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Armenian Genocide Denial: Implications for Regional Geo-Politics, Cultural Heritage, and Academia

April 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join the Fletcher Armenia Club, Tufts Armenian Club, and the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy for a panel discussion and Q&A on the multi-dimensional consequences of genocide denial, particularly on Turkey’s policy of denial vis-a-vis the Armenian Genocide. The panelists will touch upon how genocide and genocide denial has, and continues to impact the region’s geo-politics, cultural heritage, global academia, and the pursuit of self-determination of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Armenians. Please make sure to register for the event via myFletcher.

The event will be open to the Tufts community only.


Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou teaches in the Program on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she is Faculty Director of the Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy. She is a Co-President of Religions for Peace. Prodromou served a diplomatic appointment as Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012), and she was also a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group (2011-2015). Her research interests focus on the intersections of geopolitics, human rights and religion, with particular focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Her current research projects focus on the intersections of cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) policies and sustainability and resilience of vulnerable ethno-religious communities in the Middle East, and on Greece as a case study for sustaining empathic solidarity for distress migrants in frontline states. The author of multiple edited volumes and book chapters, her most recent publication deals with Russian influence-building through religious soft power, in The Kremlin Playbook 3: Keeping the Faith. She has published widely in peer-review journals, including Journal of World Christianity, Journal of Democracy, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Orbis, Survival, European Journal of Political Research, among others. Prodromou is a frequent commentator and contributor in US and international media platforms, and she has offered expert testimony and briefings to policymaking bodies such as the US Helsinki Commission, the European Parliament, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She has held visiting research appointments from the Center for American Progress, the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, the Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, Harvard University, and Princeton University, among others. She holds a Ph.D. and an S.M. in political science from MIT, an M.A.L.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), and a B.A. in history and international relations from Tufts University. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Marc A. Mamigonian is the Director of Academic Affairs of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research. He has served as the editor of the Journal of Armenian Studies and the volume The Armenians of New England (Armenian Heritage Press, 2004), and is the co-author of annotated editions of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Alma Classics, 2014; with John N. Turner) and Ulysses (Alma Classics, 2015, with John N. Turner and Sam Slote) and of the volume Annotations to James Joyce's Ulysses (Oxford University Press, 2022; with Turner and Slote). His article “Academic Denial of the Armenian Genocide in American Scholarship: Denialism as Manufactured Controversy” was published in Genocide Studies International and other writings have appeared in the James Joyce Quarterly, Armenian Review, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, and elsewhere.
Vahan Bournazian is an adjunct professor for Yerevan State University’s Centre for European Studies master’s degree program in human rights, teaching a course in human rights theory and a practical course in human rights fact-finding. Born in the United States of Armenian ancestry, he earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego and practiced immigration law for 10 years before relocating to Armenia in 2004. He served as Associate Dean of the Department of Law at the American University of Armenia before moving to Yerevan State University where he has taught for 10 years. He has experience with human rights fact-finding and reporting in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Iraq, and Armenia. In addition to teaching law and human rights in Armenia, he has also been regularly engaged as a trainer and as a consultant for civil society organizations in Armenia. He produced a guidebook for group self-education and activism, and his articles on human rights issues are well known in Armenia.
Simon Maghakyan Simon Maghakyan is a visiting scholar at Tufts University, Lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver, and PhD student in Heritage Crime at Cranfield University. He is also the Executive Director of the Save Armenian Monuments project, which pursues the safeguarding of in-situ Armenian Christian heritage at risk. Maghakyan's expertise primarily revolves around the treatment and status of Armenian Christian heritage in contemporary eastern Turkey, Nakhichevan, and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Maghakyan is best known for having exposed the secretive erasure of over 28,000 medieval Armenian monuments in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan. His investigative research has been praised as "rock solid" by The Guardian and his commitment to raising awareness about cultural erasure has been called "relentless" by The Los Angeles Times. Maghakyan's writing has appeared in TIME, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Hyperallergic, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. He tweets at @simonforco



April 21, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Crowe Room, Goddard 310
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA United States


Fletcher Armenia Club
Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy
Tufts Armenian Club

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