YEREVAN — The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) will host the twelfth conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) with the theme “The Comparative Analysis of the 20th Century Genocides”, July 8-12, 2015.
Holding this prestigious conference in Yerevan will be unprecedented both in terms of the number of participants and the high academic level, and also in the perspective of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Genocide scholars and hundreds of academicians from the related fields from around the world will participate in the conference “The Comparative Analysis of the 20th Century Genocides”.
The conference is dedicated to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, as well as to the 70th anniversary of the World War II and the Holocaust.
The conference will begin with a visit to the newly developed AGMI exhibition. During the conference participants will be able to devote one day to an optional excursion to Gyumri, the city where the world largest orphanages were established by American Near East relief after the Armenian genocide and to visit Memorial to Musa Dagh Resistance in nearby Yerevan, IAGS website reports.
The head of the local organizing committee of the conference, director of AGMI Hayk Demoian said: “This conference is going to be an exceptional event in the field of Armenology and particularly in the field of Armenian Genocide studies. Hundreds of prominent experts and young scholars will arrive in Armenia, whose participation in the IAGS twelfth conference will be a good opportunity to have more profound perceptions of the Armenian Genocide and its consequences, as well as to get well acquainted with Armenia and the Armenian culture”.
The International Association of Genocide Scholars recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1997 and received the RA President’s prize for its significant contribution to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 2010.
IAGS is the leading and the largest organization of scholars studying genocide and crimes against humanity. The association was founded in 1994 by famous scholars Israel Charny, Helen Fein, Robert Melson, Roger Smith and today it unites more than 500 scholars from around the world. The association aims to investigate and teach the causes of genocides in the world in order to prevent the genocides in the future. The Armenian Genocide has always been in the focus of genocide studies by the members of IAGS.