Can Armenians in the diaspora have a voice and engage Armenian issues in Turkey today? Can they do so in a meaningful manner? These are critical questions that our speaker, Ara Sarafian, has probed in Turkey over the past 30 years. His work has ranged from working in Turkish archives and probing official Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide to building bridges with Turkish civil society organisations for peace and reconciliation. He has worked with Turkish historians, human rights' activists, and members of civil society organisations. His focus has been on Istanbul, Diyarbakir and Bitlis. In his illustrated talk, Engaging Turkey, he will give insights into his own activities in Turkey - focusing on Diyarbakir and Bitlis - and discuss how diaspora Armenians might engage new, meaningful opportunities addressing Armenian issues in the years ahead.
Ara Sarafian is a historian specialising on late Ottoman and modern Armenian history. He is also the executive director of the Gomidas Institute in London.