Postmemory of the Armenian Genocide: A Comparative Study on the 4th Generation in Turkey, Armenia, and Diaspora

Start date: June 2015
End date: June 2017

It’s been hundred years since the Armenian Genocide. Today, the grandchildren of the victims are the 4th generation after the Genocide. The memory of this generation, constructed through the transmission from older generations, plays a key role in the process of confrontation with, and working through the past in Turkey. As a research group from Sociology Department at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (MSGSÜ), and Association for the Study of Sociology of Memory and Culture (BEKS), we have started a research on the memory of the Genocide among the Armenian young people in Turkey. In the second part of the research, we aim to perform interviews with young people in Yerevan and diaspora to compare the memories of the Genocide among all groups. The purpose of this research is to analyze the post-memory of the Genocide in its comprehensive sociological dimensions and to determine the possible effects of the 4th generation after the Genocide in the process of confrontation with, and working through the past in Turkey. To this end, 80 in-depth interviews will be conducted with young people between the ages of 18-35 in Turkey, Armenia, and diaspora.

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