrian Case View Details

Location: Hall 1, Building A , Golden Street , Southafrica

The"systematic elimination"of the Christian element as presented in the minutes of the Commission on the Responsibility of the Authors of the War and on the Enforcement of Penalties (1919). View Details

View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

“Shared Intent in a Collapsing Empire:  Pan-Turkism as Mens Rea Evidence under the Akayesu Standard for Genocide against Christian Populations in the Late Ottoman Period. View Details

The Poles in the Ottoman Empire and their opinion about the extermination of Greeks and Armenians, 1908-1923.  View Details

Interim Session dedicated to the Memory of Speros Vryonis, Jr. (1928- 2019). Brief obituary by Emeritus Prof. I. K.Hassiotis. View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Evolving Approaches to the Study of Genocide The Armenian Case View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Chairman of the sixth session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Chairman of the seventh session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

The legal conundrum of genocide before 1948: Defining the core crime under customary international law View Details

National Security Justifications for Ottoman Greek Expulsions and Killings: Reading Denialist Accounts in Light of International Law View Details

The Armenian Genocide: A Victim of the discrepancy between International Law and International Politics? View Details

Chairman of the eighth Session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Reclamation of Armenian and Greek women and children after the Genocide: the Efforts of the League of Nations View Details

The Necessity of Civilizational Protection of Cultural Monuments in the Context of Current Developmentsin the Middle East. View Details

Why does Turkish Denialism of Genocide against Christians Persist?: An Examination of the Political andCultural Factors. View Details

Chairwoman of the ninth session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosoph

Approaching the Genocide through Literature and Art: an educational program for Primary School View Details

Teaching the Asia Minor Disaster with Teaching and Learning Based on Problem Solving and Decision Making View Details

Chairman of tenth session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Big Secrets, Small Villages: The Collective Memory of the Assyrian Genocide. View Details

Location: Hall 1, Building A , Golden Street , Southafrica

Chairman of eleventh session View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

Waiting for the Ships of Salvation: Scenes from the Abandonment of the Fatherland of Anatolian Hellenism (1922-1923). View Details

Collective action in refugee identity of prefecture Thessaloniki. Resistance to historical oblivion View Details

Between memory and 'amnesia': The Greek State and the political retention of the Ottoman Greeks' genocide View Details

Closing Remarks  by the President of Scientific Committee Professor Emeritus Artemis Niki Xanthopoulou Kyriakou  View Details

Location: “Alexandros Papanastasiou” Ceremony Hall, Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy

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