Struggle Against Historical Distortions

A complete version of Vartkes Dolabjian’s paper "The Armenian Genocide as portrayed in the Encyclopedia Brittanica," initially presented at the 2001 international conference of the Association of Genocide Scholars–has been included in the March 2003 Journal of Genocide Research academic publication (Vol. 5. no 1. pp. 103-115).

Dolabjian–a contributor to the Canada-based Horizon newspaper–discloses in his paper–Encyclopedia Brittanica’s long running (since 1929) pro-Turkish misrepresentation of the Armenian Genocide.

The upcoming June conference of the Association of Genocide Scholars to take place in Ireland will feature at least two papers that examine the Armenian Genocide.

The first will be a continuation of Dolabjian initial study. In it–Dolabjian and Aram Ajemian examine twenty Encyclopedias published worldwide both in English and French–that misinterpret the facts of the Armenian Genocide.

The second paper "Recognition–Regret–Restitution–Forgiveness–but Never Forgetting," is by Montreal-based Doctoral candidate Myrna Karamanougian.

The Journal of Genocide Research promotes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of genocide–and is designed to serve as an international forum for a broad spectrum of scholars: theologians–philosophers–jurists–moralists–ethicists–political scientists and–of course–historians. Given the contemporary resurgence of extreme ethnic conflict throughout the world–Journal of Genocide Research will allot considerable space to this potentially genocidal danger as well as to the serious problems it poses politicians–diplomats and policy makers who seek to predict and prevent genocide.

The Association of Genocide scholars is an international interdisciplinary–non-partisan organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of Genocide. The Association is an affiliate of The Institute For the Study of Genocide–New York–Dr. Helen Fein–Executive Director.

Its June conference will review the role of "bystander" and "accomplice" states and organizations; issues of denial; the role of the mass media; children and genocide; evaluations of intervention; the role of international criminal tribunals–international law and truth commissions; after-effects for victims and their communities; and prevention strategies including early warning systems–education and other methods.

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