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PSIA Seminar: Lying Side by Side: The Strange Case of Recognition and Denial of the Armenian Genocide in New Zealand

February 6 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

About the Event:

The Armenian people share a history with a small nation at the bottom of the world – New Zealand. During the Armenian Genocide, New Zealand soldiers were witnesses to atrocity, and sacrificed their lives to defend survivors. In the aftermath of the First World War, New Zealand citizens mobilized behind the international effort for Armenian relief. However, over the last century, that history has been forgotten and denied in favor of building a ‘special relationship’ with the Republic of Turkey.
What does the Armenian Genocide mean in New Zealand? How has such a tragic event, with deep and intimate connections to that country and its history, been forgotten? What are the consequences of that forgotten past for both denial and recognition?


About the Speaker:

James Robins is an award-winning journalist, critic, and columnist. He was raised in London, but now lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand and contributes regularly to New Zealand newspapers and magazines. He is the Managing Editor of, part of the University of Auckland’s Project for Public Interest Media, and is the producer and host of the weekly series The Great Crime: A Podcast History of the Armenian Genocide. In August 2018, Robins spoke at the New Zealand Parliament alongside the pioneering intellectual Taner Akçam. His forthcoming book is entitled “When We Dead Awaken: New Zealand, Australia, and the Armenian Genocide.”

Language: English


February 6
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Akian Art Gallery, Paramaz Avedisian Building, American University of Armenia
40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave
Yerevan, Armenia
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