Round table organized by Joachim J. Savelsberg and Hakan Seckinelgin, 2018-2019 Paris IAS fellow
How can films and graphic novels fight denial of genocide and secure recognition? How can they inform scholarship on issues of mass violence? Can they, in reverse, benefit from the work of historians, social scientists and other researchers? The round table addresses these questions in a time in which human rights agendas expand, but in which, simultaneously and paradoxically, denial persists. This is also a time when movements strengthen that subscribe to the same ideas and symbols that once gave rise to genocidal regimes.
Three panelists, two filmmakers and one scholar, will show and discuss segments of films, images of graphic novels, and related representations in the spirit of the above questions. Panelists are renowned filmmakers Serge Avedikian and Bernard George and Claire Mouradian, historian at the EHESS and curator of historic exhibits on the Armenian genocide.
Joachim Savelsberg and Hakan Seckinelgin, both currently fellows at the Institute for Advanced Study of Paris and organizers of the event, will facilitate the session.
18:00 Brief introduction by organizers/facilitators
18:10 "La Ligne de Vie", a film by Serge Avedikian
18:25 Reflections by Serge Avedikian
18:40 Segment of "Le procès Tehlirian, la vengeance des arméniens", a film by Bernard George
18:55 Reflections by Bernard George
19:10 Commentary by Claire Mouradian on graphic novels and related representations on the Armenian genocide
19:30 Questions by facilitators and audience and responses by panelists
19:55 Concluding comments by facilitators
20:00 End of symposium