Conferences


"The Prototype Genocide of Modern Times: Conference on the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide"
University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 22-24, 2010
Co-organized with the Government of the State of Sao Paulo, the Government of Armenia (Embassy of Armenia in Brasilia and the Consulate General of Armenia in Sao Paulo), and the University of Sao Paulo.

"International Conference & Student Workshop on the Armenian Diaspora"
Boston University, February 12-14, 2010
Co-organized with the Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Boston University, and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Belmont, Massachusetts.

"The Armenian Genocide within the Framework of National and International Law"
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, February 5, 2010
Jointly organized and sponsored with the Journal of Law and Public Policy, with the participation of the Cafesjian Family Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation. Legal experts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the United States examined various legal issues, both historical and contemporary, relating to the Armenian Genocide. The proceedings of the conference were published in a special issue of the University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 4, no. 2 (Spring 2010).

"After-Effects of the Armenian Genocide"
York University, April 23, 2009
York University, co-organized with the Armenian Students' Association @ York, the York Centre for Human Rights, and the Armen Karo Student Association, April 23, 2009.

"Symposium on the Genocide Prevention Task Force Report"
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, March 13, 2009
Co-organized with the International Association of Genocide Scholars and the editors of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, this international symposium provided an independent, in-depth and scholarly review of the Albright-Cohen chaired Genocide Prevention Task Force Report. Participants included Roger W. Smith, Herbert Hirsch, Henry Theriault, Barbara Harff, Alan Kuperman, Alex Alvarez, Gregory Stanton, Martin Mennecke, Samuel Totten, Linda Melvern. Selections from the proceedings were published in a special issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention 4, no. 2 (Summer 2009).

"Denying Genocide: Law, Identity, and Historical Memory in the Face of Mass Atrocity"
Co-sponsored with the Cardozo Law School, New York, December 4, 2006.

"Capacity Building for Peace and Development: Roles of Diaspora"
Co-organized with the University for Peace, a United Nations-mandated agency, Toronto, October 19-20, 2006.

"Ultimate Crime, Ultimate Challenge"
April 20-21, 2005 Yerevan, Armenia — An international conference on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was held in Yerevan April 20-21, 2005. Titled “Ultimate Crime, Ultimate Challenge,” the objective of the conference was to search for ways of transcending genocide, to determine what it takes to bring together the conflicting and tortured memories of peoples in conflict due to genocide, and to help create building blocks for the normalization of relations between perpetrator and victim groups. "Conference Ininerary and Booklet"

"The Future of Turkish-Armenian Relations"
Co-organized with the AGBU, Toronto, August 10, 2003.
Participants included Rouben Adalian, Taner Akcam, Razmik Panossian, Roger W. Smith.

Panel Discussion on Egoyan's 'Ararat'"
York University, Toronto, December 19, 2002 and City University of New York Graduate Center, January 25, 2003

"The Karabagh Movement, 1988-1998"
Cambridge, MA, May 2-3, 1998.
This important conference brought together experts from North America, Europe, and Armenia to examine issues relating to Nagorno Karabagh ten years after the start of the independence movement. Scholars discussed the origins and ongoing impact of the Karabagh Movement, the future of this epochal movement in the history not of only Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also the Soviet Union. Participants included Levon Abrahamian, Stepan Astourian, Nora Dudwick, Richard Giragosian, Edmund Hertzig, Volker Jacoby, Antranig Kasbarian, Arthur Martirosyan, Markar Melkonian, Garen Ohanjanyan, Razmik Panossian, Hratch Tchilingirian. The papers from this conference were published as The Making of Nagorno-Karabagh: From Secession to Republic, edited by Levon Chorbajian. London: Palgrave, 2001.

"Genocide Remembered: Armenians 1915-1923, Ukrainians 1932-1933"
Participants included Lorne Shirinian, Professor of English Literature, Collège Militaire Royal du Canada, author of numerous books and articles, and Frank Sysyn, Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, St. Vladimir's Institute, Toronto, April 17, 1997.

"The Armenian Genocide"
University of Toronto, in cooperation with the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, November 5, 1996.

"Armenia: Transition to Democracy"
Razmik Panossian, London School of Economics, Susan Pattie, Simon Osborn, Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, September 22, 1996

"Problems of Genocide"
Organized in cooperation with the National Commission on the 80th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, April 21-23, 1995.
This major, international conference was the first held in the independent Republic of Armenia to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. One of the pioneering features of this conference was the effort to place the Armenian Genocide in comparative perspective with other cases of genocide. Another was having a researcher from Turkey in the program, who gave new scholarly insight into the perpetrator perspective and genocide denial. Another was the speech of K.M. Greg Sarkissian, which, for the first time, acknowledged publicly Turks who had saved Armenians and the implications of that for the future of Armenian-Turkish relations. Participants included Levon Ter-Petrossian, H.H. Karekin I, K. M. Greg Sarkissian, Richard G. Hovannisian, Mkrtich G. Nersissian, Franklin H. Littell, Ben Kiernan, Frank Sysyn, Berch Berberoglu, Irving L. Horowitz, Ruben G. Sahakian, Henry R. Huttenbach, Helen Fein, Ruben Safrastian, V.A. Nadein-Rayevsky, Yehuda Bauer, Roger W. Smith, Vahakn N. Dadrian, James J. Reid, Rouben P. Adalian, Yves Ternon, Taner Akçam, Anush Hovannisian, Ervin Staub, Hrand Avetissian, Ara Sarafian, Hilmar Kaiser, Vardges Mikayelian, Stepan Stepanian, Anahide Ter-Minassian, Christopher J. Walker, H.E. Gagik G. Haroutounian. The proceedings of the conference were initially published as Problems of Genocide, Cambridge, MA and Toronto: Zoryan Institute 1997, and a revised edition as Studies in Comparative Genocide, edited by Levon Chorbajian and George Shirinian. London: Macmillan, 1999.

"Abel Aganbegyan: Glasnost and the Global Village"
September 14, 1990, York University in cooperation with Canada-Russia Business Council.

"Issues in the Economic Development of Armenia"
Proceedings of the Economic Development Seminar, Paris, December 7, 1989.

"The Earthquake in Armenia: Two Years Later. Second Annual Conference on the Reconstruction of Armenia"
Yerevan, December 3-7, 1990.
Co-sponsored with the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the USSR Academy of Sciences Commission on the Reconstruction of Armenia.

"The Earthquake in Armenia: One Year Later. A Conference on Rescue, Relief, Reconstruction: Assessments/Achievements, Problems/Prospects, Lessons"
Paris, December 4-6, 1989.
Co-sponsored with the USSR Academy of Sciences Commission on the Reconstruction of Armenia and The Western Scientific Commission on the Reconstruction of Armenia.

"International Law and the Human Rights of Minorities"
1988.

"Diasporas in Comparative Perspective"
An International Conference at Queens College, CUNY, October 21, 22 and 23, 1987.

"Power and Legitimacy in the Armenian Community"
Los Angeles, May 1-3, 1987

"Seminar on The Armenian American Experience"
San Francisco State University, February 14, 1987.
Is the ability to speak and read Armenian a valid prerequisite for community leaders? What is Armenian culture in America? Is it different from that of other immigrant groups in the US? Is a new Armenian culture evolving? In the wake of the Genocide, do Armenian institutions support as legitimate only those art modes which resemble expressions of the past, and therefore, do we define our culture in terms of our history and not in new, dynamic forms? Participants included Dikran Tashjian, University of California-Irvine; composer Michelle Ekizian of New York; Peter Balakian, Colgate University; Margaret Bedrosian, University of California-Davis; Gerard Libaridian, Zoryan Institute.

"Dimensions of a Diasporan Culture"
July 7-14, 1987.

"Oral History Conference"
Toronto, May 23, 1987.
Topics covered include "Oral Documentation vs. Written Documentation" by Christine Kates, the Osgoode Society's Director of Oral History; The Status of OH in the Armenian Community" by Donald Miller, Director of the School of Religion at the University of Southern California; "Using Personal Testimony in Teaching History" by Mary Johnson of Facing History and Ourselves; "The Use of OH in Teaching" by Taline Voskeritchian of Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian High School in California and Director of Projects at the Zoryan Institute; "OH as a Human Resource" by Salpi Haroutunian Ghazarian of the Zoryan Institute; "How Historians View OH" by Paula Jean Draper; and "The Use of OH in Reseearch" by Rouben Adalian, Director of Academic Affairs at the Armenian Assembly.

"Seminar on the Denial of the Genocide"
May 11, 1986.
Participants included Barbara Merguerian, Clive Foss, Levon Chorbajian, Roger Smith, Wahe Balekjian, Dickran Kouymjian, Levon Marashlian, Gary Kulhanjian, and James Reid. Cambridge, MA.

"To Study a Diaspora"
Tufts University, April 19-20, 1986.
Participants included Levon Charkoudian, Hrair Dekmejian, Hrair Cabayan, Eliz Sanasarian, Rouben Adalian, Hratch Zadoian, Joan Bamburger, Levon Chorbajian, Anny Bakalian, Aram Yengoyan, Margaret Bedrosian, Ronald Stockton, Garbis Kortian, Ralph Setian, Hagiaz Grigorian.

"Seminar on Oral History"
University of Southern California, November 1, 1986.
Participants included Hrair Dekmejian, Donald Miller, Jan Darsa, Salpi Ghazarian, Taline Voskerichian, Bedros Alahaidoyan, Rouben Adalian, Margaret Bedrosian, Gerard Libaridian.

"Permanent Peoples' Tribunal. A Crime of Silence: The Armenian Genocide"
Paris, April 13-16, 1984
When the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal convened in Paris in April 1984, it was the first time the Armenian Genocide was being deliberated in an international, legal forum, and this was the first international forum to clearly affirm the Armenian Genocide. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (successor to the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Vietnam) was created to investigate major international crimes that no national or international body was willing or able to hear. The Tribunal’s thirty-five member panel included three Nobel Prize laureates and eminent jurists, theologians, academics and political figures from all over the world. A highlight of the Tribunal’s verdict was that the Young Turk government during WWI was guilty of genocide, an international crime for which the Turkish state today must assume responsibility. This volume reproduces the testimony, evidence and papers delivered at the Tribunal’s hearings, as well as the full verdict. The proceedings of the Tribunal were published in French as Un crime de silence: Le génocide arménien (Paris: Flammarion, 1984), A Crime of Silence: The Armenian Genocide (London: Zed Books, 1995). The Verdict was published in English and Armenian in 1984 and in Portuguese (São Paulo, Brazil) in 2011.

"What Is To Be Asked?"
Tufts University, Medford, MA, January, 1984
In the first colloquium of the Zoryan Institute, twenty-seven participants sought to identify the most fundamental issues for further documentation, research and analysis in examining contemporary Armenian life.