STATES, SOCIETIES AND RECONCILIATION: Turkish-Armenian Relations in the Light of the French-German Experience

05 Nov

Turkish-Armenian Relations in the Light of the French-German Experience on the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty

Sehir University
Istanbul 7-8 November 2013


International Conference titled, “STATES, SOCIETIES AND RECONCILIATION: Turkish-Armenian Relations in the Light of the French-German Experience on the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty” is organized by İstanbul Şehir University Department of Sociology, Department of Turkish Language and Literature and Center for Modern Turkish Studies under the auspices of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. Conference will be held at Conference Hall of İstanbul Şehir University Altunizade East Campus on November 7th and 8th, 2013.

It is not difficult to determine that the tensions, which arise among states in the name of “national interests,” even if they cannot be identified by “national interests” directly, have an alienating effect on the nations under question. We know that hostilities between nations may come to an end, thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty signed between France and Germany and the following cooperation between the two states which deepened the idea of unity in Europe. However, no matter how the agreements signed between the states create important outcomes for the amelioration of relations among societies, what really matters is establishing communication and relations between societies, facing the basis of hate, fear and doubt, and forming a new common memory focusing on reconciliation. Thus, from this point of view, this symposium aims to discuss the relations between Turkey and Armenia, mostly focusing on the increasing relations between the two societies over the last couple years, considering the historical, political, and social processes between Germany and France.

Note: Conference will be conducted in Turkish, English and French and Simultaneous translation will be provided.
The conference is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.


07 November 2013, Thursday
13.00-13.30 Registration
13.30-14.15 Opening Speeches
Ferhat Kentel, İstanbul Şehir University
Ronald G. Suny, University of Michigan

14.15 – 14.30 Coffee Break

14.30 – 15.30  I. Session: The Elysée Treaty:  A Consequence or Starting Point of the Franco-German Relationship?
Chair: Emirhan GÖRAL, EU Institute of Marmara University
Ulrich PFEIL, Université de Lorraine, Metz
From the French Occupation in Germany to the « Treaty of Friendship”: The Ways to the Franco-German Rapprochement
Matthias WAECHTER, Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Nice
The Elysée Treaty and Its Impact on Social Cooperation: Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), Societal Laboratory of Franco-German and European Cooperation

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 II. Session: Turkish Armenian Rapprochement
Chair: Muzaffer ŞENEL, İstanbul Şehir University
Tatul HAKOBYAN, Civilitas Foundation
Turkish-Armenian Relations and Caucasian Conflicts
François NAUCODIE, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey
The European Dimension in the Efforts of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation
Rober KOPTAŞ, AGOS Newspaper
The Current State of the Turkish-Armenian Relations and the Role of the Civil Society
Osman KAVALA, Anadolu Kültür
Turkish Armenian Rapprochement: Social and Cultural Dimension

08 November 2013, Friday
09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 12.00 III. Session: Nationalism, Identity and Culture
Chair: Abdülhamit KIRMIZI, İstanbul Şehir University
Jürgen RITTE, Institut d’Allemand d’Asnières at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III
Our Dearest Enemies-Construction and (Re) Construction of National Identity
Samim AKGÖNÜL, Strasbourg University
Between Natio and Ethnos : The Influence of French and German Approach in the Turkish Nation Building Process

Mehmet Fatih USLU, İstanbul Şehir University
Reading Armenian Literature in Turkey
Sona MNACAKANYAN, Yerevan State University
The Representation of Turks in the Modern Armenian Literature
Discussant: Günay Göksu ÖZDOĞAN, Marmara University

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 IV. Session: Crisis and Reconciliation: Actors, Memory and Identity
Chair: Füsun Üstel, Galatasaray University
Corine DEFRANCE, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Historians and the Franco-German Cooperation: The Manuel Franco-German History and the Franco-German History Collection
Vahram DANIELYAN, Yerevan University
Kars as a Literary Space: City and Society in Armenian and Turkish Novels
Mesut TUFAN, The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation
Between Memory and Amnesia, The Phantom Cities of Kars, Gyumri and Ani

15.00 – 15.30 Tea & Coffee Break

15.30 – 17.00 V. Session: The Role of Civil Society in Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement
Chair: Nurullah ARDIÇ, İstanbul Şehir University
Vazgen KARAPETYAN, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
Civil Society Engagement in Armenia-Turkey Relations:  Lessons Learned

Emel KURMA, Helsinki Citizens Assembly
Can We Talk About Reconciliation?
Egemen AKTAN, Özyeğin University, Graduate Student in the Business Department, Head of the International Relations Committee of the Higher Education Council of Turkey Student
Elif ŞAHİN, Yeditepe University, Political Science And International Relations (French)
The Experience of Turkish-Armenian Student Initiative

Closing Session

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