The Armenian Genocide Legacy: 100 Years on

The centennial of the Armenian genocide will be the topic of a public event and two-day conference, gathering international experts from the fields of law, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, literature, education, and media studies who will discuss why the genocide matters today.

Public event
The public screening of ‘Grandma’s Tattoos’ (Suzanne Khardalian, 2012) will open the event on 5 March as part of the Roads to Justice series about Transitional Justice. Dr. Ronald Suny delivers the keynote lecture about Transitional Justice and Armenia. Afterwards, dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör reflects on both the film and the lecture.

Two-day conference
The interdisciplinary book From Catastrophe to Genocide: The Armenian ‘Question’ Revisited a Century Later forms the basis of this conference. Each of the contributing authors will be given the opportunity to present the subject and conclusions of their chapter, which in turn will foster a fruitful discussion around the topic.


Full provisional programme is listed below. For more information please visit the conference website
The public screening is hosted at Humanity House, Prinsegracht 8 in The Hague
The conference is held at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10 in The Hague
Please register by sending an email to with mention of the day(s) you wish to attend.

Armenian looking at the human remains at Der el-Zor, 1916. Source: Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
Alexis Demirjian of the Centennial Project Foundation, director of the University of Southern California's Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies Salpi Ghazarian (11.18) and Nanci Adler of the NIOD institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (14.23)
Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan Ronald Suny: The Armenian Genocide and People Who Refuse to Disappear
Geoffrey Robertson, founder and Head of Doughty Street Chambers: Armenia and the G-Word
Susan Karamanian from the George Washington University Law School: The Armenian Genocide and the ICJ
Compensation for the Armenian Genocide: A Study of Recognition and Reparations by lawyer Nolwenn Guibert and attorney Sun Kim (11.24)
Najwa Nabti from the University of Arizona: Legacy of Impunity: Sexual Violence During the Genocide
Alexis Demirdjian of the Centennial Project Foundation: The Failure of the Judicial System During Armed Conflicts
Anthonie Holslag of the University of Amsterdam: Memorization of the Armenian Genocide in Cultural Narratives
Esra Elmas of Istanbul Bigli University: Media Coverage of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey
Ferda Balancar from the Turkish newspaper Agos: Creating Awareness of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey
Ayda Erbal of New York University: Lost in Translation
Lisa Siraganian from the Southern Methodist University: Hiding Horrors in Full View
Marie-Aude Baronian of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis: Remembering the Armenian Catastrophe through Art
Hannibal Travis of Florida International University: Counterinsurgency as Genocidal Intent
Levon Chorbajian of the University of Massachusetts Lowell: Lying about the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to Present
Seyhan Bayraktar of University of Konstanz: The Changing Discourse about the Armenian Genocide in Turkey
Ugur Umit Ungor of University Utrecht and NIOD: Re-framing Central Questions about Genocide in the 20th Century
Writer, filmmaker and Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the Royal Military College of Canada Lorne Shirinian: The Georgetown Boys and Girls in Canada (presented by Alexis Demirjian)
Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State: The Theme of Genocide in Armenian Literature
Nanor Kebranian of Columbia University: Cultural Heritage and the Denial of Genocide Law
Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, Associate professor in the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Notre Dame University, Lebanon: The Musa Dagh History Hike
Joyce Sahyouni, ESL teacher and specialist in education: Genocide Education