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Call for Papers - The Armenian Genocide 1915-2015. One hundred years of “Great Crimes"

Conference venue: Padova, Italy
Period: March 11-12, 2015
Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 30, 2014
Deadline for submitting full papers: January 30, 2015



The Study Group on Shoah and Mass Extermination, with the support of the Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies, University of Padua, organizes an international two-day workshop on: The Armenian Genocide 1915-2015. One hundred years of “Great Crimes”, scheduled in Padua on 11 and 12 March 2015.

The Workshop aims at exploring in multidisciplinary perspective the events that one hundred years back caused the Armenian genocide, the massacre of more than one million Armenians in the territory of the Ottoman Empire, in a land where they had lived for millennia. The Armenian Metz Yeghérn (great crime) did not remain an isolated event. The XX and the dawn of XXI century have witnessed other “great crimes” been  perpetrated in Europe, Africa, Asia…, with global repercussions. The legal concept of “genocide” has tried to capture the unspeakable nature of the “crime of crimes”.
The workshop intends to reflect on the way “genocide” has become a key concept in today’s legal and political discourse, by exploring the historical, ideological and political origins of such a criminal praxis in the mass killings of the Armenians in the context of the First World War.

Eligible topics

The workshop will be articulated around three pillars:

  • The first pillar (The Armenian genocide in history and politics) is concerned with the historical and political analysis of the 1915 events and of their aftermath in Turkey, Europe, and worldwide.
  • The second pillar (At the origins of the word genocide: the Armenian massacre and International law) is about the development of the legal discourse on international criminal law after the Istanbul trials, the Lemkin’s scholarship on the Armenian massacres and on the Third Reich, the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, and the post-war evolutions that has lead, among other things, to the establishment of the UN criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court.
  • The third pillar (The Armenian genocide as a political stake: memory, reconciliation, negationism, and the right to truth) will address the social, political, ethical and legal processes associated to the healing of a major societal trauma.

Contributions will encompass the perspective of the traumatized communities of both victims and perpetrators, as well as the viewpoints of other involved political actors. The workshop will be animated by guest speakers and panelists.

Guidelines for submission

Prospective panelists are invited to submit papers addressing the above topics in an original and innovative way, bearing in mind that the worksop’s aim is to accrue scientific knowledge and understanding, and not merely commemorate the 1915 events.
Papers and panelists will be selected by the workshop’s scientific committee on the basis of a 500 word abstract, that has to be submitted by 30 October 2014 along with a short CV of the author. Accepted panelists will have to send the full paper by 30 January 2015. Papers should be approximately 12,000 word long. Please email your abstract to the organizing committee:


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