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New York University

May 14-16, 2006

“The Boundaries of Genocide: Intentions, Histories, Peoples.”

The fifth WATS meeting will be hosted by New York University. It will
convene for two days, May 15-16, 2006. The organizers, Professors Muge
Gocek, Ronald Suny and Gerard Libaridian of the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, have started developing the program for the meeting along
with our partner in the hosting institution this year, Professor Paul
Boghossian, Department of Philosophy, NYU.

The theme of this meeting will be “The Boundaries of Genocide:
Intentions, Histories, Peoples.” This theme will allow us to delve
the problems of defining genocide and its application to the situation
in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, in terms of both the
intentions of the Ottoman Government and the cases of various
non-Turkic peoples of the Empire.

We are inviting scholars interested in the various dimensions presented
by the theme to submit proposals for papers to be discussed at this
meeting. Abstracts of proposed papers, less than 400 words, should be
submitted by January 31, 2006 to Prof. Gerard Libaridian
(glibarid@umich.edu). Authors of proposals accepted for presentation
will be notified by February 15, 2006. They will also be expected to
submit their full papers by March 31, 2006 for general distribution.
All participants will be expected to have read the papers before the

Consistent with our practice in the past, authors will have 8-10
minutes at the workshop to introduce the highlights of their papers. We
need to ensure that most of the time during sessions is devoted to
discussions and exchanges of views.

We are projecting only six to seven sessions for WATS V, to be arranged
once we finalize the list of accepted abstracts. In addition, we will
have one evening gathering, on the 15th, devoted to one or two major
scholars whose works inform the theme.

To preserve the character of the meeting as a workshop, the total
number of attendees will be limited to 45 persons maximum, including
the authors of the 18-21 papers, the guest scholars, the organizers,
and some invited guests.

Finally, we are planning for a public session at the end of the
sessions, on the evening of May 16. The purpose of the session is to
inform the public of the WATS process, the progress made thus far, and
likely directions in the future. Given the venue of the meeting and
increased interest in our subject and WATS, we can expect a relatively
large participation by the general public and the press.

The organizers will pay for travel and room and board expenses for
those whose abstracts have been accepted for discussion and who have
submitted their papers by the March 31 deadline.

Participants are expected to arrive in New York Sunday, May 14, and
leave on the 17th. We will be providing details regarding logistics in
due time.

As in the past, the funding for the fifth meeting of WATS is provided
by non-governmental sources. New York University is providing a
substantial portion of the estimated expenses; the organizers will
secure the balance through other academic institutions.

For the organizers,
Prof. Gerard Libaridian
Department of History
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Email: glibarid@umich.edu
Tel: 1-734-973-3239 (H)
1-734-763-4555 (O)

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