AGBU YEREVAN HOSTED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GENDER AND POST- GENOCIDE, ART-EXHIBITION “MAPPING IDENTITY: FIGURES, BORDERS, AND NATIONS” (VIDEO MATERIALS)

“After Genocide: From Trauma to Rebirth, a Gendered Perspective” to share historical and sociological impact on female victims during three-day conference

The Conference:
September 17-19 The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) hosted a three-day international conference “After Genocide: From Trauma to Rebirth, a Gendered Perspective” on Saturday, September 17 to Monday, September 19, at AGBU Armenia Hall in Yerevan. A press conference announcing the launch of the multidisciplinary international conference took place at AGBU Armenia on September 16. Carol Mann, Director of Women in War, Talar Kazanjian, Executive Director of AGBU Armenia, Dr. Pavel Avetisyan, Director of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan, Lusine Kharatyan, Country Director of DVV International, Lerna Ekmekcioglu, McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History, from MIT spoke at the press conference briefing the local media on the purpose and a larger framework for organizing the conference, as well as the unique combination of a gender-sensitive angle and the global perspective for post-genocide research.

The conference was organized by conflict and gender think-tank Women in War (France) in partnership with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Armenia, DVV International, and AGBU Armenia. The three-day event brought together over fifty speakers from around the world to discuss the gendered nature of personal, political and social consequences of genocide. Feminist thinkers and activists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and lawyers shared differing perspectives on how genocide victims and descendants had been affected by their trauma.

Conference panelists examined genocides and mass killings, including the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, Nanking, Bosnian genocide, Rwandan genocide, mass killings during the Democratic Republic of the Congo Civil War, Cambodian genocide, and mass killings in Central America and the Middle East. The fate of persecuted people today, including Yazidis, Christians in the Middle East and Kurds, were also examined as will questions on reparations and possibilities of reconciliation in preventing the recurrence of genocide.

This project was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah (France), DVV International, Swedish non-governmental organization Kvinna till Kvinna (Women for Women), and the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN).

The Exhibit:
September 16 - November 1 “Mapping Identity: Figures, Borders, and Nations”
Artist books, paintings and works on paper by Dana Walrath for AGBU Exhibitions

“Mapping Identity: Figures, Borders, and Nations” is a solo exhibition of select works by renowned artist, author and anthropologist Dana Walrath comprised of artists’ books, paintings and works of art on paper. The series consists of handmade books on nine of the genocides of the past 500 years: American Indians, African Americans, Australian Aborigines, Armenians, the Holocaust, Cambodians, Rwandans, Bosnians and the Rohingya people of Myanmar. One of Walrath’s installations in the exhibition, “View from the High Ground,” renders dehumanization—the fourth stage of genocide—as an interactive process. The handmade books are interactive, forcing the viewer to experience dehumanization literally through the sense of touch as participants page through the images. Two of the nine original books—comprised of hand drawings and an old zoology text embedded within slate—will be on view at AGBU along with larger works on paper from Walrath’s “Armenian Maps” series which explores borders, identity and the fetishizing of nationalism.

Full video of the conference is available by the following links:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6ctOS7eJAdR6pLF2Ze2hwue1IuV7vIVb
http://livestream.com/accounts/14343821/events/6354185

 

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