26 February 2020

CONFERENCE: Genocide, Mass Violence & International Justice after 1919 (17-19 April 2020, Berlin)

We learned of an international conference on genocide, mass violence and international justice after 1919 in Berlin.

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. That summer marked the beginning of two contrasting historical developments. One movement that gathered momentum advocated for peaceful international solutions and justice and for the rescue of the victims, especially those of the Armenian Genocide and other mass atrocities. First steps of international justice were debated, the first High Commission for Refugees was created by the League of Nations. On the other hand, a contrasting moment set the ideological foundations of the worst atrocities the century was yet to experience.
In this regard, the conference sits at the intersection of two burgeoning fields of historical inquiry: the history of humanitarianism and international justice, on the one hand, and the history of political violence and radical political ideology in the interwar period, on the other. It aims to explore how these contrasting movements were affected by the atrocities of World War I and by the Treaties that ended the war (from Versailles to Lausanne), and what part they eventually played in political thinking in Europe.

Day One 17/4
Welcome Remarks
Nicolas Tavitian - AGBU Europe
Rolf Hosfeld - Lepsiushaus Potsdam
"No peace to end all violence": Nationalism, Imperialism and Internationalism after 1919"

Day Two 18/4
Panel 1: Atrocities Against Civilians and the Rise of Humanitarian Movements
Chair: Nicolas Tavitian (AGBU Europe)
9.00 - 10.30
Melanie Tanielian (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): Violence, Aid and Non-State Actors: Humanitarian Intervention in Nineteenth-Century Anatolia
Charlie Laderman (King's College London): The Anglo-American Struggle to Save the Armenians and Remake Global Order
10.30 - 11.00
Coffee break
11.00 - 12.30
Hilmar Kaiser (Yerevan State University): The Armenian Origins of the Near East Relief
Roy Knocke (Lepsiushaus Potsdam): Fridtjof Nansen: The Plight of Statelessness as an International Challenge
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch break
Panel 2: Post-Versailles Europe
Chair: Rolf Hosfeld (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)
13.30 - 15.00
Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Newcastle, Australia): Mass Violence - the Elephant in the Room at the Conference of Lausanne
Momme Schwarz (Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig): Jewish Minority Protection during the Interwar Period - The Comité des délégations juives and the Schwarzbard Trial
15.00 - 15.30
Coffee break
15.30 - 17.00
Chalak Kaveh (Volda University College): The Apex of European Traditional «Gypsy policy» in the Interwar Period – A History of Policy Radicalization
Stefan Ihrig (University of Haifa): Learning from the Turks - Interwar Germany, the Nazis and the Quest for Violent Solutions
17.00 - 20.00
Visit of the exhibition "Johannes Lepsius and the Armenian Genocide" at the Lepsiushaus in Potsdam

Day Three 19/4
Panel 3: The Origins of International Justice
Chair: Ronald G. Suny (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
9.30 - 11.00
Gurgen Petrossian (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg): The Impact of the Istanbul Experience on International Criminal Justice
Hülya Adak (Sabanci University/Free University of Berlin): Andrei N. Mandelstam and the History of Human Rights between the World Wars
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30
Edita Gzoyan (Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan):
Violence against Women and Children
in the Context of the Development
of International Law
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch break

Panel 4: Remembrance and Transnational Justice in the 20th & 21st Century
Chair: Roy Knocke (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)
13.30 - 15.30
Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): The Complexity
of Denialism in Turkey during the Interwar Period
Gerd Hankel (Hamburg Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Culture, HSFWK): The Relationship between International Criminal Justice and Remembrance
Michael B. Elm (Tel Aviv University/Free University of Berlin): Remembering the Great War in the Middle East. Constructing Cultural Trauma in Aljazeera (English) Documentaries
15.30 - 16.00
Coffee break
Concluding Panel
16.00 - 17.30
Rolf Hosfeld (Lepsiushaus Potsdam), Ronald G. Suny (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and other conference participants

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