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Workshop for Armenian/Turkish Scholarship (WATS) Archive

Thursday, November 3, 2011
12:00 AM
Bentley Library, University of Michigan; 1150 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113

During the event the editors of the WATS volume “A Question of Genocide,” (Oxford University Press), Professors Muge Gocek and Ronald Suny will discuss the making of the volume and the WATS process in general; there will also be a presentation of the WATS archives. The event will be cosponsored by the Bentley Library, the Department of History, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Armenian Studies Program of the University of Michigan.
The prize winning Workshop for Armenian/Turkish Scholarship (WATS) has been an ongoing effort on the part of a number of scholars—Armenian, Turkish and others—to investigate the causes, circumstances and consequences of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, overcoming the politics of genocide recognition and denial. Meeting over the last decade, historians from around the globe have worked to overcome the hostile, mutually exclusive narratives that have sought to persuade different publics of particular and partial truths. The project was initiated by a group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Chicago in 1999 and has been based at U-M until now. The project has resulted in the important volume that will be presented at the Bentley Library, which now becomes the permanent home of the workshop’s archives.