Research workshop Remembering/Forgetting Imperial Past: Nationalism and the Making of Ethnicities around the Black Sea

31 March 2017
Aston University,
North Wing First Floor, Room NW 104B

9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30-11.00 Panel 1: Remembering and forgetting imperial past.

  • Kerem Öktem (University of Graz) Coming to Terms with Genocide in a Perpetrator State: Power, Denial and Recognition.
  • Andrea Weiss (Central European University) Remembering and Forgetting: Ottoman Legacies in Adjara and Abkhazia.
  • Ahmet Erdi Öztürk (University of Strasburg/University of Graz) Delectation or Hegemony: Turkey’s Religious Nationalism in Bulgaria via the Diyanet.
  • Vladimir Kolesov (Krasnodar State Museum of History and Archaeology) Imperial Colonialism vs. Soviet Indigenization (korenizatsia): The Nation-building on the North Caucasus (discourses and practices).

11.15-12.45 Panel 2: Emplacing memory and/or (dis)locating nation

  • Petruţa Teampău (Babeș-Bolyai University) Sulina: Reading the Urban Palimpsest.
  • Erol Saglam (Birkbeck, University of London) Modalities of Remembrance: Discretion, Places, and Subjectivity in Trabzon, Turkey.
  • Nayat Karakose (Hrant Dink Foundation) Persisting Through Time and Collective Conscience:  Towards the Hrant Dink Site of Memory.
  • Ani King-Underwood (Independent documentary film producer/director) Memories of a home, facing trauma and challenging denial.

12.45-14.30 Lunch and screening of the film directed by Ani King-Underwood
14.30-16.00 Ethnicities and diasporas

  • Deema Kaneff (University of Birmingham) Religion, Local Customs and Identity in Rural Ukraine.
  • Igor Kuznetsov (Kuban State University)
  • Heloisa Rojas Gomez (European University Institute) Crimean Italians: Intersections between History, Memory and the Individual.
  • Anton Popov (Aston University) Un-making Armenian ethnicity in the Georgian town.

16.15-17.00 Round table discussion: Memory work as politics and practice of identity in the Black Sea region and beyond (the dialogue between practitioners, researchers and civil society activists).
17.15-17.30 Workshop conclusion


Workshop Organizers

Dr. Anton Popov,
Dr. Ebru Soytemel
Department of Sociology, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, United Kingdom

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