Interview with Taner Akcam, November 8, 2010
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Interview with Taner Akcam, Associate Professor of History at Clark University's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Interview conducted in Ithaca, NY on November 8, 2010. Professor Akcam is the author of A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility, published by Metropolitan Press in 2006.
Interview Themes: How Akcam came to be a scholar of genocide (00:47) Why the study of genocide has been so prevalent and controversial of the past 20 years (10:12) Akcam's arrest and the issues that brought him into politics in the 1970s (16:09) How Akcam saw the Turkish state in the 1970s (20:48) Early responses to the work of Akcam on the Armenian issue (26:12) Retrospective view of the aspirations of the student movement of the 1960s and 1970s in Turkey (30:08) The next generation of intellectuals in Turkey and elsewhere and their relationship to ideology (34:53) The impact of the current preoccupation with memory on contemporary politics (42:20) Dangers of the politics of grievance (48:08) Akcam's interest in writing about Islam (54:13) Aspects of Turkish national consciousness that historians should concern themselves with (1:01:28)
Interview; Taner Akcam