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On April 14, 2011 Dr. Keith David Watenpaugh presented his paper Hate in the Past Tense: Understanding the Origins of Armenian Genocide Denial as a Problem of Contemporary Reconciliation at the University of Minnesota as a guest of the CHGS.
In his talk Dr. Watenpaugh explored how aspects of Armenian Genocide denial first emerged around a discrete historical moment, in particular international humanitarian relief efforts on behalf of Armenian Genocide survivors in the early interwar period. Thinking about denial in this fashion creates a space in which to reflect critically about how history as both a discipline and practice operates in the spheres of power and public opinion, especially across political and cultural divides.
CHGS is pleased to announce its new YouTube Channel CHGSumn where you can view Dr. Watenpaugh's lecture by clicking here.
Keith David Watenpaugh is a historian and associate professor of modern Islam, human rights and peace at UC Davis. Watenpaugh is the author of one of the definitive studies on the Arab middle class and revolution, "Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism and the Arab Middle Class." He has lived in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey and worked in Iraq. Recently he was the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow in International Peace at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies and is at work on a study on the history of human rights and humanitarianism in the Middle East.
For more resources visit the CHGS Armenian Genocide page.